“It is OK not to be OK”

Posted on: 25/11/2019

This month has seen the staff at GTS supporting the Movember charity which aims to raise the awareness of male health.  The work of the charity focuses on three areas of male health; prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health.  It aims to tackle the stereotypical thinking of men that stops them addressing their health issues due to embarrassment, or a perception it is a sign of weakness.

This year Movember and GTS have focused on the area of mental health with the message “it is Ok not to be OK”.  Assemblies and tutor discussion have promoted this message, stressing that it is OK to tell someone you’re not OK and conversely if you know someone isn’t OK, but say they are, you should ask again.

The majority of male staff and a number of pupils have embraced the Movember challenge to grow a moustache throughout November to promote the message.  There have been a huge variety of styles on show in the corridors and classrooms of GTS.  Although the Movember challenge is more about the message rather than fund raising, we are hoping to make a contribution to support the work.

To that end I have asked pupils to vote on their favourite moustache, how they define that is up to them!  Every vote costs £1.  Between now and the end of Movember, pupils can go to the finance office and vote for their choice of moustache.  Pictures of the participants can be seen above; the final photo will be taken on Friday 29th Movember and updated on the website.  Please either send your child to school with £1 or more for multiple votes, or alternatively you can place your vote via parentmail.

Please vote generously!

Mr A Bloodworth Headteacher / Mo Bro


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