Hazeley Wellbeing and Drop Down Lessons Summer Term 2018

This term there are two Drop Down Lessons on 27th June and 28th June which offer our students on-going provision of support for personal development. Wellbeing is delivered through Drop Down Lessons and also through all aspects of school life which a range of different themes.

Topics for Wednesday 27th June:

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10
Resilience Disability Drugs Sexism

On Thursday 28th June all year 7, 8, 9 and 10 students will have a session on promoting positive mental health where students will have opportunities to contribute to class discussion to share their views and learn how to co-operate with others sharing and taking turns. At Hazeley we believe that our school community has an important role to play, acting as a source of support and information with wellbeing and positive mental health for all students.

If you have any questions please contact lmckenzie@thehazeleyacademy.com

Lesley Mckenzie

Wellbeing and Holistic Education


Wellbeing Blog

This half term has been a busy one for Wellbeing, we have had two drop down lessons across the Academy and a drop down day for year 12!

Our drop down lessons have covered some very diverse topics from teenage pregnancy, which evoked some interesting discussion with the 6th form, sexually transmitted diseases in year 11 and Female Genital Mutilation in year 8. Students and tutors dealt well with topics that for some can be uncomfortable but are vital for our student’s development in the world.

Year 10 were fortunate to be able to take part in two sessions this term one delivered by Teenage Cancer trust, who complemented our students behaviour and attention.  Hopefully this highlighted the effect of cancer to those who were unaware and gave some support to those who have experienced Cancer first hand.  For the most recent drop down lesson year 10 worked on Unifrog, which is a brilliant careers platform we are rolling out across the school which allows students to integrate skills, attributes and possible careers. The feedback so far from year 10 has been very positive and they found this helpful.

February’s drop down lesson will be focusing on LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans) history month looking at the development of LGBT rights and how the attitudes differ across the world. This links in well with our school focus of talking prejudice

The year 12 Drop Down Day this month focused on the topic of rights across the world and we had some excellent external speakers from Oxfam, Vote-16 and Amnesty International as well as sessions on the work of Unicef-linking in with our drive to become a Unicef Ambassador school and on the lives of Refugees. Hopefully the day provided insight into the “outside world” for our sixth form students and the opportunities to interact with some experts from charities campaigning to improve rights for all. We have had some extensively positive feedback from our speakers and they are keen to return in the future.

Next term we have another drop down lesson on 21st March which will cover the following areas:-









Honour Based Violence












6th Form


If you would like any further clarification on the topics studied or wish to discuss your child participating in these lessons please contact your child’s form tutor in the first instance or lmckenzie@thehazeleyacademy.com whom will be overseeing Wellbeing after half term.

Kirsty Bowers

Subject Leader Health and Wellbeing/PE teacher

Hazeley School

01908 555620

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Wellbeing so far this year… and what’s coming up

We have now completed 3 of our 8 drop down lessons for Wellbeing and students and staff alike are really engaging with the topics across a diverse range of subjects, see below:-

  Y7 Y8 Y9 Y10 Y11 6TH
19th Sep Peer Pressure Sexting

Poster competition

Healthy Relationships Consent Consent Finance Credit
11th Oct Social Media Online grooming Media Distortion Pornography Pornography Finance Debt
30th Nov Right and Wrong Forced Marriage Exploited Safe Sex/STI’s Parenting Pornography
19th Jan Relationships FGM/HBV Safe Sex Teenage cancer STI’s/ Safe Sex Parenthood

You can also see what we have coming up in January.

Well done to our winners of the year 8 Sexting poster completion who won a £10 Amazon voucher with their innovative and creative designs- Donovan Barea, Sienna Edwards, Lewis Peacock, Megan Parsley

Congrats also to Archie Fellows, Jude Evans and Niamh Gallawan-Allen who were the winners of the year 8 and 13 Drop Down Day to produce a plan for a Film for Change linked to Child Poverty. This film will be made by our Unicef Ambassadors after Christmas so watch this space for a link to the completed film.

Next term sees a y12 drop down day based around Human and Children’s rights and how it affects wellbeing as well as the continuation of the Wellbeing programme.

We are promoting our school wellbeing over the rest of this term with the Advent Calendar of Kindness, encouraging our students and staff to do something kind for someone else each day until Christmas. The calendar can be found on the Wellbeing notice board.

