#HelloYellow fundraiser was huge success

#HelloYellow fundraiser was huge success

Today on World Mental Health Day, thousands of schools, offices, companies and community groups were wearing yellow to raise vital funds for YoungMinds, the young person’s mental health charity. And here at Tottington High School we really got into the yellow-themed spirit with our #HelloYellow fundraising activities.

The day started with lots of staff turning up for work wearing yellow items of clothing, and contributing cakes ready for the cake sale later in the day. Then the students started to arrive and it was great to see so many of them wearing yellow, yet still looking just as smart as usual.

But it was break-time which really astonished us all due to the sheer number of students who made their way to the school hall to visit the food and gift stalls we had set up to sell our yellow-themed goodies. A yellow/happy-themed playlist (Yellow Submarine, Don’t Worry Be Happy, Here Comes The Sun, Don’t Stop Believin’… you get the idea) was booming out of the PA system and the atmosphere was electric. It was by far the biggest and most successful cake (and other sundries) sale we have ever had in recent memory, and the day’s organiser, our school’s mental health counsellor Mrs Andrea Hulton was bowled over with the support the event was getting. The school bell for period 3 came way too soon.

So we cleaned up, cleared up, packed all the stuff away and got back to business as usual. However, there were plenty of leftovers… so we did it all again at lunchtime! The people wanted more – and by golly, we gave it to them in (yellow) spades!

Later, Mrs Hulton couldn’t thank the staff and the students enough: “Just a massive THANK YOU for all your help and support with today’s fundraising. I was totally overwhelmed with all of it! To the staff who jumped in and helped out – YOU WERE AMAZING!!! (I was expecting around 20/30 students to turn up so was blown away!) The numbers of students who came, took part and donated was beyond my wildest imagination. I’d like to thank them all. My heart bursts with pride to be a part of such a lovely Tottington High Family!”

At the last count (although there will be a few more donations to be made until we get the final total) our fundraiser has raised a whopping £435 for YoungMinds. Here’s a selection of photos from the day:

 

Students celebrate Ada Lovelace Day at STEM roadshow

Students celebrate Ada Lovelace Day at STEM roadshow

Ada Lovelace (born Augusta Ada Byron), daughter of famed poet Lord Byron, was a gifted mathematician and a Victorian computing visionary and is considered to have written instructions for the first computer program in the mid-1800s.

To celebrate Ada Lovelace Day on 8th October, fifteen Year 8 students visited the Digital Her Roadshow at Bury Town Hall. Manchester Digital ran the initiative which was a fantastic opportunity to introduce Year 8 girls to digital and technology careers. The students got to meet inspirational women who worked in STEM-related subjects. The day consisted of 4 workshops, in which the students had to create their own emoji using programming software, they designed a digital marketing campaign, used technology to find a “missing person”, and used communication and listening skills in a business context.

Find out more about Ada Lovelace by clicking here >

It was quite a challenge but the girls all thought it was good fun. Here’s a few photos from the day.

We’re going #HelloYellow for Mental Health

We’re going #HelloYellow for Mental Health

It’s World Mental Health Day this Thursday, and here at Tottington High School we’re getting involved and doing some serious fundraising for Young Minds – the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health.

Every year on 10th October, the World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day and sets the theme – and this year’s theme is suicide prevention. Young Minds are spreading a little happiness with their #HelloYellow campaign by encouraging schools, colleges, businesses and community groups to add a splash of sunshine to their day, and to together show young people that they’re not alone with their mental health, as well as help raise vital funds for Young Minds.

So at our school we’re going all-out yellow on Thursday! The students have been asked to replace one item of their school uniform for a yellow one – this could be a yellow tie instead of a school tie, a yellow blazer (?!), yellow socks, or even yellow trainers (yes, we’re relaxing the no-trainers rule for the day, as long as they are yellow). The staff are getting into the yellow too, and all we ask is that anyone wearing yellow on the day donates a pound to Young Minds – yellow collection tins will be at the school gates ready to receive!

At break-time and lunch-time there will be yellow-themed bake sales, where tasty sweet treats (kindly donated by the staff and students) will be available to buy. Other yellow items will also be on offer including yellow silicone wristbands, yellow pin badges, yellow hair bands, yellow key-rings, and more besides – all of which can be proudly worn to show support for the cause.

We will have posters and information on display around school where further information can be found about young people’s mental health issues and how to get support.

We’re backing mental health in a big way this year, and we hope that our #HelloYellow day will be a huge success and will raise not only much-needed funds for Young Minds, but also much-needed awareness and support of young people’s mental health.

Please help us spread the word by sharing the hashtag #HelloYellow on your social media.

Students ‘fantastic’ on training expedition

Students ‘fantastic’ on training expedition

Last weekend some of our students took part in their Duke Of Edinburgh Silver Award Training Expedition. We’ll have a full report of the weekend along with more photos here on our website later this week. The students were supported by some of our colleagues and ex-members of staff.

Programme organiser Mr J Cudworth said:

‘Fantastic Duke Of Edinburgh expedition over the last few days, the kids were amazing as always – we managed to dodge the weather! Thank you to Miss Chadderton & Mr Coogan for their help along with volunteers Abi Thompson and Martyn Wilson – DofE could not run without your kindness to give up your time to support these amazing young people!!’