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Powerful PSHCE Day

18 November 2019

A Paralympian gave an inspiring lecture to Westminster City School pupils during our PSHCE Day on resilience and risk.

Kim Daybell, who started playing table tennis as a child, has represented Paralympics GB at London 2012 and Rio 2016. He won a silver medal at the 2017 European Championships and now combines his job as a junior doctor with a hectic training schedule for Tokyo 2020.

Kim’s motivating talk to our pupils explained how his disability (he was born with Poland’s Syndrome, a rare condition that meant he did not have fingers on his right hand) did not stop him from studying to be a doctor or playing sport. He advised our pupils to “put yourself out there, even when the fear of failure is real” and to develop through any failures, such as undertaking further practice to ensure you succeed next time.

Throughout our PSHCE Day, Westminster City School staff and external speakers gave presentations and ran events, meaning our pupils heard about issues like keeping safe online, human trafficking, female genital mutilation, and substance misuse. Theatre-in-education company, The Riot Act, made use of our Drama Studio for a live performance on road safety, while the Stand Against Violence charity delivered a powerful violence prevention talk.

In addition, our School’s PE teachers organised a number of sessions to demonstrate the power of exercise, with pupils greatly enjoying taking part in sports that ranged from yoga to marital arts training.

PSHCE stands for Personal, Social, Health, and Citizens Education, with our School’s PSHCE programme covering a variety of topics within these areas. We run two PSHCE Days per year, enabling our staff and pupils to focus further on subjects of particular importance. This Michaelmas term event endeavoured to build confidence, resilience, and self-esteem, whilst helping our pupils learn to identify and manage risks.

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