On Monday 16th October we were delighted to participate in Restart a Heart Day. This is a Europe-wide initiative developed by the European Resuscitation Council which was launched in 2013 to teach members of the public how to help restart the heart of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest. Following a radio interview to explain the importance of this initiative in schools to the listeners of BBC Radio Lincolnshire, all of our Lower Sixth students took part in a series of 50 minute training sessions. We welcomed Ian Carroll from LIVES into school for the day as he led the training, teaching all students about the importance of DR ABC as well as infant CPR and how to use a defibrillator when required.
Charlie Rogers from Lower Sixth had this to say about the event. “Although the initial idea of this CPR training appeared daunting at first, the intuitive and respectable L.I.V.E.S doctors discussed the topic in a way which allowed me to interact and respond to the scenarios they presented us with. This experience also allowed me to physically try CPR which helped to ameliorate my confidence and reduced the anxiety I would feel in the situation where I may have to administer CPR. In the session I was allowed to practice cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a life-size mannequin independently which made the situation feel more real and gave me something valuable to take away. The L.I.V.E.S doctors also delivered personal experiences which helped me to realise the life skill I was learning in that I may make a difference to someone’s life. Overall, the experience was practical, well delivered and definitely allowed me to take precious skills away with me”.
U6 Geographers took part in a field trip to Lincoln on Tuesday 26th September to identify changes to the city and differences between residential areas. This field work was part of the students' Changing Places topic. During the day the students were given presentations by a representative of 'Visit Lincoln' and by a local resident, which were kindly hosted in the Usher Art Gallery's education room.
On Wednesday 13th September a group of 60 Year 11 GCSE geographers accompanied by parent helpers, 6th Formers and teachers headed out to Anderby Creek to conduct fieldwork on the sand dunes. Despite Storm Aileen having blown through the county overnight the weather was kind to us, with even the sun making an appearance during the day. The students worked admirably through the challenges that the vegetation and environment provided, with the knowledge that once all the fieldwork data was collected they could then head to the beach cafe for chips and ice cream!