YOPEY Befrienders Shining Brightly
Sixth Form students were awarded for the hours they had volunteered at Leawood Manor over the past year during a high tea with High Sheriff, Col. David Sneath. Each week students have spent at least an hour exchanging memories and catching up on the latest news with residents. Year 12 student Jack Dewik came top of the league volunteering 20 hours since the start of the year.
So far there have been around 30 students involved with the Befriender scheme set up by YOPEY which aims to help create relationships between the young and old.
Shrutee Desai, Assistant Head said: “It fits perfectly with our school ethos, which is all about taking the holistic view and developing the whole child. Not only has it increased the students’ understanding of how to do support work, it’s also developed their confidence and offered insight into possible career pathways such as medicine, nursing or social work.”
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YOPEY Article - Nursing & Residential Care publication
Rushcliffe School Action Aid - 'The Big Litter Pick'
As part of Rushcliffe School’s Community Action Aid, summer half term has begun with ‘The Big Litter Pick.’ Students have been really positive and engaged well. The litter pick has been carried out during form time learning by a different tutor group each day. The site staff really appreciate the support and have worked with students to start clearing areas where litter has built up over time.
All students involved will log this in their Action Aid log book. The field and surrounding areas look fantastic. Well done to all those involved.
Student Sprints To Success!
Year 8 student Lizzy Edge ran the London Mini Marathon and came 3rd (U13's girl). This doubles as the British 3 mile Road Champs. Lizzy run the 3 miles in 17.20 minutes!
YOLO Road Safety Production
Performance In Education came in on Wednesday 29th March to deliver a passenger safety production called ‘YOLO’ to Year 9 students. They delivered a production about the importance of passenger safety and the effects it has on both the people in the vehicle and others. After the production Performance In Education delivered a question and answer session and various activities about the importance of passenger safety which was reciprocated well by students. The workshop was engaging and informative and ensured students went away with a further understanding of how to stay safe.
Visit from a Royal Geographical Society Ambassador
The Geography Department welcomed ex-student Matthew Postlethwaite, now a Geography Ambassador, into school on March 2nd. As part of his visit, he talked to Year 9 classes about the importance of Geography and the opportunities it has provided him as a student whilst at university. Matt has been able to attend fieldtrips, both within the UK and around the world, and has developed many transferable skills that will help him to apply for a wide variety of specialist roles outside of university. Matt facilitated an engaging activity where students were tasked with organising different jobs into two categories, ‘No Geography Required’ and ‘Geography Required’. It quickly became apparent that all the jobs benefited from a background in Geography!
In addition some students took part in a workshop. Amy Marsh and Jacob Terry commented ‘the lesson consisted of building earthquake proof buildings with spaghetti and marshmallows. Matt then shook the table in order to create an earthquake and to see if our buildings would survive. This was fun and exciting’.
A big thank you to staff, parents and pupils for their contributions either through £1 donation for non-uniform or baking cakes, making smoothies to sell and sponsoring students for their inventive ideas (sponsored silence, 3 legged day). Many thanks to pupils in Year 7 who gave their pocket money and all the students who then helped us count and bag up the coins ready for banking.
The total monies raised for comic relief was £1769.38.