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Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

The Sixth Form students at Christopher Whitehead Language College helped to organise and implement a range of whole school activities for Mental Health Awareness Week 2018. Firstly they attended the opening of the Reading Garden on a beautiful sunny Monday. In the week the followed there was Danish Longball to let off some steam, a bake sale for sweet treats and an art competition focusing on quotes to help with mental wellbeing. Mrs Rewbridge helped the Head of Sixth Form with some mindful gardening and he is now mindfully waiting for the basil to grow!

lecture by Mr Will Wyatt, the former Managing Director of BBC Network Television

Year 12 students had the wonderful opportunity on Wednesday to attend a lecture by Mr Will Wyatt, the former Managing Director of BBC Network Television.

A veteran of both the press and the media, Mr Wyatt spoke openly about his school life, later achievements and his early experiences getting into the field of journalism. His talk focused on the universally applicable theme of resilience and he spoke openly with warmth and humour about mistakes and failings in his life, including missing out on three big career opportunities in the same week and quitting a promising job in journalism after being dumped.

The more optimistic side of his story included his career success working for the BBC and some of his favourite moments from that time. His wisdom also included things he learned from his mother, such as that luck is a combination of “opportunity and preparation”.

His talk invoked enthusiastic interaction and Mr Wyatt was keen to answer numerous questions about his life and things he has learned, which he gladly shared.

An exemplary success of the school’s “Impetus lecture” scheme, Mr Wyatt’s inspiring talk was helpful to many and will be remembered by the students that attended.


On Saturday 24th March, CWLC Sixth Form Charity Committee hosted a Curry and Quiz Night in aid of Acorns Children’s Hospice: a charity who provide outstanding care to children with life limiting and threatening illnesses and also support for the families. It was a fantastic night with nearly £700 raised! The quiz was composed of rounds ranging from science to famous faces, with some very competitive teams; with “The Rightful Winner’s” coming first place. The curry was provided from Pashas and there was a raffle with prizes including vouchers for restaurants and a spa day. Thank you to those who attended and your generosity. There will be many more events in the coming year which we hope you will be able to attend.

Care Packages for the homeless – Random Acts of Kindness

As part of the sixth form’s activities during Random Act of Kindness Week, the sixth form leadership team organised a non-uniform day in to collect items for care packages to help Worcester’s homeless population.  On Wednesday 14th February, four sixth form students took the donations collected the day before to Maggs Day Centre in Worcester.   Here we observed the amazing facilities that the day centre offers those at their most vulnerable.

In addition to countless bags of food, clothing and hygiene products, we collected £70 which has been exchanged for meal vouchers for the homeless to redeem at Maggs.

Our visit opened our eyes to what charity means to people living on the streets. It helped to dismantle any prejudices and assumptions we had about homelessness. So on behalf of the student leadership, and more importantly Maggs day centre, Thank you to everyone who got involved. We were blown away by the amount collected.

Write up by Isaac, Head Boy.

Students learn about Geographical Profiling of Serial Offenders

On Wednesday 14th February, year 12 and 13 students had the opportunity to attend a talk from Craig Jackson, Head of School of Social Science at the University of Birmingham. He presented us with a talk all about Geographical profiling and serial offenders. It was very interesting and covered many aspects linked to the second year Psychology syllabus.

The main question that was answered was “As serial murder offending paces evolve, does geographical profiling still matter?

We learnt all about the behaviours of serial killers and how geographical profiling works as a whole. We discovered that due to the evolution of serial killer methods cause conditions that are unsuitable for geographical profiling.

He discussed many case studies including a man that would travel around the UK as his job and commit crimes all in the same area but this was actually in the opposite direction to where he lived. This made geographical profiling very difficult as on a map they would presume that the serial killer was based in that certain area when in actual fact he lived nowhere near.

As a first year Psychology student, I have not yet covered his part of Psychology yet but found it thoroughly interesting to listen to. We were very lucky to have Craig Jackson come in and speak to us as it was very good opportunity to take the information and apply it to the psychology course.

Write up by Hannah, Year 12.

We thought we’d entered hell

On January 23rd, a group students from both History and RE A-Level classes attended an insightful and inspiring talk from Holocaust survivor Mindu Hornick. The main thing that Pip and I took from this was to pass on her horrific story as even though it was an inhumane event, it should never be a forgotten one.

Imagine being separated from your mother and two brothers knowing you’d never see them again, seeing children beaten to death and the smell of burning flesh constantly around you. This was a reality for Mindu who spent a year in Auschwitz. She, and six million others, experienced things that no human ever should. At just 12 years old, she was forced onto a train with her mother, two brothers and sister; for three days she was stuck in a cattle cart with seventy other innocent Jewish people. They were given no food, no place to excrete and they didn’t see the light of day for the duration of the journey. The suffering had already started and they hadn’t even entered Auschwitz yet.

“There was an immediate air of shock and panic, and SS guards set out to disorientate and scare you.’’

Upon arrival, they were stripped of their clothes and possession, as well as their dignity, and put into groups based upon skills. Those who had a skill, for example Mindu could sew, were taken to work houses, those who had no skill were immediately taken to the gas chambers and murdered. There was no mercy in Auschwitz. A fellow inmate told Mindu and her sister to lie about their age to avoid immediate execution. However, her mother and two brothers lacked any relevant skills and were set to the gas chambers. Mindu never saw them again.

For the next year and a half, she looked death in the face daily at the afternoon roll call where the ‘Angel of Death’ would pick inmates to conduct his experiments on. Four hours they waited, not knowing whether they’d survive or not. Nights spent shivering in the icy winds with no beds, blankets even warm clothes. 70 people to one block conditions were extremely cramped.  Guards roamed the camp striking at inmates whenever they felt like it.

After being sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1942 Mindu and her sister were sent to an underground ammunitions factory hidden in Polish woodland, which would ultimately secure their survival. Girls aged at young as 11 would slave all the day receiving burns from the oil they poured into containers. They managed to survive until the end of the war despite constant hunger, brutal treatment and the threat of disease. Mindu said even though conditions were awful they weren’t as horrific as Auschwitz.

“When people ask how I survived, I always tell them the same thing – sheer luck,”

This year’s theme of the Holocaust Memorial Day is the power of words and throughout the talk Mindu emphasised the importance of passing on her story ensuring that it is never forgotten. We as the younger generation have the responsibility to pass on the survivor stories. It may have been a harrowing and sickening event however we should never disregard what happened. We owe it to the millions of innocent people who were brutally executed throughout the many genocides in history to never forget them.

“I feel it is my duty to express in my words, what we suffered there and to convey the message that it is wrong to stand by when others are being persecuted.”

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By Jaz VIPM and Pip VIDC

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