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10/05/21

Retweeted From YoungMinds

To start , spend 20 minutes having a conversation about mental health with your child. Here are some conversation starters you can use. https://t.co/TYtbRYuLoy

10/05/21

Well done to our Year 9 art students who have been creating some beautiful illustrations of the as part of their development for the project https://t.co/U1nVOJgfLO

07/05/21

Please find a link to our weekly new bulletin for parents and carers: https://t.co/IyaNFgxVdG. We wish all our followers a fantastic weekend! https://t.co/7CdC02dDCD

06/05/21

It's and we are pleased to be able to support with a venue for their today. Email lettings.org.uk for further details on the fantastic spaces we have available for hire! https://t.co/bVQjo3lvKl

05/05/21

All eyes were on Mrs Beale today as she taught her Year 8 Science class about the anatomy of the eye using dissection 👀 https://t.co/1bBqZ77B7Z

30/04/21

Please find a link to our weekly news bulletin: https://t.co/Bh8fInsqcY We wish you all a fantastic bank holiday weekend and look forward to welcoming students back to school on Tuesday! https://t.co/k9RXgSgMu8

30/04/21

Congratulations to Noah Vellacott and Michael Dean (Year 9), joint winners of Caterham Rotary Club’s annual Prix de la Paix award, a competition rewarding a student studying Spanish for an entry written in Spanish on the theme of War and Peace. https://t.co/gGVOVMJfYV

23/04/21

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Some good technique and excellent distances recorded in Year 8’s first long jump lesson with Mr Henderson this afternoon ☀️ https://t.co/lqHvqtJgBq

21/04/21

📣Year 11 Parents and Carers You should by now have received details of our upcoming Year 11 Parents' and Carers' evening on Wednesday 28 April. The online booking system opens at 6pm this evening. Click here for details: https://t.co/H8acYfLdXS

20/04/21

We're keeping everything crossed we can hold a Prom for our amazing Year 11 cohort this June 🤞Our Student Services team are currently accepting donations of pre-loved occasion wear such as dresses, suits etc for those young people who may be unable to afford to buy new. https://t.co/ePI4cM62GU

20/04/21

It's wonderful to be able to welcome staff and students back today for the start of the Summer term . https://t.co/nGdrpBkJbj

17/04/21

We hope you are all enjoying a wonderful Easter break. Please find a link to an update letter from the Head of School https://t.co/wGNL23WjDz which was also sent via .We look forward to welcoming students back to school on Tuesday 20 April!

01/04/21

Please find a link to our end of term news bulletin: https://t.co/SfbkMNd3gR. We would like to wish the entire de Stafford community a wonderful Easter break and thank you all for your continued support. We look forward to seeing our students return on Tuesday 20 April. https://t.co/4Pb60ZeCuz

31/03/21

YEAR 9 PARENTS' AND CARERS' EVENING 💻 We're really looking forward to speaking to Year 9 parents and carers this evening. Remember there's a helpful 'how to' guide available on our website should you need it! https://t.co/gKhJh5cQBD

31/03/21

A reminder to parents and carers that school finishes at the earlier time of 12:35pm tomorrow for the Easter holidays and students are due to return to school on Tuesday 20 April! https://t.co/pzLEM2nCEx

29/03/21

Retweeted From de Stafford Jenkins Centre

Today is the first day of Keep an eye on our tweets this week to find out everything you need to know and more about https://t.co/Pnh0g9oyyn

29/03/21

What a lovely message to receive first thing on a Monday morning! Parent/carer feedback is always greatly appreciated. If your child is due to join us this September, don't forget to complete the admissions forms which can be found on our website here: https://t.co/d4j1KgowdA https://t.co/FqzXjuw1qx

29/03/21

Appointments are still available for our Year 9 Parents' and Carers' Evening this Wednesday 31 March. The online booking system will close at 9pm this evening. You can find all the information you need on our website here: https://t.co/gKhJh5cQBD https://t.co/e1swICXvxW

26/03/21

Please find a link to our weekly news bulletin https://t.co/QZD6htIvjI. We wish you all a happy and healthy weekend! https://t.co/P4lTZpo8yp

26/03/21

Our Year 9 students enjoyed the team building exercises Mr Harris set for them yesterday. A great effort from all involved! For more information on , please visit our website here: https://t.co/TFIEAwJ7HA https://t.co/IIQhX0AO8G

Posted on: 30/11/2020

Movember moustaches for our school team

Highlighting the issue of men’s health has prompted a team of six teachers at our school to take part in the Movember moustache challenge.

All six abandoned shaving their top lip for the month, and one didn’t even know he could grow a moustache until he tried for a good cause. Together they hope to raise awareness of  the charity which highlights the issues of suicide prevention and mental health, prostate and testicular cancer.

Year 8 Deputy Head of Year and PE teacher Mr Henderson said he was taking the lead on the issue because the idea had helped students come forward with problems they may not have otherwise mentioned.

“The stigma of not talking about men’s mental and physical health is so damaging, especially for young people. I am more than happy to take a bit of flack for a furry top lip if it helps develop an open and honest environment for our students to flourish in,” he said.

Mr Henderson said as a result of the campaign, there had been times when a Year 11 student, for example, felt comfortable about discussing a mental health issue or concern they may not have mentioned before.

The issue of open discussion was also behind Mr Harris’s decision to join Movember. The Head of PE said he grew up in an era when there was a concept that men and boys should ‘man-up and get on with it.’

“I engage in Movember every year to raise awareness that it is not weak to seek support and that men should speak up about any concerns or issues that are affecting them,” he said.

Assistant Head and Geography teacher Mr Henk said the lockdown period taught everyone how important it was to speak-up.

“Any cause designed to raise awareness and understanding about difficult and debilitating issues deserves support. So far it has provoked some wonderful conversations with curious young people,” he added.

History teacher Mr Rayner didn’t even know if he could grow a moustache until he decided to take part in Movember.

“I didn’t know I could until I tried. It’s not coming on that badly, although I think I might have peaked,” he said three weeks into the challenge.

“It is a great opportunity to raise money for mental health and, having had cancer in the family, this is a subject close to my heart.”

Mr Starke, Geography teacher, said a family member and a friend had  both had prostate cancer.

“They are both fine now, but I could see how horrible it is to struggle with such things. I value any effort to raise awareness of male mental health.”

Assistant Head and Science teacher Mr Parry said taking part in Movember was a good opportunity to highlight men’s health issues, including testicular and prostate cancer, alongside mental health discussion.

“I very much hope more men seek help early, helping to ensure treatment success and a positive way forward. It has been a privilege to take part in such a worthwhile cause,” he said.

For more information about the charity, see www.movember.com