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October 25, 2016

Piling into the TV room on a Saturday and Sunday evening with a bunch of girls and some nachos ready to shout our commentary at the telly is one of the many joys of boarding. I often look around the room noting the mix of girls of different ages and backgrounds and see them acting as siblings. It's a beautiful thing. 

Watching TV together is an opportunity for many things. The girls often critique sexist adverts for example and so much television, things like X Factor in particular offer opportunities for debate. I have been told off at least twice for criticising men for not wearing socks with their shoes and reminded that 'you should be commenting on the singing, not what they're wearing Miss H'. We've had opportunity to explore issues of gender, sexuality, censorship and so on. 

But this year I have found myself doing something I haven't done before. I'm backing the underdog. I was never keen on the likes of Jedward, Rylan, Wagner and all the other token comic acts over the...

October 18, 2016

Cue lots of metaphors about being on a journey. Brace yourselves!

The road to whole school wellbeing is not a sprint. It's more like a multi-marathon. A tough mudder, obstacle clad, 'this is sparta' style multi-marathon. OK perhaps I'm exaggerating but plain sailing it is not. Nor should it be. The road to whole school wellbeing should be paved with practices to try on for size, keep, adjust or discard, as appropriate. 

I already mentioned this path started for me as I took on Anti-Bullying at school. Having heard of Anti-Bullying Pro's Ambassador scheme and thought that was the right way for us to go. With SLT approval I went about booking a day's training. For those of you unfamiliar, they do wonderful work in schools, training up young people as Anti-bullying Ambassadors. They champion anti-bullying, are there for peers to approach if they feel they are being bullied, raise awareness and organise anti-bullying activities and events. Brilliant. SLT approve, girls are excited,...

October 9, 2016

Those of you who are a generation ahead of me are probably rolling your eyes right now. You walked 5 miles to school through sleet and hurricanes and A Levels were harder in your day and they knew how to discipline back then…. am I right? OK so I’m clearly taking the piss. There were obviously more physical hardships on teenagers in years gone by that young people today don’t have to experience. Getting to school is more convenient. Discipline is now called sanctions and is more about conversation than cane. Homework can be typed. Answers can be googled. And if your niche happens to be fencing stood on your head whilst reading feminist literature chances are your school can cater for that.

 

So what am I talking about when I say teens have it harder than I did? Than we did.

I didn’t get a mobile phone until I was 16. Maybe a year or two before that I had a pager. I know, so nineties right?!  We had a computer but it wasn’t on the internet until I was a sixth former. When I came home from...

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