Drama shines light on what pupils think
Students from Thomas Gainsborough School took part in a community drama project focusing on young people’s views about mental and sexual health this week.
Parents and community organisations attended a play at the school on Tuesday night, staged in partnership with the health watchdog Suffolk Healthwatch, and Unity in Diversity, a community interest company which develops programmes for schools.
Jo Wilson, from Unity in Diversity, said: “This is an exciting and interactive project providing an opportunity to listen to the opinions of young people.
“We have been collecting their views about their use of health services. Over 500 students aged 11 to 18 had the opportunity to take part in survey about mental health awareness, stress in schools, and the way in which personal, social and health education engages with the needs of students. Initial findings showed that over half of the students wanted their school to run mental health awareness workshops.
“Through drama workshops, students have produced a play to highlight the issues important to them,” she added.
Pupil Connor Crowley, 13 said: “I really enjoyed taking part. I think it definitely raises awareness of these issues for young children.”
Angel Worley, 14, who took part in the play added: “I think it’s good that we are able to do something like this and get involved and make our thoughts known.”
Students have completed other projects with Unity in Diversity involving producing a poetry book on diversity.