Unlock is all about encouraging students to think for themselves, do things for themselves and to spread that movement across their school and environment.
In doing so, a group of Year 8, 9 and 10 students facilitated sessions based around the theme of ‘survival’. Over the course of two hours after school, the students ran four simultaneous workshops. One session focused on online safety and how teenage girls should (or, more importantly, shouldn’t) present themselves online. Participants left talking about how inspired they felt. Others promoted street safety and exposed the dangers of gang cultures, whilst another group invited a paediatrician in to talk about her career and to promote awareness of her hospital’s charitable events. So strong was the buzz that the Headteacher has asked the Unlock students to repeat their workshops for all Year 9 and 10 students.
Each of these student-organised sessions goes to prove the extent to which students are able to have a positive influence on their peers and the impact they can achieve when given the opportunity to do so.