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Health Immersion Day

Enjoying gardening

On Friday 1st June 2012, Homewood students discovered many aspects about health during a special Immersion day for Years 7-10. We welcomed visitors from outside who ran workshops alongside members of staff, including specialists in sports injury, St. John’s Ambulance who provided life-saving information to students and members of the Community Police who reminded students about the importance of personal safety. Students were also treated to a visit from the ‘Homewood Hairy Bikers’ who participated in Mr Crowder’s and Mrs Hall’s ‘Get Set Cook’ competition in the Sinden Theatre. The lovely cooking aromas showed students just how tasty and easy it is to enjoy healthy eating. Whilst the competition was heating up in the Theatre, Mrs Whittaker’s very calming gardening workshop was taking root in the Mansion gardens, teaching students the importance of our environment. The farm provided numerous workshops including kite flying, a farm trail, and survival skills including how to light a fire without using a match. Students were also taken on a healthy walk around the school grounds, looking at nature and realising the enjoyment of being outside. Back indoors, the Science Department moved into the School Restaurant and ran various workshops, teaching students about health related diseases that can result in not looking after yourself, the content of convenience food and the significance of calories.

Feedback from the Health Immersion visitors included ‘May I say thank you for inviting me...I found it very rewarding working with the students...so helpful and very polite’, a comment from Kerry Barden, a Sports injury specialist. Matthew Basset from Teenage Cancer Trust said, ‘it quite simply has been one of the nicest days at work I’ve ever had... each group I worked with was extremely respectful to me, each other and to the subject and created a positive learning environment.’ Staff from St. John’s Ambulance also praised our students for being ‘excellent, mature and friendly.’

Thank you to everyone who participated in this very successful day; to all who worked behind the scenes and also to students whose positive input made the day so enjoyable.