Adversity, Diversity & Resilience - 2nd Form PSHE

Jack Carroll with Jason ManfordThe 2nd Form have recently been considering the issues of prejudice, intolerance and discrimination in our society. They have discussed how people can work together to create a more accepting society. For people with disabilities, society’s approach can be all too negative and therefore limiting. The group have been looking at how people have overcome challenges and push everyday boundaries.

The group have seen the work of American mouth artist Mariam Pare. A stray bullet struck her spinal cord while she was driving.  In that instant, she became a quadriplegic. Nick Vujicic giving a speechHolly Lavery felt that her work was “exquisite, as she paints really detailed pictures”.  Holly Duckham found them inspiring. The group even attempted to write their names with only their mouths, making them appreciate even more the skill that she has developed. The 2nd Form have also enjoyed the self-deprecating and observant humour of Jack Carroll who has cerebral palsy, as well as the speeches of Nick Vujicic.

Finally, the pupils discussed the experiences of Bethany Hamilton Dirks, an American professional surfer who survived a 2003 shark attack in which her left arm was bitten off, but ultimately returned to—and was victorious in—professional surfing. She wrote about her experience in the 2004 autobiography Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board. In April 2011, the feature film Soul Surfer was released. Many of the 2nd Form had seen it; Alice Haldane remarked: “that the film moved me because it was a true story”.