Eilidh’s agenda to have voice of youth heard

Eilidh Page.
Eilidh Page.

Hawick High School’s Eilidh Page has been chosen as one of Scottish Borders Council’s first pupil representatives.

And the 16-year-old S5 student says her voice is “definitely heard” at SBC headquarters in Newtown St Boswells.

Talking of the selection process which saw her become a studen rep at the council, Eilidh said: “I was put up for the position to represent the school and the Borders. Around six or seven of us from across the Borders then met up in Kelso where we were to make a speech saying why we wanted to represent our schools as part of the committee.

“I was completely unprepared and definitely winged it, I think I even mentioned that in my speech at one point!”

Despite giving an off-the-cuff address, Eilidh did enough to impress and was selected to represent Hawick High.

The small region-wide committee of seven pupil representatives are asked to give their opinions on issues relating to young people and education in the Borders.

Eilidh explained: “We’re usually sent the agenda a week in advance, before sitting in on the meeting.

“Recently, the focus was on the integration of young people which was pretty hefty reading.

“We then give any input we have on the subject and our feedback on the agenda.

“At the minute we don’t have an official vote but our voice is definitely heard.

“Councillors [Sandy] Aitchison and Ron Smith are so approachable, and our voice is really listened to by them I think.” Eilidh also gets plenty of help from home with suggestions to put forward from her two sisters, Niamh, aged 14, and 12-year-old Erin. She said: “They’re usually moaning about things I have to say, but now and again they do give me good ideas to pass on.”

Although she is still unsure of exactly what she wants to study, Eilidh, who began her education at Hobkirk Primary School, is certain she wants to go to university. “I’d like to go into politics or sport, I’m not entirely sure yet,” she said. “I do a lot of coaching at the school so I’d love to be a PE teacher.”