Welcome to our latest edition of the Friday News. I hope you will enjoy seeing more of our students’ work this week.
Head Girl Team elections
I do hope your daughter has been following the Head Girl Team elections. We seek to promote student leadership and student voice by electing quite a large team each year, including students who are currently in years 9 and 10 being encouraged to stand for election. This means that once they are in Years 10 and 11 from September, we have a succession plan in place, and an opportunity for the younger students to learn from those in the year above. You’re probably aware that these young leaders present topics in assemblies, run clubs and activities and lead among students during events such as LGBT week, Pink Week, when we fundraise for breast cancer treatment and our CASCA Macmillan coffee morning. There was an excellent assembly this week in which the candidates explained their policies. I look forward to announcing the successful candidates!
PHSE sessions on racism and inequality
Our students have been learning more about the experience of racism and inequality during their PHSEE lessons this week. They have been exploring the origins of the Black Lives Matter movement and considering how to challenge racial stereotypes. We have looked at racism in the UK and the difference between individual and structural racism. While this can be a difficult subject to learn about, I hope that the school has been able to address it in a way that makes students feel able to talk about it openly and to feel they can do something about it.
If any child is feeling the effects of racism, I do recommend visiting the Young Minds website YoungMinds
This provides help and advice about the impact of racism, and ways of dealing with this. It also provides a great deal of general help and advice about other aspects of mental health.