Global Citizenship

This week in assemblies we have spoken to our students about the events that have been unfolding in Ukraine. 

Once again, we have been so impressed with the mature and thoughtful attitudes of our students and the way in which they have demonstrated kindness and sympathy towards others around the world. 

As part of the assemblies, we have discussed the reliability of media sources and fake news. 

In a world dominated by the internet and social media it is easy for people to upload images or videos and pass them off as something they aren’t. For example, over the past couple of weeks there have been several photographs and videos that have been circulating on the internet claiming to be from the current troubles. A number of these images and videos have been proven to be quite old and aren’t linked to what is currently happening in Ukraine. 

Students are encouraged to question the reliability and validity of the sources they engage with, and we have suggested that they engage with more reliable sources such as Channel 4 news, Sky news or the BBC.

The second part of our assemblies focused on mental wellbeing, and how media coverage and the news can sometimes make us feel anxious or worried.  

As part of the assembly, we shared the following video from BBC Newsround which provides some advice to those who may be upset by the news:

It is extremely important that we all take time to look after our metal wellbeing, and this can sometimes be managed by:

  • Speaking to someone you trust
  • Making time to do things you enjoy
  • Carrying out regular exercise 
  • Remembering that many things broadcast in the news are rare events

Our students can speak to any member of staff in school, including their Head of Year and Pastoral Mentor. We have a fantastic team of form tutors in school, and this is the person our students see every morning. Our form tutors are there for students to talk to and answer any questions they may have. 

Finally, we shared several outside organisations who students could contact should they not feel able to talk to someone at home or in school. These included:

As global citizens it is important for our students to have an understanding of what is happening in the world. Our students have had many questions over the past couple of weeks and in discussions have shown a great sense of empathy and understanding of what is morally right. In these troubled times it is crucial that students can discuss how they are feeling and are able to ask any questions they may have regarding what is going on in the world.