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Insightful and fascinating Shaa Lecture

Sixth Form pupils welcomed inspirational speaker Emma Cole into the school for the second Shaa lecture.

This programme of talks and follow up sessions with pastoral staff forms an integral part of the pastoral curriculum and is designed to help equip our pupils with the knowledge to successfully navigate the challenges of life.

Emma, who was diagnosed HIV positive in 1991, spends time speaking to schools and groups via her ‘Positive Voice’ talks which document how she lives with the condition and how it changed her life.

In the 25 years since her diagnosis she has raised awareness of HIV/AIDS and challenged many preconceptions, alongside reinforcing the importance of safety in sex and relationships education.

Mr James Wilson said: “Emma made a decision after her diagnosis that she was going to speak out publicly as an HIV positive woman in an attempt to breakdown the misconceptions that many had, and still have, about HIV. In delivering her Positive Voice talks she not only continues that commitment but also now brings the perspective of a long-term survivor.

Her candid, thought-provoking and very humorous Shaa Lecture is not only an important lesson in sexual health but she is also passionate to show us that life is for living, boundaries and expectations are there to be pushed and exceeded, not simply accepted.”