Recognising Kindness

One of our SHIELD members, Grace, perfectly demonstrated the values of our group over the Easter holiday when she assisted a stranger in need…

“During Easter, I was returning home from a visit to my gran’s house. At a crossing in Hellesdon I saw a lady waiting to cross the road who was hearing and visually impaired.

Luckily I’ve recently had training on Braille and I had a Braille sheet in my bag. I was able to help the lady by guiding her gently on my arm.

The lady was so pleased, she tried to offer me a present but I refused. I don’t want any reward, it’s just nice to be nice.”

Well done Grace! That’s the spirit of SHIELD!

Disclaimer: Please be safe and don’t talk to strangers if you are on your own or in a secluded location. Always make sure someone knows where you are and never go inside a stranger’s house, even if they seem nice! Your safety is very important. IMG_8039

The Big Unveiling…

IMG_8034Our SHIELD logo is finished, fabulous and ready to be circulated for the world to see!  Designed by Kyra Cornish, one of our talented pupils and a SHIELD member, the SHIELD judging panel chose her design over other brilliant entries for its powerful message.

Firstly, we have the person with the globe for a head to reflect our commitment to making our local and global community a more loving, supportive place.

Secondly, we have the figure in LGBTQ+ colours who symbolises our respect and equal acceptance for everyone in our school, regardless of their sexuality or gender identity.

Thirdly, we have the black figure which is open to interpretation: maybe they represent our pupils who are from ethnic minorities or maybe they are a figurehead for mental health?

Most important, we have our equality symbol = We all deserve equal respect, kindness and support.

We hope you like our new logo as much as we do!

Inclusion For Everyone

Inclusion For Everyone

Last year, Miss Baker attended a training day in London run by the LGBTQ charity Stonewall about making Hellesdon pupils feel valued and supported, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation or gender identity.

There are as many young people who identify at LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Questioning) in the United Kingdom as there are left-handed people, according to a recent survey by the LGBT Foundation.

SHIELD decided we should work towards making the HHS school environment feel like a more inclusive place for our LGBTQ students.

We made posters to display in subject departments around the school of LGBTQ academic heroes and celebrities.

We also asked our lovely librarian, Mrs Skeggs to order books for KS3 and KS4 pupils which feature storylines, characters or themes which affect LGBTQ young people.

We hope and expect all our pupils, regardless of their sexual orientation to respect and tolerate each other and include our LGBTQ pupils and colleagues.

Helping the Homeless in Norwich

Helping the Homeless in Norwich

One amazing thing the Hellesdon SHIELD team have been doing is thinking of ways to fundraise and support local charities who aid homeless or vulnerable people in Norwich.

We voted at the first SHIELD meeting to help the homeless in Norwich as they are a very visible presence in the city centre and many pupils at our school feel concern for them, particularly in the colder months.

Recently, we donated backpacks and sleeping bags (kindly provided by the Drama department, site management and our Duke of Edinburgh team!) to the Peoples’ Picnic: a local charity who run a scheme to recycle un-used food from major supermarkets in the area to donate to those in need.

Our contact Karen from The Peoples’ Picnic was very pleased with our donation!

You can find out more about The Peoples’ Picnic on their Facebook page “The Peoples’ Picnic“.