- Sixth Form
On our last couple of days at school, the Upper Sixth students were given four insightful talks on relevant issues such as relationships and mental health; these sessions were particularly useful as we prepare for university next year. An ‘Insights’ session also provided us with an interesting personality evaluation, and we were also given an informative session on how women’s issues should be addressed across the school.
Ms Hart hosted a session that encouraged an honest discussion on issues raised in the BBC adaptation of Sally Rooney’s ‘Normal People’, ranging from depictions of realistic relationships to seeking mental health help at university. Our discussions were largely initiated and guided by the clips, which was a really interesting alternative way to approach conversations on sex and relationships, allowing everyone to get involved and voice their opinions. It was also really insightful to hear thorough feedback on our discussions from Emma Gleadhill, who is an external expert on the topic.
Esther Hardy returned to give us a talk on coercive control and sexuality. This focused on promoting healthy relationships and personal wellbeing. This was an extremely relevant talk as we discussed situations that may arise at university, as well as in less familiar situations outside of school.
The Insights section was a new session introduced this year which aimed to explore what type of thinkers, leaders and learners we are. Before the session, we completed a quick survey which was then analysed and sent back to us in a report before the session started, which many of us found reflected our own personalities extremely accurately. The session was hugely interactive with everyone in the group sharing their own experiences, as well as reflecting on our perspectives of each other’s personalities. We also spent much of the session learning about our different personality types and how they interact with each other. This session was exceptionally engaging and also provided important information on how we all work best, as well as how we can deal with other personality types when we move into the working world.
The LEH legacy session provided a really useful opportunity for girls to suggest lasting changes to how PSHE is taught across the school. The Women’s Committee and Ms Fitzgerald, who led the session, were keen for advice, particularly on how issues of female solidarity should be addressed across different year groups. As the eldest students in the school, who are likely to be most informed on these issues, our insights and suggestions will hopefully bring about meaningful and useful change to the PSHE programme from Thirds to Upper Sixth. It was also very intriguing to hear what our classmates had to say regarding their own personal experiences and how this influenced our discussion. The Women’s Committee recorded a podcast after the event; this is available on the website and will be used in future PSHE lessons.
These sessions were only introduced this year but were incredibly informative and allowed us to feel better prepared for various aspects of life after leaving LEH. We learnt much about ourselves and therefore agree that this is something the school should definitely continue to provide.
By Mary, Emily, and Natalie (U6)
- LEH Sixth Form