On Friday 9th October our Sixth Form charity group, Amicus, organised participation in a national initiative in support of the charity, Young Minds, promoting mental health awareness in young people. The initiative came from Angelika (Lower Sixth) and the group managed to collect £668 as students across the Park donned their golden garments and dressed up in sunny yellow clothing. Awareness of the appeal was strengthened by another student, Amelie (Year Y10) who wrote a beautiful poem illustrated by her father.
The poem was displayed during the whole school Moment of Reflection at the end of the day’s virtual Collect.
Drowning doesn’t take that long
To dip below the waves surface
Being crushed by the pressure of the depths
Submerged below the calm ocean
Just to wait for a lifeboat
To come along.
You can’t shout underwater
Nor can you scream or cry
Just frantically kick and hope
Someone realises before
Before the pressure gets too much
And the oxygen runs out
And then all you can do
Hoping someone will listen.
Strain their ears enough to know
Something is wrong.
Pulled from the depths.
From the currents that tug you under
To the serene sea above.
For the first time in a while.
You feel the sun on your face again.