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A group of Year 10 students attended a Healthcare Insight Day provided by and delivered at the University of Derby.

The students were able to choose two workshops from the following occupations: Diagnostic Radiotherapy;  Biomedical Health; Mental Health Nursing; Adult Nursing and Occupational Therapy. There were talks from lecturers from those disciplines and the students were able to visit the interactive nursing suite. The students also had a general tour of the Kedleston Road Campus.

Before the visit 30% of the students were considering a career in Healthcare, after the visit this rose to above 80%.

Here are some of their comments:

“It really expanded my knowledge of the NHS field, I now know that I would like to go to University.”

“I think that it was very interesting! I loved it and now I know what I want for my future!”

“I think that it was a good decision to go to this opportunity and I learned things I didn’t know before.”

More than 100 students are acting as wellbeing ambassadors as part of a focus on mental health.

Teacher Mrs Heyes came up with the idea to run a wellbeing scheme in school and ran assemblies asking for students to volunteer to become ambassadors.

Now there are over 100 across the whole school and they have taken part in three training sessions since the start of the year.

Mrs Heyes said she was proud of everyone who was involved.

She said: “The programme sees students trained up in key area like mindfulness, meditation, stress reduction and emotional literacy. They will then get a badge to wear and a certificate.

“My goal is to have at least two wellbeing ambassadors in each class to serve as positive role models and advocates for good mental health.

“So far ambassadors have taken part in a guided meditation session and we played self-esteem Jenga when we looked at how we can build each other up.

“What we wanted to do was broaden the understanding of mental health. In one of our sessions we talked about was what we would do in school if someone is in crisis, would we know who to go and see and a lot of people weren’t sure.”

Every wellbeing ambassador wears a badge so that their fellow students know they can approach them if they want to talk. The ambassadors also attended a recent Year 9 parents’ evening to talk about their role in school.

Ambassador Chelsea Croft said she thought the scheme was a great idea.

She said: “I think sometimes it’s easier for young people to talk to their peers rather than someone older so in that sense I think having wellbeing ambassadors is a good idea.”

Mr Gritton said: “We are proud of our wellbeing ambassadors and would like to thank Mrs Heyes for introducing this wonderful scheme.

“Mental health is an important issue and hopefully by having wellbeing ambassadors in school this makes it easier for students to talk.”

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Two of our students have been selected to take part in a trip of a lifetime to Morocco with World Challenge.

Kyi Asumang and Blaine Crawford are among 20 students from across the city who have been chosen.

The trip is being organised by World Challenge in partnership with DANCOP and it will take place during the 2019 Easter break.

DANCOP is the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Collaborative Outreach Programme, a partnership between the local Higher Education providers including universities and colleges.

Students will spend 10 nights in Morocco and during the trip they will complete a community volunteering project in a school as well as a trek through the Atlas Mountains and a trip to Marrakesh.

Kyi said they were both happy to have been offered a place on the trip.

He said: “We had an email to say we’d been selected and we were really pleased. It’s an opportunity to do something different. We have already had a training weekend and we made friends with students from other schools who are going on the trip. We learnt about cooking outside and health and safety outdoors.”

Aofie Galletly, assistant headteacher, congratulated the boys on being selected.

She said: “We are immensely proud of the two boys for the work that they did to apply and be accepted onto the World Challenge and for the way that they have seized the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that has been presented to them.”

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The ‘Class of 2018’ was celebrated at our Presentation Evening.

Subject awards were handed out to last year’s Year 13 and 11 students along with GCSE and A-level certificates.

Deputy Head Hazel Boyce welcomed students and their families followed by Chair of Governors, Sherri Medcalf, and new Head of School Martin Brailsford.

Mrs Medcalf congratulated all of the students on their many achievements.

She said: “On behalf of the governors I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of you. It’s such a pleasure to be part of this evening, recognising all of the hard work that you have completed over the years. You are a credit to yourselves and your families and to the wider school community so well done.”

Mr Brailsford gave his first address since becoming Head of School this month.

He said: “Take your rewards and remember the journey that you have been on, remember that support that you have received. I hope all of you feel as proud as I do.”

Sean McClafferty, CEO of the St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi-Academy Trust, was the guest of honour.

He told the students: “Failure does happen and things do go wrong. Resilience is something that you need to have more than anything, the ability to bounce back. How we do things in life matters more than the specific job we do, your God given talents matter more than exam results and you can leave a bigger mark by who you are becoming rather than what you do for a living.”

A series of special awards was handed out which included The Joe Ferrier Award for Best Music Newcomer, presented to Febi Jaimon and Eleanor McLaughlin won The Malcolm Sircom Award for Musical Theatre. Eleanor also won The Roger Bounds Award for Outstanding Performance Across Science Subjects at A-level.

The Brendan McGowan Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Sport was presented to Charlotte Hall and The Alex Field Award and The Maggie Gorman Award for Independent Living Skills were handed to the family of James Howland, a student who sadly passed away last year.

A final vote of thanks was delivered by Head Boy Euan Harrison and Head Girl Grace Jenner.

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Twenty students are being given a taste of life at university after being selected to take part in a prestigious programme.

Seven Year 12 students and 13 Year 10 students were chosen to be part of the Scholars Programme which is run by an organisation called DANCOP.

DANCOP is the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Collaborative Outreach Programme, a partnership between the local Higher Education providers including universities and colleges.

As part of the Scholars Programme, students receive visits in school from university researchers, PhD tutors teach university-style tutorials to groups of students and students visit two leading universities before completing the programme with a final 2,000 word assignment.

Students have already taken part in a launch trip at Nottingham Trent University, during which they had an academic tutorial with their PhD tutor, took part in an Information, Advice and Guidance session, were given a tour led by a current student.

Aoife Galletly, assistant headteacher, said: “As a school, we are delighted to see how the students have grown in confidence in their academic ability and potential. It has been transformative for many of the students.”

Charlie Foster Phillips, lead project officer DANCOP Derby Hub, said: “The Scholars Programme provides learners with a small insight into the world of academia and research. This opportunity is a good fit for Saint Benedict pupils as it encourages their already engaged and inquisitive attitudes to learning.”

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