Mr Richards' words Lent week 3
This week saw us celebrate National Girl Child Day. This is a festival in India designed to highlight the quest for gender equality around the world. Mrs Thomas took us through some of the key issues many women are still fighting for and how we can help.
We also welcomed Bob Tate for the drugs and alcohol awareness talks for both students and parents. It was great to see so many of you online and I always find Bob’s talks so eye opening and always learn something new from him. His key message was to ensure that we were aware of both the dangers of drugs and alcohol but also to ensure that we work hard to not create a climate where our young people turn to using these to cope. He reminded us how difficult it was to grow up and how important it was that we created a climate at school and at home where our young people feel comfortable talking to us. It is also essential that both teachers and parents do not create a pressurised environment where young people see substances as ‘medication’. I would like to thank Bob again. We strive to find that right balance between having high academic standards in a compassionate and empathetic environment and value your support in this.
We are looking forward to welcoming Year 9 parents into school for their parents evening and option discussions next week and it was nice to see so many of you in the Unifrog meet last night.
Finally, I would like to make reference to National Holochaust memorial day yesterday. With fewer survivors each year it is so important that we mark the liberation of Auschwitz Birkenau. I was struck by the story of Lily Ebert, a survivor of Auschwitz. Lily kept her murdered mothers gold necklace hidden whilst in the camp and how she has worn it every day since. This was the only piece of gold jewellery to enter and leave the death camp with its rightful owner. It amazed me how this symbol of hope and connection to Lily’s childhood had survived and I urge you to learn more about Lily’s story here. She is an inspiration and it is important that we never forget this dark chapter of human history as we look to build a better world.
I hope you have a great weekend.