The school would like to offer their best wishes to Mrs Jacobs who is leaving today. She has contributed so much in her time here, particularly in the fundraising for the Guide Dogs over the last year. There will be a new appointment from September, and in the meantime Year 11 will be supported by the wider pastoral team.
It is inconceivable that the school could run at all without the sheer industriousness of our wonderful Pastoral Team. Their time seems to stretch for us all
- the pupils in their care, the admin staff doing their work, the Directors of course for whom their invaluable help is a minute by minute mission and the senior management who rely on them like London taxis for their limitless knowledge.
They support our young people; they support some of us 'older' people on the staff so we should never forget to make sure we are supporting th
em with their heavy load. Whether it's guide dog puppies, lost kit, lost guinea pigs or seriously lost tempers, they help us, calm us, collect the money and talk kindly on the phone home to lessen the bombshell!
Thank you one and all!
Back left - Mr Normington, Miss Toms, Mrs Jacobs
Front left – Mrs Clarke, Mrs Williams (Culture &Diversity), Mrs Bond, Mr Patterson.
During February the West Bridgford School acknowledged LGBT History Month with a thought-provoking assembly to all year groups. The assembly team (our Stonewall steering group) talked about the life of Alan Turing and other openly LGB or T inspirational people. It was an ideal opportunity to reinforce the importance of inclusion and equality for those who identify as LGB or T., as well as talk about what our staff and pupils have been doing to acknowledge and celebrate diversity.
Also during the week we were pleased to welcome Wayne Dhesi - youth coordinator at Stonewall, and Matt Lister – Team GB Canoeist and Olympic hopeful. Matt talked very openly about his experience of ‘coming out’ as gay and how difficult he found secondary school. However, with supportive family, friends and team mates Matt felt encouraged to become a Stonewall role-model and share his story with other young people to help raise awareness about the negative impact of prejudice-related bullying, as well as to reassure young people who are questioning or may have family or friends who are LGBT or T.
Here’s what staff and pupils had to say about it:
“The sessions were inspiring to young people helping them understand how people can suffer because they are bullied for perceived differences and how they can rise above this and lead a successful fulfilling life. The students really listened because someone not that much older than them was prepared to be completely honest and open with them sharing his life experience” Mrs Cooper – PSHE Coordinator
“The stonewall group were interesting and offered a thought-provoking experience. I also gained a knowledge of what they do and how it helps people who are LGB or T”
J Baker year 11
“I found the session very informative and the relaxed atmosphere made me very comfortable to ask questions and express my opinions towards the subject”
R Hatley – year 11
“When I walked into the workshop, I thought what is this going to be about? Then once the visitors started talking about their life it became clear. Matt Lister is a very inspirational guy and showed that there is no shame in being gay”
S Gadsby – Year 10
“Hats off to my generation for learning to accept people’s differences”
N Abid – year 10
NCS is a government-backed programme for all year 11s and 12s, which takes place outside of term-time. Through a variety of physical, personal and creative challenges, young people learn leadership, communication skills and team work. The programme culminates in a community project, designed and delivered by young people in their local area.
Each programme runs for 4 consecutive weeks, with weekends off.
Part 1: five days (four nights) – a week of exciting outward-bound challenges like abseiling and canoeing at one of our outdoor activity centres, then head home for the weekend.
Part 2: five days (four nights) – a week of skills-building workshops with local businesses focusing on communication, leadership and employability skills with fun evening activities like silent discos or sports at one of our residential centres, then head home for the weekend again.
Part 3: two weeks – they’ll choose, plan and deliver a community project in teams and make a real difference in your local area – it might be redecorating a youth centre, working in a food bank, fundraising for a homelessness charity or even creating a sensory garden for disabled people.
Students will be in teams of up to 15, with a team leader and mentor to guide them through every step of the programme. All staff are fully trained and DBS-checked; all our outdoor activity instructors are fully qualified, so don’t worry, they’ll be in safe hands.
They’ll definitely learn new skills, improve their CV and build their confidence, but most important of all they’ll make new friends and be doing something productive and fun with their holidays.
Government funding means that the cost to you for the programme is only £50 (although the value of each place is over £1,400). This fee covers all the accommodation and food (during the residential phases), plus activities and equipment. Bursaries are available for families who are in receipt of means-tested benefits.Please see your pastoral assistant or Miss Williams if you would like more information about NCS’s summer programme.