Posted on Friday 10th February 2017
It’s a very special blog this week as it’s a Life Learning (LL) take over with me, Miss N Smith!
This week 2 big events took place, Prison Me No Way (PMNW) for Y9 and The Net Internet Safety for Y7.
Prison Me! No-Way! Is a national educational charity with a core aim of raising awareness among young people about the causes and penalties of crime. The day involved pupils taking part in 6 innovative and definitely memorable workshops all designed to highlight the dangers of crime and its consequences.
Workshop names: Prison Life, Guns and Gangs, Street Scene, Network Rail, Fire & Arson, The Power of an Image. Below are the workshops voted most memorable by Y9.
“Prison Life” gave the pupils a direct insight into how it feels to be put behind bars. Delivered by Prison Officers they were given an insight into the day to day running of a prison and then put inside a life size, fully furnished replica cell with the doors closed behind them! Here’s what Benjamin Wood had to say … “Prison life showed me what an actual prison cell is like as well as officers experiences from working in a prison.” Bradley added “being inside a cell so small for over 20 hours a day would mentally be really tough!”
“Choices and Consequences” really hit home with a workshop ran by an ex-offender who was released from prison just 12 weeks ago. He shared his hard hitting and honest story with the pupils about the effect that his choices had on his family and his future.
Mrs Mcsheffrey felt that this workshop was: “Great. He was very humble and had a good story to tell which he related back to 'choice' very well. He gave enough detail of prison life without going gory or glamorising so was very age appropriate. Pupils responded really positively. There wasn't a peep out of anyone. It was at times a sad story but he didn't ask for sympathy. He was open and honest. He'd only been out for a few weeks and I think that had resonance. I spoke to him after and he was lovely. An ex prison officer came in and that was good too as you got a real picture from both sides.”
Rose Warburton said “I learnt how hard it would be to stay away from my family and friends if I were in prison.”
Another favorite workshop voted by the pupils was “Street Scene”. Pupils were warned of the dangers of getting involved in anti-social behavior, the misuse of alcohol and how this can make you behave differently. This was delivered in an interactive way where pupils were invited to act out scenarios in a specially designed set! Abby Foster thought that this workshop “told us about the consequences of anti-social behavior e.g. being drunk on the streets.”
Phil Wilson from PMNW could not speak highly enough of our school. I received this wonderful message from him that I’d like to share with you…
“First of all may I say that the Crime and Safety Awareness Day yesterday was a very satisfying and fulfilling day for me for a number of reasons. We, as a charitable organisation, pride ourselves on the quality and effectiveness of what we provide to our customers. However, we could not have the same impact without the cooperation of the schools and partner agencies involved. This event highlighted to me the professionalism of all concerned included in which I refer to all the teaching staff, site managers and catering staff who all rallied round to make the day such a success.
The students in Year 9 were a credit to themselves as well as the school and it was good to see all abilities rewarded in the closing session, which just goes to show that with a little encouragement and a unique approach, everyone can benefit. Let's hope that some future difficult choices and decisions the students will invariably have to make have been made just a little bit easier knowing the consequences that could await them.
Thank you for all your help behind the scenes in preparation for the event as I know that it is just a part of the many activities you are involved in. I found your planning and attention to detail so refreshing and made my job so much easier on the day.
Finally, sincere thanks for supporting the work of our charity, hopefully we will be able to return to Werneth School in the future so that subsequent year groups can make informed decisions whilst still enjoying their lives as young people should.”
The second event of the week in LL was Year 7 “The Net!” As you may have seen on the school website Wednesday 8th February was National Internet Safer Day and to coincide with that Y7 visited Romiley Forum (our local theatre) to watch a performance from NK Theatre called “Beth’s Story”. This explored and highlighted the dangers of taking, sending and sharing images on social media and the serious effects this can have on young people’s lives.
Year 7 were impeccably behaved and watched intently to the performance. They were given the opportunity to ask questions to the cast at the end which they did in a mature and inquisitive way which allowed all pupils to get a deeper understanding of the way in which they behave online, the criminal consequences of posting an image without consent and cyber bullying.
In other school news it was a very busy week for the PE department with a number of fixtures and events taking place.
First on Wednesday 8th February Mr Brierley and Phil McGrath our MUFC Hub officer took 5 Year 9 students on a trip to Manchester United's Aon Carrington Training ground for a football fun day, as part of the partnership with the Manchester United Foundation. They participated in 6 different football themed events such as: football darts, football pong challenge, and free kick games. The students were then joined by some special guests during these activities; they included first team players Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Anthony Martial, Antonio Valencia and Tim Fosu-Mensah. It was a great day for the students as they got the chance to meet their idols and speak to them.
Here’s what Paul Pogba had to say about the event:
“It is always memorable doing work with the Foundation; we just want to make kids happy. For me, when I was a kid, it was a dream to meet a footballer, so it’s good to do things like this and to be an example for children as they are the future.”
Look out for our pupils in action at the start of the video below and be sure to check out the Manchester United Foundation Facebook page for the live video where you can see our pupils taking on Anthony Martial in a shooting challenge!
View video here
Secondly, on Thursday 9th February the Manchester United Foundation held their Year 8/9 girls hub tournament at Whalley Range High School. Miss Sloane took 8 girls for the event and they were a credit to themselves and Werneth and performed really well on the day.
There was also a Primary netball festival ran by Mrs Holt d our Y10 Leaders, Year 9 netball tournament and U13 and U15 football matches at Woodley Sports Complex. I’m sure you’d agree that it is amazing to see so many pupils representing Werneth at a number of events.
Remember school finishes on Friday 17th February 2017 for 1 week and returns on Tuesday 28th February 2017.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my Guest Blog. Thanks for reading. I hope you all have a great weekend.
Miss N Smith ☺
Head of Life Learning