Students at our Academy had a whole day to concentrate on their own wellbeing as part of our school’s ethos of character education. Collaborating with youth services within the borough of Waltham Forest and local police, we hosted a carousel of workshops for students to learn about maintaining good mental health, anti-bullying, how to manage conflict effectively, substance misuse and their rights in stop and search. Students also received a motivational lecture from Paul Oginsky, an expert in character education, where the aim is “to claim self-esteem as a foundation for the student journey”.
As our Academy is home to creative arts students, the day had its own unique flavour with performances and music throughout. The music students also held a charity gig for the Give a Gig campaign raising money for Youth Music. Our Academy runs a Wellbeing programme alongside vocational courses to provide a framework for students to learn. Singer/Songwriter Raphaella also visited our campus to speak on her work with the #iSTANDfor anti-bullying campaign where she spoke on her experience as a victim and performed her single ‘Beautiful Like Me’ to a room of lucky learners.
“Many of our students have experienced social barriers in their lives and, by focusing on wellbeing, the Academy helps students overcome them. We want to emphasise students’ positive values and enable them to have the resilience to succeed.” - Sacha Corcoran MBE
Students found the workshops interesting and insightful. One student commented, “the health of your brain is really important and it’s good to have a day to really think about things. I’m going to start challenging myself to improve my self-esteem”. Another student said, “I learned some shocking facts about the effects of drugs and alcohol on the brain. I’d rather have a cup of tea!”