Movember @ LSS 2017

The school’s annual campaign to raise awareness of men’s health issues amongst our students.

It is something that I feel incredibly passionate about given that Movember tackles issues that directly impact on the lives of our students as young men.  In particular, Movember raises awareness about prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health, and physical inactivity.  The other associated goal is to help men to live happier, healthier and longer lives by encouraging them to check in regularly with friends and family, take exercise, and to talk about their problems more openly. 

One of the things I love about the Movember campaign at Lawrence Sheriff School is that it really is a whole school effort with involvement from students in all year groups, teachers and non-teachers, parents and governors, all helping out in different ways and making worthwhile contributions.  This year, we have organised for Mark Mapletoft, the Head Coach of Harlequins and a Sheriff Old boy, to come into school to lead a Whole School assembly.  I will also be leading assemblies to all houses, Mrs Costello has adapted the PSRE programme to incorporate Movember, and there are posters and daily notices about the Movember Foundation. 

My experience tells me that all of these things really do stimulate conversation about men’s health and make the boys more open about their problems.  The other aspect of our campaign is raising money towards Movember and we are hoping to exceed the £2000 we made last year.  With that in mind, we have organised our ‘Blue Day,’ which will take place on Thursday 30th 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).  I am also looking to organise a staff vs students football / basketball match on that day.  The other event which took place throughout the month is the ‘Move-ember’ dodgeball competition, which will not only raise money for the charity, but also reinforce the importance of exercise in a healthy lifestyle. 

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John Gaffin Head of Modern Foreign Languages

A few keen staff took the boys on in a Basketball match put on by a very organised and resourceful Mr Gaffin to celebrate the end of Movember.

The match was held Thursday 30 November on a frightfully cold lunchtime, but both teams battled to put out two teams that were eager to go - Iain Wood organising the student team. 

The staff were proactive in their attacking play with Mr Wharton and Miss Parkin making leads; however our team tactic: ‘to purposefully miss these shots to keep the game close’, was working wonderfully. The students then engaged in some spectacular passing between Sean Egan and Rob Williams that lead them to score some impressive lay-ups. Frequent subbing by both teams reflected the speed and intensity of the game; with Mr Wood, Mr Shaw and Dr Johnson working together to get the play up the pitch. Further defensive play from Biant and Alankrit allowed the students to weave the ball up the pitch showing their resilience to some staff defending from Mr Brown and Mr Abbott. Curious self-reff’ing from Mr Shaw game the staff an advantage, however George Meadows worked tirelessly kept the staff well at bay despite Mikey and Mr Clarke’s best efforts. Whilst Miss W scored two baskets; the basket of the match goes to Dr Johnson (set up by Mr Wharton); who elated the whole community watching the game with an impressive 3 point shot to draw the game.

A massive thanks to Mr Gaffin who organised the match.

Charlotte Wooliscroft, Teacher of Geography


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