Today, 4 of our students not only attended the Kings Fund Conference in Leeds, but they were speakers there, too! This has been a fantastic opportunity for our students as it’s a national conference focusing on mental health and youth services across the UK, and was a chance for them to present findings from research they took part in regarding youth services in Doncaster and how they could ‘live their best lives’.
Alfie, Kate, Scarlett and Rex have been completely amazing today from start to end, taking the delayed trains in their stride (with a hot chocolate – thanks Anna!) and keeping their composure when we arrived at Horizon in Leeds.
The conference was split into workshops and breakout areas, ours focused on supporting young people in communities using a capabilities approach.
All 4 students spoke confidently, clearly and ‘eloquently’ (a word used by a conference delegate!) and did themselves, me, Anna and Carrie from Doncaster Council, and XP, proud!
During the Q&A session at the end Scarlett even received a round of applause from the professionals who attended our workshop as a result of her answer to a question about the negative effects social media is having on young people. Well done Scarlett!
It’s been an absolute pleasure spending the day with Rex, Alfie, Kate and Scarlett and multiple professionals stopped us to tell us how impressed they were with the young people – one lady stopped the girls to tell them how courageous they were for having the guts to stand up and present to a room of around 35/40 people – they told her “it’s just what we do!”.
The year 10 & 11 Health & Fitness students have started attending the Keepmoat Stadium gym this week as part of their Healthy Active lifestyles unit. They will be investigating different methods of training, principles of training and recommendations around diet and physical activity.
Many thanks to all parents who ensured that the area outside of the school gates was safe for our students when leaving tonight.
As you will have seen we used barriers to ensure there is a safe area immediately outside the gates for the students without any moving cars.
The hope is that we will not have to put the barriers out every night and that it will become a habit when you pick up your children!!
Could I also take the opportunity to remind parents that you need to ensure that car registrations are logged with the school. We are UNABLE to have any fines rescinded as the car park is now managed and monitored by a private company. You are able to register as many different number plates as you wish to cover any family member who might need to come in to either school.
Larry Rosenstock, the CEO of High Tech High, San Diego promised to visit our school when it opens. Larry is the reason Andy and I started on this journey after our trip to his amazing school, and I was privileged to meet him at an educational conference this Tuesday.
During his keynote, Larry showed us some data about his students that was amazing. Over 85% of the children that go to his non-selective school have gone on to graduate from University, as opposed to this typical picture of the UK.
The support we have received from HTH and from Expedtionary Learning’s Ron Berger has been overwhelming and this gives us the confidence to know that our school will be a brilliant success.
We look forward to Larry visiting when our school is open.
Ron is a teacher and carpenter who lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA. His role as teacher at Shutesbury Elementary school allowed him to develop a pedagogy that is now being used in over 160 schools through his current work as Chief Program Officer of Expeditionary Learning.