“Innocent until Proven Guilty!”
In PSHE in May, Sharron Cox, a Magistrate working in Hertfordshire, talked to our Year 8s about the “Justice System in England and Wales”. Pupils were given the opportunity to discuss various cases and reflect on the implications of a trial in the court room.
Pupils thought reflectively about the consequences of a real case of assault on a bus driver and demonstrated huge interest in the subject of fairness and justice.
Pupils argued over the correct sentence for the defendent and were surprised to hear that in law “Ignorance is no defence”. Also, Year 8’s learned that simply being with the wrong crowd means that you are as guilty as the person who took the lead in the crime. This is known as “Joint Enterprise” in the legal system.
Finally, young people, from as young as 10 years old, can be sentenced to a maximum of 2 years custody in a Young Offenders Institute which can be anywhere in the country! A good reason to stay on the right side of the law, Year 8s!
Love where you learn! Keep Ralph Sadleir Tidy!
In PSHE this Spring, Year 8s have been considering the value of a strong community. Pupils have identified that a successful community takes caring and responsible citizens who take a pride in where they live. Everyone plays their part from the lollypop lady to the local MP.
Year 8s have considered their own contributions to the community. I am pleased to say we have farmers in the making and helpers for the elderly. Some students have shared their passion for gardening and horticulture by improving the plant beds in the school environment which look fantastic!
In contrast to the valuable efforts at improving the community, pupils considered the impact of anti social behaviors and thought about the consequences of careless acts of litter dropping, graffiti and vandalism. Year 8s realized the cost to the British tax payer for cleaning and repair bills – a staggering £850 million a year !Just imagine what our local communities could do with that sum of money!
This is money that Councils could have spent improving roads, providing more nursery and school places, providing better care for elderly people or people suffering with bad health. It is time to change people’s behaviour.
An Anti-litter campaign evolved from pupil discussions and Mission “Clean up Sadleir” was launched!
Theatre ADAD’s Drug and Substance Abuse programme
“On the 25th January a group called ADAD came in to show us (Year 7 and 8) the risks of taking drugs. They gave an amazing performance called ‘Wasted’ about a boy called Ryan, and explained how he made a fatal mistake of taking drugs and the effect on the rest of his life.
They also taught us about different types of drugs and what they could do to us if we took them. We all thought this was a very important session to have as it will guide us to make the right choices later in life.” Claire, Year 7.
The programme lasted 2 hours and consisted of:
A play / performance
This was 30 minutes long and is designed to engage, entertain and stimulate the audience. It tells a story about the issue and creates readily identifiable characters, dilemmas and moments of conflict and choice. The play leaves the audience ‘active’, wanting to discuss and explore what they have seen and wanting to resolve the problems that characters might be facing.
This is an interactive way of discussing and exploring the issues in depth. The workshop is non-didactic, in that it does not tell the participants what to think, what to do or how to behave. It is through discussion and active involvement that the audience learn and discover for themselves ways of dealing with a host of situations and dilemmas (by meeting and challenging characters from the play, being given the opportunity to take part in scenes from the play and trying to change the course of events) . ADAD actors create a safe environment where participants feel they can be open and honest and that their thoughts and opinions are valued.
If you are interested in finding out more about this activity, please take a look at Theatre ADAD’s website http://www.theatreadad.co.uk/drugsandsubstancemisuse.html
Please also take this opportunity to discuss the subject of alcohol/drug misuse with your son or daughter so that together we can begin to dispel the misunderstandings and stereotypes, and offer factual and helpful information.
Year 7 students have considered the real meaning of beauty.
We are living in a society where we are bombarded by images of celebrities, glamour, material wealth and lavish lifestyles. These images are found everywhere on TV, in films, in music videos, advertisements, the internet, the list goes on….. So what impact does this media exposure have on young people?
When Year 7 pupils were asked how the magazine images made them feel, they replied in deflated tones, “ugly”, “fat”, “unattractive”, “worthless”, “jealous”. The constant exposure to images of “digitally enhanced” bodies and “airbrushed” skin is clearly having a very negative effect on the confidence and self-esteem of young people.
Boys are certainly not immune to these pressures either. Year 7 boys described the pressure to become able sportsmen, to have “a six pack” as well as the need to behave in a macho way.
In follow up discussions, students tried to define the term beauty. Is it something physical? Or is beauty only skin deep? The pupils came up with their own interpretations of beauty and started to appreciate that the value of a person should not be determined by material wealth or their physical appearance.
Mrs Davey, PSHE Co-ordinator.