Month: March 2019

Lessons from Auschwitz

Sophie and I had the opportunity to be a part of the Lessons from Auschwitz project which is aimed at young people in order to increase their knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust and reflect on the contemporary relevance of it. As a part of the project we went to an orientation seminar before the main trip and heard from a Holocaust survivor called Hannah Lewis. Her story was heartbreaking and made us reflect on the experiences of all those affected by the holocaust, not just those sent to concentration camps. On Wednesday 13 February we travelled to a very cold Poland. Our first visit was to the town of Oświęcim which, before the war, had a large Jewish community which accounted to 58% of the population. By going here we started to understand the ordinary lives in which the Jewish community had before the war. Our second visit was the Auschwitz I where we learnt about the lives of the prisoners in the camp and the conditions in which they lived. One of the most challenging things to see here was the massive amount of personal items which were left behind after the camp was liberated. The items included…

Students Are Digital Health Champions

Students from Scott College are part of a project  looking at using smart speakers in care homes. The group were invited to attend the  EPIC project event in Liskeard by Professor Ray Jones looking at how smart speakers could be used to provide reminders for treatment or medication or as a means of video communication with healthcare practitioners, family and friends. The students have prepared materials to explain to care home residents how to use the system including information about how the care homes could find it useful including setting Alexa up as a diary, reminders and for recreational use. “The students have now become Digital Health Champions and were given six Echo Spots to take home and practice with before starting to use them with the care homes,” explained Health and Scoial Care teacher Mrs Carlson.”We will shortly be allocated care homes and the students will be supporting them by making regular contact as well as the initial set-up.” It is the second part of the Epic project which students have taken part in – in January they went to Plymouth University for a session called Innovations For a Long and Healthy Life. It was all-day event which considered how technologies can help…

Uni Visit For Psychology Students

Part of being a student at Scott College is regular visits to universities – this time one of our partners Plymouth University. Our Year 10 Psychology students visited the Psychology department and had an extremely informative and inspiring afternoon.

Students Join Compassion Project

Scott College has been invited to be a pilot school for the St Luke’s Compassionate Schools project. The project is part of their Compassionate City Campaign. “I have been working with them for some months now and completed Champion training and we are involved in three ways,” explained Health and Social care teacher Mrs Carlson. “One is the Theatre Forum Workshop which is run in conjunction with St Luke’s, Scott College and Plymouth University’s drama students and on 12 March 40 students took part in an afternoon of theatre forum sessions.”       The idea behind the Compassionate Buddies Forum Theatre sessions is to help students build their confidence and skills to compassionately respond to their peers who might be bereaved or living with a life-limiting condition. Ultimately, they will get to practice LENDing a helping hand to make a difference to people around them and understand what a Compassionate Buddy is and isn’t, just like in Compassionate Friends. Forum Theatre is a type of participatory theatre which allows the audience members- students (the ‘spect-actors’) to practice different interventions for real-life scenarios. “It was a great experience and the students were amazing,” said Mrs Carlson. “They interacted well and…

Students Learn Practical Health Science Skills

Students got to grips with a range of Health Sciences Practical Skills as part of a special event at Scott College. The College welcomed visitors from the University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust Infection Control team and five Allied Health professionals including from Occupational Therapy, Podiatry, Dietetics and Paramedics. “The students learned to use a Doppler machine and take blood pressure correctly as well as learning about infection control and correct hand-washing procedures,” said Health and Social Care teacher Mrs Carlson. “It was an informative and enjoyable day and another great opportunity for our students to learn directly  from those working in our healthcare services.”

Hands-on Anatomy Experience Is ‘Exceptional’

Students were given a real flavour of life as a surgeon when they took part in Operating Theatre Live. The two-day anatomical dissection experience follows the journey from patient care through anaesthetics to incisions and onto the dissection of all main organ systems including attempting real surgical procedures. Year 12 student Aaron, a future physiotherapist, said it was a “unique” experience. “We have so many opportunities like this at Scott College – I’m currently on a placement at Derriford Hospital in the Histology Department and experiences like that and taking part in Operating Theatre Live reinforce how much I want to pursue a career in the medical profession.” Fellow  Year 12 student Poppy is planning to be a doctor. “It is important to get over your squeamishness and a practical hands-on experience like Operating Theatre Live really helps,” she said. Dominic, who is in Year 9, said it was “a great introduction into how organs and tissues work”. “It’s very different to see all the things we learn about actually in the flesh,” said Dominic, who is planning a career in Cardiology. “The whole experience propels them through the human body, how it works and what is involved with careers in…