FHS competition winners create new city-wide poster

February 23 2018

Fairfield High School (FHS) students are urging Bristol: "don't mess with my future" in a poster campaign unveiled with Marvin Rees, Bristol Mayor.

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Fairfield High School (FHS) students are urging Bristol: "don't mess with my future" in a poster campaign unveiled with Marvin Rees, Bristol Mayor.

 He gave a team of young people from  the school the opportunity to design the poster to help tackle Bristol's litter problem when announcing them as winners of the Community-Apprentice competition in Bristol last June. The campaign aligned to the Mayor's Clean Streets campaign which launched in November 2016, with a pledge that Bristol will be measurably cleaner by 2020.

 Mr Rees said: “The young people really inspired me with their commitment during this project, and I want to harness that passion to inspire others.”

 The students were among 21 teams from ten Bristol schools who took part inthe annual Community-Apprentice competition in 2017. The competition, which is loosely based on the TV show The Apprentice, requires young people, working in teams, to develop and crucially demonstrate personal qualities whilst competing to see who can make the biggest positive impact on their community. 

Team Regen, from Fairfield High School, originally sought to inspire others through their own actions by getting out on the streets and collecting litter. The positive response they got from the public inspired them to do more. They took the initiative to renovate an area of underpass by the skate park at the M32 which is near where many of them live. Off their own backs, they got a primary school involved and ran a competition to come up with the designs and help with the painting. 

Student Ibrahim Hawes said: “After we finished painting the wall loads of the community came out and thanked us because it was a horrible view and now it was really nice for them. Witnessing change before our eyes is incredibly inspiring.”  

The students were mentored over the course of the ten-month programme by volunteers from independent law firm Burges Salmon.