|7 Nov 2018|
This November, twelve members of staff and a number of students in years 11-13 will be growing moustaches as part of the Lawrence Sheriff Movember campaign to raise awareness of men’s health issues amongst our students. It is personally one of the things I find most rewarding about my job, because I genuinely believe that our work has a huge impact on our students, helping them to live longer and healthier lives. Over the years, our campaign has grown in size and stature, and the Movember foundation recognise our contribution as a school on their website:
The Movember foundation seeks to raise awareness about prostate cancer, testicular cancer, physical inactivity, and poor mental health, and encourages men to check in regularly with friends and family, take exercise, and to talk about their problems more openly. At Lawrence Sheriff, we try and incorporate each of these key areas and address them throughout the month. We’ve invited a local GP to come and lead assemblies to our students on general health issues and about cancer awareness. There will be a staff vs students netball match in the first week of Movember and in subsequent weeks house netball competitions to reinforce the importance of exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Representatives from Wasps netball team have also agreed to visit the school. We’ll also be raising awareness of mental health including suicide prevention. As a society we are getting better at speaking out about these issues and having suffered from bouts of depression for over 20 years, I know as well as anybody the impact that mental illness can have on someone’s life and the strategies and actions that can be helpful. Through assemblies, poster campaigns and daily notices, I hope that students will subsequently have a greater understanding of mental health and the support networks available.
The other aspect of our campaign is raising money towards Movember and we are hoping to exceed the £2200 we made last year. With that in mind, we have organised our ‘Blue Day,’ which will take place on Thursday 29th November. As part of this, we are having a ‘Blue non-uniform day,’ where students will be encouraged to make a voluntary contribution of £1 and will be allowed to wear predominantly blue non-uniform (including jeans / hoodies). On Blue Day, there will also be a cake sale and many other activities. I am also looking to organise a Movember raffle including prizes such as the opportunity to be a mascot at a Wasps rugby match. Finally, the staff doing Movember (the so-called ‘LSS MoBros’) have set up a fundraising page, and any contributions to this would be extremely welcome (http://moteam.co/lss-mobros).
Head of MFL