November Education News

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November sees the start the second half of the longest term. We round up the latest Education news for Journal #2

Hello Yellow at Danes Hill

On Friday 14 October the pupils from Danes Hill School dressed in yellow, in support of Young Minds UK and their Hello Yellow Day. The pupils and teachers donned an item of yellow clothing and come Friday afternoon; the school was a sea of yellow.

During the week pupils participated in a range of activities promoting kindness and mental health. They had the opportunity to complete a wellbeing scavenger hunt, put worries in a stress bucket, write calming butterflies, and enjoy a mindful colouring competition. The week ended with pupils and teachers joining thousands of other people across the UK in raiding their wardrobes to find an item of yellow clothing, in support of Young Minds Hello Yellow.

Pastoral Award For St Benedict’s

The Deputy Head at St Benedict’s School has won a national award from the National Association for Pastoral Care (NAPCE) for his extensive work in ‘Raising Awareness about Pastoral Care’.

As one of the leading safeguarding practitioners in the country Luke has communicated passionately about the subject of pastoral care, reaching out to a national audience via conferences, webinars and podcasts, offering his expertise in how to support students, parents, governors and colleagues.

Beaudesert Park School awarded its Eco-Schools Green Flag

Pupils and staff at Beaudesert Park School have earned international accreditation in recognition of their work in reducing their school’s impact on the environment. 

Eco-Schools is an international education programme that prompts young people to explore sustainability and climate change by leading their own initiatives and programmes.

Last year, the pupils conducted an environmental review to assess where the school could improve its eco-attitude. They reviewed everything from the recycling practices, to energy use, to how environmental themes were addressed in the classroom. Building on their findings, the children planned a year of activities that would boost their green credentials.

The group connected their work to three eco-schools topics; biodiversity, litter and waste. 

Activities included hosting a plant and cake sale, constructing and installing bird boxes, conducting litter picks, and organising food surveys and assessments with catering staff to achieve their aims.

Eco-Schools England Manager, Adam Flint, said, “Earning an Eco-Schools Green Flag Award takes passion, commitment, and a desire to make a difference. Pupils should be proud of their great work. They’re an inspiration and it makes us feel heartened and positive about the future of our planet.”

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