Congratulations to Team Red who have been chosen to represent Brooke Weston in this year’s County Schools Challenge. The competition encourages students to come up with an enterprising idea about how to help other young people understand what a healthy relationship should be, and where to turn when their relationships become unhealthy or abusive.
Our Year 9 teams came up with ideas, including games, assembly packs and websites and they presented their findings to Vice Principal Mr Underwood and PCSO Alex Franklin who decided the winners. Team Red’s idea, of introducing a national day aimed at promoting healthy relationships will be enhanced by additional features put forward by Teams Abuse Aware and Relationship, for the semi final which takes place later this month. They will be up against teams from 25 other county schools. Eight semi finalists will go through to the Dragon’s Den-style Grand Final in July.
Our students spent an entire term researching and developing their projects with the help of Dr Rowe. She said: ‘We did a whole term on healthy relationships and what they should look like. The students carried out research and found that people didn’t really understand what abuse was and then did not really know how to get help online. Our teams have come up with some brilliant ideas. They have had a massive learning curve in terms of social skills, compromise, teamwork and meeting deadlines, all of which are employability skills.’
PCSO Alex Franklin said: ‘Team Red won because they came up with the concept of a day to promote healthy relationships after finding out that, despite the fact we have days for things like internet safety or raising awareness of domestic violence, there is nothing that promotes healthy relationships. They are proposing a national day that could bring that to the forefront and their idea will be combined elements from two of the other groups which was a website and board game. This has been one of the hardest events to judge as the ideas the students put forward were fantastic.’