Wellbeing drop down lessons

This month sees the second in our new Wellbeing drop down lesson programme. Eight times a year the time table is collapsed for one lesson and students remain in tutor time to study various topics of Sex and Relationship Education, Finance, Addiction and Mental Health. This is in addition to tutor time activities across the year which intended to focus on “Healthy body, Healthy mind and Healthy Life”.

Through a variety of activities students have been encouraged to discuss issues which many may not have discussed before and hopefully many leave the sessions having reflected and feeling more en-lighted and confident in issues which affect their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development directly. Wellbeing is all about helpign students, staff and parents be part of a positive Hazeley community.

During last drop down lesson some brilliant posters on the topic of Sexting were produced by year 8 and this session areas such as Online grooming, Pornography and Body image are on the agenda.

On the whole there has been a great improvement in engagement of students feeling that Wellbeing is now “something that is actually useful to us” and staff have enjoyed having the opportunity to get to know their tutees better whilst developing students wider education of the world.

We will be continuously reviewing and developing the Wellbeing programme to engage students, staff and parents with a view to future Wellbeing sessions to help support our parents too.

We also have exciting collaborative projects with our partner school at Shenley Brook End dealing with Sexual Exploitation and several Drop Down Days across the year directly linking in with our bid to become a Unicef School and highlight Mental Health issues amongst our young people.


This week we had our first collaborative Drop Down Day with year 13 and 8 working together learning about the effects of Poverty on Children’s Wellbeing and Rights. The year 8 students worked incredibly hard with some outstanding support from Year 13 mentors and staff across the academy. During the day they received a lot of information on the issues which they then applied in small teams to create a storyboard for a Film for Change. The end product of the day was a competition to pitch their ideas for making a Film for Change on the focus on Children, Poverty and Wellbeing. The winning film will be made by our character club and you will be able to watch it on our Hazeley Academy You Tube page.


Kirsty Bowers

Subject Leader Health and Wellbeing/PE teacher

The Wellbeing programme (PSHE) at The Hazeley Academy

Wellbeing at The Hazeley Academy.

Dear Parent/Carer

As part of the Wellbeing programme (PSHE) at The Hazeley Academy we have developed a programme of lessons that will enable our students to become well educated and informed young people with a social conscience and knowledge about the world around them.

Much of the Wellbeing topics are touched on in curriculum areas across the school and this year will be further enhanced  through a series of tutor time activities, drop down lessons (one lesson is take over for Wellbeing once a month) and drop down days (whole day collapse of the normal curriculum).

If you are able to attend the “Welcome to the Year” evenings you will receive a breakdown of what the year group, relevant to your child, are studying this year. We will as a whole school be looking at topics such as; bullying, honour and remembrance, mental health and working toward achieving the Unicef Rights Respecting School Award.

For this first half term we will be focusing on careers education across the school in tutor sessions. There will be a drop down day for year 8 and 13 looking at the Unicef work and several drop down lessons looking into Sex and Relationships Education, appropriate to their age group.

We will endeavour to keep you informed of what is happening each term through Wellbeing newsletters and information can be found on the website in the Wellbeing blog.

Nowadays there is a vast amount of, sometimes confusing, information about relationships and sex on the internet, on TV, in magazines, etc which young people may have access to, and this can sometimes make an already confusing time seem even more complicated!

The purpose of Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) is to provide knowledge and understanding of how the human body changes during puberty and the processes of human reproduction, within the context of relationships based on love and respect. It should develop understanding and attitudes which will help pupils to form relationships in a responsible and healthy manner and to appreciate the value of stable family life, including the responsibilities of parenthood and marriage.

The key aims of SRE are to:

  • Provide accurate and relevant information about the physical and emotional changes that children and young people will experience through their formative years and into adulthood.
  • Establish an awareness of the importance of stable family life and relationships, including the responsibilities of parenthood and marriage.
  • Foster self-awareness and self-esteem.
  • Develop a sense of responsibility and respect for themselves and others.

Parents can choose to withdraw their children from all or part of sex education; if you wish to do so please complete the form in the letter and return to student services by 13th September 2017.

Yours sincerely

Kirsty Bowers

Lead Leaner Health and Wellbeing

This letter can be viewed as a pdf here

Wellbeing programme – Sex and Relationship education information.

The Hazeley Academy Wellbeing programme includes Sex and Relationship education.

This pdf (click here) summarises the topic areas that will be covered to enable parents to further discuss these topics with their children and be prepared for any questions they may have.