Over the last few months …
The 2018-2019 academic year has started well. It was a little delayed for me as I recovered from a surgery but nonetheless we have started out with a bang!
All the usual group work and mentoring continues and as always it is encouraging to hear students talk positively about themselves and others. This year I felt that we needed a focus, a theme for the year. I have decided that Youth Mental Health needed some focus. Mental Health is still such a stigma for many, especially to young people who already struggle to verbalise or show their emotions. I’ll be working closely with Head Start, a government run campaign to help bring Youth Mental Health to the forefront and allow young people to speak freely about their mental health.
I have started a new group called ‘Let’s Talk’. This is for all year groups and focuses on discussion around topics that carry a stigma or that could be embarrassing. These topics include faith, sex, relationships, depression, anxiety and anything else the young people may wish to discuss. My answers will be biblically based and focused on what the Bible says about these topics and how we can work to be a better version of ourselves.
As always, it is a blessing to work with young people and help unlock their full potential.
- Pray for the students, that there be a protection over minds and unlocking of self awareness.
- Pray for the school, as they staff continue to work hard under budget cuts and congeal changes
Here is an email I received from a Student in 6th Form who has just left the school, I worked with her 1-1.
“Hello I just wanted to email to just say thank you for all that you have done for me, and to let you know I’ve finally found the job that I’ve wanted for a long time, and I start my very first shift tomorrow, and to say goodbye really because you have helped me realise that it’s okay to open up about how I’m feeling to people and that it’s a good thing to ask about things if you’re unsure. So thank you so much”
The Marsh Academy, Station Road, New Romney, Kent, TN28 8BB