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On Monday 22nd October, Mrs Taylor and the Youth Health Champions team all took a trip down to Colchester Cornerstone on St Isaac’s Walk in the town centre. Cornerstone is a health and well-being centre for the people of North East Essex and it offers a wide range of free services for young people. The centre manager, Liz Wilson, gave us a guided tour and a detailed talk on the services and facilities which are provided by the centre and how they deal with different circumstances which arise within them. We learnt about the huge variety of services they provide such as depression groups, family counselling, a breast feeding room, diet guidance, a health clinic and much more. It was a huge surprise to us all just how many services are available and the centre is much bigger then I had ever expected. We were given a bag of leaflets full of useful information on the centre itself and the services that it provides, the different groups that run sessions at the centre and detailed booklets on different STIs. We then met with Sophie Milner who is part of the ‘Frisky or Risky’ team to tell us about the sexual health services that they run for young people. She gave us all a little goodie as can be seen in the photo!

 

The staff that we met at Cornerstone were all very friendly and easily approachable. The centre offers a huge range of facilities for all ages and is truly a brilliant place to help anyone with their personal issues whether it is weight management, sexual health or emotional health. We had a fantastic trip and were very thankful to all the members of staff for giving up their time to show us around!
Bella Cooper (11SW)

For the last PSHE session of 2012, the Year 10 students took part in a competition to test their creativity, flair for fashion design and team-working skills. With the title of Miss ‘Recycled’ World 2012 at stake, each tutor group was asked to design three outfits for the categories of day-wear, beach-wear and evening-wear. The only restriction was that they must not use anything other than newspaper as their material, plus copious amounts of cellotape!

The three models from each tutor group made their way carefully to the gym for the fashion parade in front of the whole year group. The imagination of their designs and attention to detail that they achieved in just 45 minutes was incredible! Flip-flops, jewellery and handbags were not forgotten! Choosing an overall winner was a very hard task and congratulations to 10SE for claiming the 2012 title!
Mrs Taylor

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