Representatives from the National Citizen Service visited us yesterday to reward us with our Silver plaque as 50 of our Year 11 and Lower Sixth students have signed up to the programme for this Summer. This means we are in the top ten of school in Essex and Hertfordshire in terms of the numbers of students participating in this schem
The NCS offer young people aged 16/17 the chance to learn new skills, meet new people and make a difference in the local community. For more information please see www.ncsingeus.co.ukYear 7 Learning First-Aid Basics
Year 7 took part in basic first-aid training including CPR, using a defibrillator and putting a person in the recovery position. This engaging workshop used resources provided by the British Heart Foundation’s Call Push Rescue package. The message to the pupils is that hopefully they will not need to use life-saving skills, but you should always be prepared for such an eventuality. Doing something is better than doing nothing. The session included checking for danger, assessing the response from a collapsed person and then, if required, administering CPR. Pupils were very engaged and quickly got the idea of the CPR technique. Many pupils found the procedure tiring and were reminded to always call for help and take advice from medically or specifically first-aid trained people. Pupils were also shown the difference between CPR on an adult and CPR on a child.
Mr Hills (Head of Citizenship) commented: ‘The pupils dealt with the scenario presented with maturity and followed instructions closely. Learning these skills is part of our ongoing commitment to ensure that pupils are given broad learning experiences that prepare them for life. I hope that they will never need to use these skills, but if they do, they should be more confident in applying them. It is hoped to deliver other emergency first-aid training in later years.’UN Peacekeepers Day 2017
Head Boy, Alex Uzoka and Head Girl, Olivia Conway represented the school and attended the UN Peacekeepers Day 2017, commemorating over 3,500 peacekeepers who have sacrificed their lives in the service of peace while deployed with the United Nations. They had the opportunity to meet with many representatives from other countries. This year’s event was the biggest UN Peacekeepers’ event in Europe and attendance hit an all-time high with ambassadors, defence attaches and representatives of 115 different Embassies and High Commissions marching to the Cenotaph in Whitehall. They laid a wreath for Dame Margaret Anstee, who was a friend to the school and the first female to head a peacekeeping operation. Further information on this event can be found here. https://www.una.org.uk/news/peacekeepers%E2%80%99-day-marked-largest-ever-memorial-ceremonyYear 8 enjoy fun and practical activities during Globex week
Year 8 enjoyed a range of fun and practical activities from Italy and Lesotho for their Globex week. The activities included designing and building eco-houses, making movies about Lesotho, designing flying machines, making mosaics and playing cricket, to mention but a few. Student feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with bracelet-making being the runaway favourite activity and everyone enjoying a break from homework!