FCD Prevention Works at St Julian’s School

09/04/2019

On Wednesday, 27th March the school was visited by Ms Adrianne Battle and Mr John Tummon, two specialists from an organisation called FCD Prevention Works. Over the course of two and a half days, they spoke to students from Years 8 to 12. Their focus during the short time they were at St. Julian’s was to raise awareness of the dangers of substance abuse and how to prevent students from using substances such as alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. As former addicts, both Arianne and John spoke from the heart, captivating the students with stories of how alcohol and drugs had impacted their lives. Their approach to such a sensitive topic was to make it personal, whilst at the same time deliver a wealth of factually based information, which informed our students about the dangers of illicit substances and the impact it has on the adolescent brain. In a short space of time, Adrianne and John had built an incredible rapport with our students, and it was evident for all to see that they (the students) were really appreciative to have had the opportunity to hear from these two specialists.  Parents were also invited to attend a presentation on the Thursday afternoon. We thank all those who attended (around 50 in total), who offered some interesting and thought-provoking questions for our guests to answer. Having spoken to a large number of students, staff and parents, the feedback from the last week was overwhelmingly positive. Below are just a few of the comments we have received in  response to the visit. 
 
(The) students were highly engaged and the content and discussions promoted were excellent. 
 
This was really interesting and powerful. I hope the students got as much out of it as I did.  
 
I thought that the sessions were well presented and valuable….fantastic the school had the FCD Prevention Works team in! 
 
Adrianne engaged all students because of her honesty and life stories. Overall very valuable and interesting. Hopefully one of those stories that the students will remember. 
 
I just wanted to say that the addiction seminar last week was extremely insightful and well organised. I could have stayed so much longer listening to them and asking so many questions.  
 
I have spoken to my daughter and numerous of her friends at the weekend and they all said the addiction clinics were really well run and that they learned a lot.  
 
Very informative and made me rethink things. 
 
It was a nice assembly. The people presenting did a very good job at making the presentations entertaining and effective. 
 
I really liked the presentation, it was well structured and presented. It helped a lot. Thank you FCD.   The assembly they gave us last week was very important because it helps our age group to not get in the habit of drinking or smoking at a young age. 
 
The FCD prevention sessions were thoughtful and interesting. This was because we looked deeper into certain subjects like addiction and it really made us understand the consequences of having an addiction and how it affects you and the people close to you.  
 
The two FCD Prevention sessions we attended extended our knowledge on drugs and on how to prevent them. Miss Battle talked to us about what substances have done to her and her life as in friends and family. We learned about the consequences of substances like drinking alcohol and taking drugs when you are under the age of 25. Overall we learned that substances can damage you for the rest of your life. 

 
As a school, we are constantly looking for ways we can deliver effective and profound educational opportunities for our students. Through utilising the expertise of Adrianne and John from FCD Prevention Works we hope we have raised awareness amongst our students (along with parents and staff), and that they are now more confident about making the correct decisions when it comes to substances like alcohol, tobacco, vaping and drugs such as marijuana.  
 
On behalf of St. Julian’s I would like to extend our gratitude to both Adrianne and John for the time and energy they invested in our               students. I would also like to thank FCD Prevention Works for helping to make their visit possible.  
 
A final word must be reserved for our students. Whether they attended one of the assemblies or were part of the tutor group sessions, they are to be congratulated on their conduct. Both Ms Battle and Mr Tummon were incredibly impressed with their behaviour and how welcome they were made to feel. Well done!  
 
Mr T Rains - Head of Pastoral

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ur purpose is to create a happy, secure and stimulating learning environment within which all members of our community can achieve their full potential and develop a commitment to lifelong learning.

Our purpose is to create a happy, secure and stimulating learning environment within which all members of our community can achieve their full potential and develop a commitment to lifelong learning.