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30/11/21

Well done to Mr Dawson, Mr Harris and Mr Henderson for raising awareness amongst our young people for such a great cause 👏 https://t.co/uAEcpTCqe0

16/11/21

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Well done to Team who took part in the Boys’ District X-Country today at 🏃 fantastic effort from all students involved! https://t.co/qMARpDiiAZ

16/11/21

This morning Mr Place, Head of School, met with this delightful group of Year 8 students who have recently received top Attitude to Learning scores. They gave some fantastic feedback and enjoyed a hot chocolate and a cookie (or two)! https://t.co/9bq5NoRLJA

15/11/21

📣We have just launched our official de Stafford School Instagram account. Please give us a follow by clicking here: https://t.co/BJyNuk8G9L If there is anything you would like to see more of on our social media pages, then please do comment below! https://t.co/kHk62L83n8

15/11/21

It's wonderful to see so many of our Year 7 cohort sporting today in support of Anti-Bullying Week. https://t.co/oVzN5omByF

15/11/21

We wish our Year 11 cohort every success with their Mock Examinations, which have commenced today. Please refer to the dedicated page on our website for exam and revision session timetables https://t.co/2jiaSPxrCh.... https://t.co/LTEHKHFy7Y

12/11/21

Mr Place met with this wonderful group of Year 7 students yesterday for hot chocolate and biscuits, in recognition of their recent outstanding Attitude to Learning scores. Well done to you all for making such a great start to your journey 👏 https://t.co/rYBtk3E3yP

12/11/21

A very well done to our Year 9 B team for their success in the 7-a-side football tournament yesterday! ⚽️ https://t.co/GB0TA9tUSP

12/11/21

FREE TICKETS TO MATCH THIS SUNDAY ⚽️ have kindly offered 20 free tickets for the home match against Dulwich Hamlets this Sunday (3:30pm KO). Please email Julie at juliepayne45.com if you are interested. https://t.co/GraXrjkWIC

11/11/21

Thank you to the students who brilliantly represented the whole school community at our Service of Remembrance today. https://t.co/QCsT88Hy7k

11/11/21

Well done to our Year 7 netball team for a fantastic performance this week 🏆. https://t.co/19JEQMUVwb

10/11/21

We look forward to welcoming Year 8 parents, carers and students to our Options Information Evening from 5:30-6:30pm. The presentation will cover the key aspects of the Options Process including the Key Stage 4 curriculum of subjects and advice on making the right choices. https://t.co/xKps9U9Flb

02/11/21

Thank you to 285 Coulsdon & Purley Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets for visiting our Year 9 students this morning. Click here to register for their 'Try it and see day' on Sat 20 Nov: https://t.co/z4GckI7EeI https://t.co/6SMT0rMHAd

22/10/21

Please find a link to our weekly news bulletin: https://t.co/VlUgcHCzRm We would like to wish all of our staff, students and their families a wonderful half term break! https://t.co/QlhifjxDV0

22/10/21

We're grateful to the for visiting us this morning to speak to our Year 7 cohort about the importance of online safety. https://t.co/btuBLasFRO

22/10/21

A big thank you to Caterham based, Football Fever Academy, for running the after-school coaching session for our girls football team yesterday. It was lovely to hear how engaged and focused the girls were and a "credit to the school with bags of potential" 😀👏 https://t.co/OiFsK51SrO

21/10/21

Retweeted From Pathway CTM

Calling all Yr 11 students & parents across Surrey. There is still time to register onto the event today 🙌🏼 Hear all about your Post16 options and have your questions answered. https://t.co/z7swHMBgHZ

15/10/21

Please find a link to our weekly news bulletin for our parents and carers: https://t.co/L3QPWOuL0y We would like to wish all of our followers a fantastic weekend and look forward to welcoming students back into school on Monday! https://t.co/cMuE34uRNH

14/10/21

A big thank you to the Drama team from who visited our Year 11 students yesterday to help inspire and develop their final devised performances. We're very proud of our students who behaved impeccably and demonstrated great enthusiasm to try something new. https://t.co/4oMxV13Ajb

Posted on: 30/11/2020

Movember moustaches for our school team

Highlighting the issue of men’s health has prompted a team of six teachers at our school to take part in the Movember moustache challenge.

All six abandoned shaving their top lip for the month, and one didn’t even know he could grow a moustache until he tried for a good cause. Together they hope to raise awareness of  the charity which highlights the issues of suicide prevention and mental health, prostate and testicular cancer.

Year 8 Deputy Head of Year and PE teacher Mr Henderson said he was taking the lead on the issue because the idea had helped students come forward with problems they may not have otherwise mentioned.

“The stigma of not talking about men’s mental and physical health is so damaging, especially for young people. I am more than happy to take a bit of flack for a furry top lip if it helps develop an open and honest environment for our students to flourish in,” he said.

Mr Henderson said as a result of the campaign, there had been times when a Year 11 student, for example, felt comfortable about discussing a mental health issue or concern they may not have mentioned before.

The issue of open discussion was also behind Mr Harris’s decision to join Movember. The Head of PE said he grew up in an era when there was a concept that men and boys should ‘man-up and get on with it.’

“I engage in Movember every year to raise awareness that it is not weak to seek support and that men should speak up about any concerns or issues that are affecting them,” he said.

Assistant Head and Geography teacher Mr Henk said the lockdown period taught everyone how important it was to speak-up.

“Any cause designed to raise awareness and understanding about difficult and debilitating issues deserves support. So far it has provoked some wonderful conversations with curious young people,” he added.

History teacher Mr Rayner didn’t even know if he could grow a moustache until he decided to take part in Movember.

“I didn’t know I could until I tried. It’s not coming on that badly, although I think I might have peaked,” he said three weeks into the challenge.

“It is a great opportunity to raise money for mental health and, having had cancer in the family, this is a subject close to my heart.”

Mr Starke, Geography teacher, said a family member and a friend had  both had prostate cancer.

“They are both fine now, but I could see how horrible it is to struggle with such things. I value any effort to raise awareness of male mental health.”

Assistant Head and Science teacher Mr Parry said taking part in Movember was a good opportunity to highlight men’s health issues, including testicular and prostate cancer, alongside mental health discussion.

“I very much hope more men seek help early, helping to ensure treatment success and a positive way forward. It has been a privilege to take part in such a worthwhile cause,” he said.

For more information about the charity, see www.movember.com