On the 30th January, I tagged along with Ms De Louvois and our Young Carers Group to the Bucks Young Carers awards 2020.
Mrs De Louvois set up our group at the start of this academic year, when she invited Bucks Young Carers in to talk to the children in assembly. Following the visit, children and their families had the opportunity to self identify as Young Carers. A young carer is defined as a child who has additional caring responsibilities for a member of their family. Research shows that they are more likely to find it hard to find time for their own needs and may also have difficulties with school work and friendships.
The THJS Young Carers group meets every two weeks at lunchtime and has gone from strength to strength. The children have chosen to rename themselves the 'Friendship Fighters.' In each meeting they enjoy sharing games and other activities in a mutually supportive environment.
We were at the ceremony to be presented with the Gold award in recognition of the huge amount of time, support and focus that Mrs De Louvois puts into supporting the children who attend our young carers group.
I was incredibly proud to see our children's excited faces as they watched a special film that they had recorded especially for the ceremony. The organisers chose Thomas Harding for the project and visited our school at the start of January in order to interview the children and capture their thoughts and feelings about what the group means to them.
This group is yet another example of the recognition and support that we work hard to give all of our pupils. We believe that meeting every child's unique needs, enables them to flourish. This will then of course, support their learning and enable them to have the tools they need to reach their full potential. Days like today just help to make me fully appreciate how incredible our children and staff are.
Thomas Harding is a very special place indeed. A special thank you to Ms De Louvois for her complete dedication to our pupils.