Helping Forge Great People and Cohesive Communities – Social Behaviour v Anti-Social Behaviour (and roc conversations)
This week’s blog is brought to you by our Pastoral Deputy, Mr Healy. It is the 3rd in our series on forging great people and cohesive communities. In it he talks about how we can work together to reduce anti-social behaviour in our community. It seems perfectly timed with the recent ROC conversations which have been commissioned by Thames Valley Police. On that note you might be thinking what is a ROC Conversation? A ROC Conversation is a community engagement event which brings together community groups and agencies to celebrate the good work going on and to identify new ways of working together for the well-being of communities.
Read more here.
If you missed the one at Christ the Sower on Tuesday evening, you could still catch one of the later ones:
February 24th - Water Eaton, Bletchley and surrounding areas www.roc.uk.com/watereaton
February 25th – Milton Keynes all areas www.roc.uk.com/miltonkeynes
It’s an opportunity to say ‘Thank you’ to those who are already putting many hours of work – as a volunteer or as an employee – into making Milton Keynes the community that it is. It also gives people the opportunity to work together to identify problems and solutions- they are great fun. If you want to book in, then follow the relevant link above.
We have over 1500 students at Hazeley, the vast majority of whom are fantastic members of both the school and the local community. Few of them ever set a foot wrong beyond our gates, some may make a few silly errors and a very small number have the potential to drift into antisocial behaviour. Many schools see themselves as separate to their communities; if things occur beyond the school gates then the school will rarely get involved. We are very clear at Hazeley: we will go above and beyond to help prevent and resolve any issues that relate to our young people in the local community. This is a challenging aspiration and much of it relies on working with and through other agencies and people such as the police, social services, council, youth groups and of course, most importantly, parents.
We meet the Safer Schools Police Officer on a weekly basis; she is a tremendous asset to our community. During these sessions we share information, hold restorative meetings and give advice to students from everything on how to keep safe to careers in the police force. Staff members also work on an almost daily basis with various external partners, such as Young Carers, Children & Family Practice, social workers, the schools nursing team, Brook, Compass and CAMHS who offer advice and support for the benefit of the child, and in some cases the wider family.
When we hear of something locally, if relevant, we share this through a Schoolcomms email to parents, not to alarm, but to ensure you have the information needed to make safe decisions. I hope you find these useful.
I have two teenage daughters and I can say from personal experience that parenting is hugely rewarding, but also occasionally challenging. There are times when home and school need to work particularly closely together. Sometimes it is to share information, other times it is to provide a united front of expectations. This exchange of information goes both ways; we listen to what parents tell us they need to support their children just as much as providing information and guidance where helpful or needed. We aspire to work together with parents and services because successful communities exchange knowledge and support each other.
You may be less aware that members of staff regularly visit the local shops and work with students to take part in community activities such as remembrance parades, litter picking, tree planting or charity events. Experience tells us that one of the best ways to reduce anti-social behaviour is to help young people to get involved in sports, clubs and activities in the community. Students at Hazeley are encouraged to engage with a vast array of activities from the Hazeley-based Milton Keynes Scorpions Basketball Club to the Youth Council. As with every initiative of this nature, parental support is a key factor in making this a success. We are constantly growing our list of opportunities young people can take part in and would love to know what you and your children are doing in the local community. If you would like to let us know or find out what you or your child can get involved in email their form tutor or Mrs McKenzie.
We value our parent body highly and we know that the parents who work most closely with Hazeley, by getting involved and supporting their school place their children in the best possible position to gain the most from being part of our academy community; allowing their child to grow into an amazing version of themselves and gaining fulfilment through helping others along the way.
As always don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any thoughts or ideas on how we might improve things further: SHealy@thehazeleyacademy.com