A busy week for pupil welfare
On Monday, following a stressful period of exams for three year groups, we hosted a pop-up silent retreat room in the Dance Studio. This was facilitated by Darren Yap from Wimble.com and it boasted specialist mood lighting equipment and music.
Pupils who attended found the experience therapeutic, authentic and cosy. One said, "I felt so calm after such a hectic day." "It took me to a happy place", said another. "Instantly my body and mind loosened up and all cares were flushed away as I was suspended in my own imagination", said a third.
There was no speaking or communicating by anyone and guests were able to absorb the music, observe the lights, read inspirational prose or perform guided meditations.
On Wednesday, Fiona Spargo-Mabbs gave a moving lecture on losing her son to drugs, for more information please visit.
The feedback from pupils was very positive. "Taking a drug has more of an impact on others than you, it's very risky and not worth it" said one pupil.
"A real eye-opener to be more careful around unknown things, we need to have the confidence to say ‘no thank you, I don't want to hurt my parents'," said another.
Throughout the week, College has also been raising awareness of the emotive subject of cancer with year group talks and eye-catching posters.
Seven young people are diagnosed with cancer each day in the UK, and too many of them fail to recognise the signs early enough. Learning about cancer removes any stigma, and encourages young people to talk about the disease in a safe and structured environment.
On Thursday Hannah Maxwell from The Teenage Cancer talked about cancer in young people with U4 pupils, encouraging them to take responsibility for their health and make positive lifestyle decisions.
Staff were also encouraged to discuss cancer with their tutees in their Houses or during lessons. They were directed to some excellent resources from the Teenage Cancer Trust.
On Friday Nigel Revell, a professional speaker who concentrates on cancer awareness, spoke to the Lower Sixth and his message was also very well received.