PSHE Day at Witchford Village College

Wednesday was our third and biggest Personal, Social and Health Education day of the College year. We had many outside agencies attending. They delivered interesting and informative talks to help our young people make the right life choices.

The Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service gave an invaluable presentation about Water Safety, which was well-received by our Year 7 students. The Skills Service brought their popular Activote system. This is an interactive quiz about students’ views on careers and careers information, all Year 7 & 8 students used a hand-held voting device. The College is given feedback on the quiz results enabling us to tailor a full careers programme for our students. This session also included an introduction to the legal profession by Fraser Dawbarns LLP Solicitors.

Staff-lead sessions took place on student relevant topics such as Internet Safety, Peer Pressure, Healthy Lifestyles and Body Image. All were designed to give our students the facts they need to make informed decisions whilst here and in the future. As a big bonus, the good weather meant that many sessions moved outside and a Healthy Lifestyles rounders match proved to be very popular.

We were also lucky to welcome representatives from the National Citizen Service, who informed Year 10 students about their exciting programme. Hopefully many will join this scheme and benefit from the self-belief and new skills that it offers. As a team-building exercise NCS provided Sumo Wrestler suits and a Tug-of-War competition at break and lunch. Our new Principal, Mr Baxby, was seen to be taking part in the Tug-of-War!

It was a fantastic and hugely valuable day. We are very grateful to the local companies and services, including the Police, who gave up their time to share information and their experiences.

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