LGBT+ Books now available through “Oliver!”

Welcome back, SHIELD readers!

What an insane year it has been so far. Some of you have maintained contact this year via our SHIELD Google Classroom but in case you aren’t up to date: SHIELD will be returning to fortnightly in-person meetings next academic year, once restrictions are lifted about mixing year groups.

In the meantime, you can catch up on some popular LGBT+ themes and role-models via Hellesdon’s exciting new Virtual Library Service, “Oliver!”

We have a recommended Reading list of LGBT+ books on the site, which are all available to reserve and renew online, making it easier than ever before to access this content quickly and confidentially.

To find the LGBT+ books, log onto Oliver using your personalised username and your school email password and then go to the tab “Reading Lists”. You’ll see the LGBT+ book list on the side bar to the left of your screen.

Happy reading everyone and please don’t forget to leave a review of any books you enjoy!

-Miss Baker.

Happy International Trans Day of Visibility 2020

582E5E5C-441A-4E49-9F20-F583E65387FAWe are living through some important and uncertain historic times currently in 2020.

Schools are closed and we have had to say “goodbye”to many valued Hellesdon High SHIELD members, who have left Year 11 prematurely, whilst the country is in lockdown.

It is important that we continue to be kind and to remember that now (more than ever before) we are not lone islands. We are a global community and caring for others in that community has never been more important.

Therefore, today if you can mark Trans Day of Visibility in any way, however small, it will be valued. Even if only a few see your efforts: be kind.

International Men’s Day

We are very proud to unveil our SHIELD video for International Men’s Day!

Our video was premiered around school on the 19th November.  We particularly wanted to draw attention to the importance of men’s mental health and why it is important to talk about our worries.


You can watch it here!

School Diversity Week 2019

The SHIELD team have been busy again!

For the past month, we’ve been preparing resources and activities for next week: School Diversity Week 2019.

Our video below explains the main themes of School Diversity Week.  Be sure to give us a like on YouTube!


School Diversity Week is an initiative backed by the government.  Over 150 schools in the UK (and beyond) are hosting activities and charitable fundraisers to raise awareness and support for LGBT+ young people.

The charity, Just Like Us, produces a free toolkit to help teachers and pupils run an event in the week that celebrates LGBT+ equality and challenges prejudice in schools and our wider communities.

We’re very proud to be a Stonewall Champion School for the second year running and proud participants in Norwich Pride in July, where members of SHIELD march in the parade.

Have a safe and happy week!