This month at Hornsea School and Language College visitors from Hull Prison came to the school to give educational talks to students. This is an annual event that our school take part in called Prison Me No Way. Several staff members and prisoners came to visit the school and give talks to small classes of students on different important matters that may affect them in the future.
Talks from the prisoners ranged from why they were arrested and what prison is like for them. These prisoners may have been charged with many different crimes including theft, man-slaughter and murder. This experience is often eye-opening for students and shocking. It gives a real insight into the reality of being in prison and what will happen if you commit crime. The talks from the prison officers were about their job, and the people they have met during their working life.
It is interesting for the pupils and opens their eyes to a whole different career option. The students who attend to these talks are in year 8 and therefore are aged 12 and 13. Each year new students are exposed to this once in a life time experience that Hornsea School provides for them. The most eye opening and exciting aspect of the experience for many students is the chance to look around a prison cell. The prison guards bring with them, on the back of a truck an exact replica of a prison cell. It has the same layout of most cells in Hull prison and is the same size as a real cell with only a bunk bed and a toilet in it. These are the only facilities that two prisoners share between them to endure the majority of their sentence. This is extremely shocking for pupils to discover and makes them realise how lucky they are. Young people today often take for granted the vast amount of material goods they have readily available.
This opportunity is truly mind altering for young students at Hornsea School and allows them to discover the severe consequences for breaking the law. I hope that the school continues to take part in this experience as it is extremely beneficial to students and can have a major impact on their life and how they view the law.
A-level students who study Psychology at Hornsea Sixth form recently had the amazing opportunity to see Dynamo live in concert. The trip was organised by the Psychology teachers and meant the students were to travel to Sheffield by coach to experience Dynamo’s astounding magic ‘in the flesh’. The students told me the show was breath taking and they couldn’t believe what they were seeing. Taken aback by the astonishing performance many students came home simply wondering how it was possible. The world famous magician had done it again, truly baffled and amazed the audience.
Currently at Hornsea School and Language College there are opportunities for young people to be involved in a wide range of different activities that can be beneficial to both their education and social life. One of the most recent things that Hornsea School have been taking part in is the Japanese Exchange which involves students from the school being able to have a Japanese student stay with them to develop their study on the country and the English language. The second section of the exchange allows students from Hornsea School to travel to Japan and stay with a Japanese family and visit touristic parts of the country to develop their education of the country and to give the students an opportunity to see how the life of a Japanese student is different from their own. The school staff hope that by involving the students in a once in a life time experience such as this that they will broaden their knowledge of the world and the different cultures within it. The students will learn about traditional Japanese street entertainment and other traditions in Japan such as the Japanese tea ceremony and school activities. The school that Hornsea have been partnered with is Keiai Gakuen High School in Chiba, Japan. The two schools have been partnered together for a number of years and allow students from both schools to see the culture of the other. Those students were able to see magnificent views of Japan and views over Tokyo and surrounding areas towards Mount Fuji. The students were able to travel to Disneyland in Tokyo and take an elevator up to the top of the Tokyo Sky Tree at an amazing 450m high, were the views were astonishing. The schools intend to carry on with the exchange for many years to come giving as many students as possible the ability to go on this trip of a life time.
The Art department at Hornsea School and Language College has recently been involved in the ‘Heritage on the High Street’ project as well as collaborating in projects with charities such as ‘Art with a Heart’. The ‘Heritage on the High Street’ project aims to engage the community with the heritage of the Hornsea Pottery and its iconic designs whilst developing the aesthetic of the high street. The Steering Group of Hornsea and Area Renaissance Partnership members, Town Councillors, Civic Society and Hornsea Museum members are running the project which is also being supported by the services of a creative professional, Rebecca Jenkins, as animateur. Rebecca has been engaging with the Hornsea community to create support for the project. The school hopes that by involving the students with this project, it will encourage younger generations to be involved with the culture of art and the heritages in and around Hornsea.
Many students in the sixth form who study A-Level Health and Social Care have recently been involved with a health promotion campaign that they have created themselves to educate younger students on the dangers of ill health. Examples of campaigns that students created are obesity, smoking, drinking and personal health. The school hopes by their own students teaching younger students about the dangers of ill health that it will both educate them and give them valid information about their own health and how they can aim to improve it. The campaign also gives the sixth form students the ability to teach and to be more involved with younger students, which may help with career prospects in the future. On a personal note I was involved in the health promotion campaigns and found the experience both pleasurable and satisfying. I hope that the school continue to do this as it is both beneficial to the sixth formers and the year 7 students.