Members of the Wellbeing Team with their award and Assistant Head Mrs Ali

Members of the Wellbeing Team with their award and Assistant Head Mrs Ali

Rhyddings has won the ‘Wellbeing Challenge Award’ for the best student-led wellbeing project at a ceremony held at Burnley Mechanics last week.

Taking part in the project along with ten other Lancashire schools, our students received funding from Lancashire County Council and external support from Lancashire Minds to create a project that would improve the wellbeing of young people. Our Year 8 and 9 team were tasked with exploring the issues which impact upon the overall wellbeing of young people at school and coming up with ideas of how they could help.

The group had a clear vision to offer a peer-supported ‘drop-in’ service which would be available to students during lunch time. Their work involved an action plan to raise awareness of mental health issues, whole school assemblies and presentations to the Senior Leadership Team explaining their aims. This ensured the group gained a dedicated space as mentors to support all students in school and have worked tirelessly throughout the year.

As part of their role within the wellbeing team, the students completed online safeguarding and peer-mentoring training with the aim of training up other students to take over the group in years to come.

Mrs Ali, Assistant Headteacher, said: “I am very proud of our students as they have worked extremely hard to create a valuable service for all students in school. Having their efforts recognised with this award, they continue to feel empowered as young people. The support they have received from Lancashire Minds has helped ensure their vision of helping others has become a reality.”

Business Studies Trips

IMG_6753Year 9 Business Studies students have been busy conducting research for their controlled assignment by visiting 2 contrasting businesses – The Chocolate House, located in Blackburn, and Cadbury World in Birmingham.

In addition to sampling lots of chocolate the students gained insight into the businesses by receiving an educational talk at Cadbury and a demonstration and Q&A session with the owner of The Chocolate House.

Now for the hard work preparing and planning for their controlled assignment – good luck Year 9!