Pupils at St Vincent College are looking out for each other

PLANNING EVENTS Luke Mcleod, 18, vice-president of the Students' Union at St Vincent College in Mill Lane, Gosport
PLANNING EVENTS Luke Mcleod, 18, vice-president of the Students' Union at St Vincent College in Mill Lane, Gosport

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THE students’ union is going quite well at the moment.

We’ve taken a keen interest in drug awareness and teenage mental health issues.

They get overlooked quite a lot so we’ve taken that into account.

We believe there are quite a few eating disorders that men have that aren’t really looked at.

It’s the same for people with depression too.

We do have a welfare officer in college but there is more that we could do.

We have been focusing on drug awareness, for example we are having talk by a woman – Jenny Chase – whose son was addicted to heroin.

She came in to speak to me and Olivia Kempton at the students’ union.

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage came in quite recently too.

She comes in every so often and talks to students.

A lot of people who are doing politics, for example, take quite an interest in that.

She does a workshop type drop-in clinic.

The only other thing we’ve got coming up is Comic Relief.

One of the teachers is setting up a joke book and we’re going to have a fancy dress red day.

We’re considering getting in as many of the sport department as possible and do a fancy dress football march.

That’s on March 15.

Students are the sole organiser, we sort it out with all the funding.

We sort out which charities get paid and how much.

Olivia and I sort it all out really.

Alongside the students’ union we’re also part of the governing body.

So we all also take a keen role in that too as we’re the student voice.