This week’s blog sees examples of our pupils being great ambassadors and role models for other young people. Our ‘Young Health Champions’ spoke passionately to deliver information to their peers on the dangers of legal highs and pupils in Technology have incorporated helping those less fortunate into their work this term. It makes me so proud to see such excellent role models amongst our pupils and also their determination to make a difference.
The Lowdown on Legal Highs
Our Year 10 ‘Young Health Champions’ set themselves the challenge of presenting a whole school assembly about ‘legal highs’ this week.
They informed students about the facts and figures that indicate a nationwide increase in the number of individuals experimenting with ‘legal highs’ and also an increase in the number of casualties associated with these substances.
Our champions highlighted the risks and effects of ‘legal highs’ and most importantly the message that ‘legal’ does not mean safe. For more information on the dangers, see the video from the assemblies using the link below.
Dressing the Maasai
Pupils have been hard at work in Technology lessons making dresses for the MaaChild Charitable Organisation in Africa. The aim of MaaChild is to take the brightest children from the Maasai tribe and help them achieve their aspirations with an educational bursary by providing 4 years of secondary schooling; a dream for many children in this part of Kenya. It’s great to see our students helping out by making garments for the Maasai children involved in the programme, lending a small helping hand to children less fortunate with their prospects for a good education.
You can find our more about the Maachild charity here.
Our Year 11 pupils continued their commitment to preparing for their upcoming GCSE exams, where a phenomenal 320 additional revision sessions have been attended since the launch two weeks ago. We have plenty of incentives on offer to help motivate our students including prize give-aways and prom tickets to name but a few. Keep up the excellent effort Year 11!
Winners this week were Aidan Tyrell of Year 7 for Academic Achievement in exceeding expectations in his Computer Science class, Leigha MacLeod from Year 9 who also won for Academic Achievement for her outstanding effort in German and Chloe Hall for Personal Achievement for her peer mentoring and continued attendance at school despite adversity. Congratulations to you all!
What do you do at Southmoor? I work as a Learning Mentor. With my role I have many hats - mother, confidant, mentor, learning supporter - amongst others!
Who was your favourite teacher at school? I had 2 favourite teachers. Firstly Mr. Morgan who was a music teacher here at Southmoor (yes - I was a pupil here a few years ago!). I also really liked Mr Rawson, who taught Business Studies. He was such a knowledgeable person about so many topics; spending time in his lessons was a real treat.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
As most people know now, I play tenor horn for a local brass band.
Who is your favourite musical artist or band? It's got to be Take That. However, I preferred them when there were 4 of them. What's the best thing about Southmoor? Definitely the staff and pupils, especially those students who really appreciate the time and effort you give them.
What's the one thing you could never be without? I’m not sure … it probably has to be crisps. Any flavour apart from smoky bacon. I just love crisps!