On Monday the school timetable was suspended for the first of 3 PSHE days this academic year.
Students worked in year groups on a range of topics lead by Faculties.
Year 7 spent the day looking at internet safety, Health and Anti- bullying.
Year 8 had a Democracy day were they found out what democracy was, types of government, party manifestos and political broadcasts. In the afternoon they then had to design their own political party manifesto.
Year 9 were involved in an Enterprise/careers day. Students had a presentation from Job Centre Plus, produced promotional material for the up and coming production of Hairspray, including a script for a Radio advert – winning script will be recorded for the School Radio and finally undertook a Dragons’ Den activity, working in teams of 4/5 to come up with an original idea/product to put to the Dragons, there was a prize for the group who had the most money invested after their presentation.
Year 10 had a day of Crime and Safety Awareness led by the “Prison, Me, No Way” team. Students had a carousel of activities including what life is really like in prison, this included being put in a prison cell, knife crime, arson, Electronic tagging, a street scene where acting was called for from some students and an authentic and at times emotional story from an ex offender. The school would like to thank sponsors (Tendring District Council Community Safety Department and Essex Police & Crime Commissioner) of this event for allowing it to take place for the first time at HDHS.
Year 11 had a varied day starting with, sadly, a test, the remainder of the day included a Romeo and Juliet workshop which included looking at relationships and roles in society as well as understanding the excerpts from an English point of view, revision strategies – modal maps, recall, memory and retrieval and finally Alan Maloney from Speaker for schools gave a presentation about what it is like to work in industry and what employers are looking for in their workers.
The next PSHE day is February 1st.