Dare to care?
It’s been a busy Autumn in the PSHE department here at Queens’, with a range of guest
speakers and new initiatives taking off.
By January, every single Queens’ student will have taken part in a one hour dementia
awareness workshop, run by our ‘dementia friends’ Alexis and Peter Neighbour. As we live
longer and become more prone to degenerative diseases of the brain such as dementia and
alzheimers, it is important that our young people are now more aware of the issues faced by
those living with this disease. The idea is to make Watford a dementia friendly town by 2020,
and surely the students of Queens’ School are now far more clued up on what the disease
entails and how they can behave in a more altruistic and respectful if encountering somebody
living with dementia.
Year 9 have been visited by a speaker from Herts Young Homeless, who delivered a talk on
healthy relationships, and especially on how to identify predatory behaviour and grooming. The
students engaged well with these sessions, which will hopefully continue to run to other year
All Queens’ students now have full access to StartProfile, an online careers portal which offers
guidance and advice on everything careers related, ranging on how to set a course for a chosen
careers, down to how much one can realistically expect to earn. This can be accessed from
anywhere, so parents are advised to have a look with their children. It’s never too early to start
planning global domination! Dare to dream!
We have also held 13 weekly debates, which have given forms across the school the
opportunity to think about a range of topics ranging from ‘should the North Sentinelese be
‘civilised’ to sexism in sport.