Johnny Farrell from Stand by Me came to SU today to talk about their work with young people from very poor countries. This made us appreciate everything we have and think about those who have very little. Johnny will be back at SU next week – All staff and pupils are welcome to come. There will be some challenges and prizes!
As part of Learning for Life and Work, our students were doing an HIV/AIDs awareness day to correspond with World AIDs Day (1st December). In Geography they were mapping out countries with the highest incidence of AIDs, in Maths they were analysing AIDs data, in Science they were looking at the biology of a virus, in English they were looking at how the media portrayed AIDs and many other activities were going on across the school. We had a display outside the school with 36 red balloons, each representing one million people affected with HIV/AIDs.
Today Year 11 boys were at an anti-social behaviour seminar organised by the Police&Community Safety partnership. It was based on a drama that used a lot of humour to highlight serious issues facing our young people today. It was a super event that had all of our pupils engaged and they thoroughly enjoyed the Q and A session.
On Tuesday, Year 11 Double Award Science pupils participated in the Chemistry at Work event at Queens university, Belfast, alongside many other schools in Northern Ireland. The purpose of this event was to highlight the importance of Chemistry in the workplace and to make pupils aware of the many career options available by studying Chemistry both at GCSE and A-Level.
Last night Freya and Tanisha from Year 13 participated in the speaking contest for the Soroptimist International Organisation. Both girls did amazingly well and were awarded with a gift and a certificate from the regional president of NI. Freya just missed out winning, however, the president of Soroptomist NI who was present spoke to our students out after the presentations and said how inspiring, gifted and engaging they both were.