Students at The Sixth Form College, Solihull combined Olympic fever with learning more about the dangers of excessive drinking this week, thanks to the White Ribbon Association.
Vickki Taylor-Smith, Gail Williams and a work experience student Katie Williams represented the White Ribbon Association and focused on behaviour changes due to alcohol. They set up a stand in the College Refectory and talked to students at lunchtime.
Activities included a Mini Beer Goggles Olympics, to compliment other Mini Olympic events going on in the Refectory this week. Students had to wear the beer goggles and then go through a number of challenges, including dropping a bag and trying to locate all the items from the floor (some of them very important objects such as keys, money and ID cards).
Another activity saw students making important decisions such as reading signs to A&E, hailing a taxi (choosing either an unmarked taxi or a black cab and deciding which was the better decision and why?), and getting a key in a door lock, to name just a few challenges.
Julie Maitland, a Student Development Officer at the College, commented: “The activities were very humorous, and the Principal even had a go! Of course, there was a serious message to these activities too, concerning drink awareness and the dangers of alcohol affecting judgement. Seven of our Health Ambassadors helped out with the display and activities, which also included drink spiking awareness, quiz questions and giving out information and we congratulate them on their work. We also thank the White Ribbon Association for coming into College yet again to deliver such an important message to our students.”
Other Olympic themed activities running in College this week include Chess, with the assistance of Solihull Chess Club, who have provided staff to support the event and extended an invitation for interested students to participate in some summer coaching at their club based in Widney Lane.
Archery, Badminton and Table Tennis have also been activities taking place as part of the Mini Olympics this week and there has been a bouncy castle, busking and PlayStation sports and dance taking place. The climax to the week came with a concert that acted as a closing ceremony in which students performed and staff band “Midlife Crisis” also played.
There has also been an official Olympic torch in College this week, courtesy of Bullfinch the actual manufacturer based in Birmingham
All funds raised from this week-long event will go towards Sport Relief.
NOTE TO EDITOR: Representatives from White Ribbon Association with the Olympic torch are pictured in the attached image.
For further information contact:
Bev Bishop, Marketing Co-ordinator, The Sixth Form College, Solihull
Tel: 0121 704 2581 (Ext. 2427)
Fax: 0121 711 1598