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October 1st, 2010

Girls: the new season…

Its the start of another school year which means a new group of year 7 girls for my Lunch Club at Langdon Park School. As my group from last year remember, starting secondary school is really scary, especially for those who don’t know anyone, and the club really helped a lot of them meet other girls in their year and start building lasting friendships and confidence in this new environment.

Last years group were really keen to get involved so they helped me promote the club in assembly, are doing outreach for me during Wednesday lunchtimes when the sessions are on, and are helping set-up and run the activities. This is a massive practical help and will also provide extra support in making the year 7’s feel more settled and comfortable around school.

I couldnt quite bring myself to let go of last years group after having so much fun and building such good relationships with them so we now also have our first year 8 group!! (They are currently trying to be year 7’s as well and sneak in to both groups!!) With this extra work I am very grateful to have a new volunteer, Amy, who is doing her placement for her youth work course with us for the next year. She’s a mum of 2 girls and really creative and resourceful so will be a brilliant addition to the team.

All in all looking like its gonna be a great term for our girls work!