This term the NSPCC visited our school and delivered their Speak out, Stay safe programme which teaches children aged 5-11 about safeguarding in a lively, interactive and memorable way. A specially trained volunteer delivered assemblies for KS1 and KS2, sharing information about how they can keep themselves safe from harm and get help if they have worries. The assemblies helped the girls to identify a trusted adult they can speak to if they are worried about themselves or a friend. They also learnt about Childline, and how the service can support them. Years 5 and 6 then built upon this in an hour-long workshop with more volunteers, taking part in engaging exercises, including looking at different scenarios and deciding whether they are OK or not OK.
These were very worthwhile and empowering sessions for both pupils and teachers. The volunteers spoke to the girls and staff about the valuable work they do across the country and talked about how important it is for everyone in our school community to join them in their ‘fight for every childhood’. As a charity, they can only provide these vital resources thanks to the financial support and generosity of their supporters, so we planned a fund-raising event to help the NSPCC’s work in schools.
Having worked out how many steps it would take, Reception to Year 6 took part in a sponsored walk in Valentines Park that was equal to the height of Mount Yamantau. in Russia! It was the quietest walk we have ever been on as everyone concentrated on counting steps in their heads. We were delighted to be able to hand the NSPCC £473.21 and thank everyone who made this possible by sponsoring the girls.