This November is Movember, and HNC has revealed our community has listened to the Mo’s calling and we will be working together to make a difference in male mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer. 

Once again our Performing Arts department will be hosting ‘Music for Movember’, an evening where our talented students will put on a spectacular showcase. Taking place from 6.30pm onwards on Wednesday 29 November, this will feature our talented bands, duos and solo artists singing and performing a range of songs across styles including pop, rock and heavy metal. Tickets will be on sale on Wisepay from early next week. Funds raised from the evening will go to a charity linked to one of the themes that Movember aims to raise awareness of, with our Performing Arts students currently voting on their chosen charity.  The image above shows students at last year’s concert.

Our Student Wellbeing team supports students throughout the year with topics that Movember aims to get the nation talking about. However, this month gives our community a chance to join the national conversation around these crucial themes. We’ve been sharing some great organisations that provide support, along with some of the key signs and symptoms that indicate seeking some further health advice is required. The month is also the perfect opportunity to remind our students to remember that our Student Wellbeing appointments are for everyone. 

One member of staff has also chosen to play his part in this by taking up the challenge of ‘Move for Movember.’ This sees participants running or walking 60km throughout the month of November, with 60km representing the fact that 60 men are lost to suicide globally every hour.

Harry Hall, one of our Progress Tutors, is already 25km into his challenge and says: “A key part of my role sees me working with young people who are experiencing challenges, and helping them to understand the support they can access to develop their resilience. Whilst participating in Move for Movember is great fun and I’m enjoying the benefits of being more active, taking part has represented an ideal opportunity to generate conversations why it really is OK (and so important!) for us to talk about how we feel, and how by doing so we can play our part in tackling the frightening statistics around male mental health.”

James Dash, Teacher of Music comments: “Last year’s inaugural Music for Movember concert was an incredible success with many our students choosing performances to celebrate and highlight some of the themes linked to the month. As performers, our students are passionate about how music is a form of expression and talking in itself, and our guests are promised a fantastic evening of music that will leave them feeling and doing good. We hope to be able to announce our chosen charity at the same time our tickets go live.”

Tickets are available on WisePay. 

To read more about Harry’s challenge and sponsor him if you wish click here. 

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