Movember @ LSS
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. Last year Lawrence Sherriff school did an awesome job raising £2,205. We did this by raising awareness through assembly presentations, daily notices and poster campaigns across the school. Several fundraising events were organised including a dodgeball tournament, blue fundraising day - where everyone wore blue, baked and sold blue cakes - staff vs students basketball game and a student band concert.
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