Photo of five female students riding bikes in the college car park. Some of them are wearing hijabs and some are wearing high visibility jackets.

Health Awareness Week 2019

March 25th marked the start of Joseph Chamberlain College’s annual Health Awareness Week.

This year the College put on a range of events with a focus on tackling inactivity, first aid and encouraging girls to get involved in sports.


Cycling UK and Birmingham Cycle Revolution lead Bikability training on the MUGA and some of our female students learnt to ride a bike for the first time. Street Doctors also spent two days at College giving first aid training for puncture wounds and road traffic casualties. Students then met the team from Umbrella to discuss the importance of sexual health.

Student Sessions

Throughout the week, our Healthcare and Sports students lead activities as part of their coursework. On Wednesday, we had a full day of sport and games sessions and on Thursday we brought back the always popular ‘glow in the dark multi-sports’. To encourage some of our less confident female students to get involved, we dedicated part of timetable to female only sessions. Meanwhile, Health students held a session to reduce the stigma of talking about mental health, with a worry box for students to write their concerns in. They then sampled smoothies as part of Change 4 Life’s Eat Well campaign. Our health teachers also gave talks on quitting smoking, drug awareness, checking for breast and prostate cancer, and sexual consent

Tackling Inactivity

The most popular event of the week involved inflatable fun, where students tested their balance and strength on the mechanical rodeo bull, bungee run and soccer zorbing. Finally, our College nurse, Loretta, tested blood sugar levels and discussed how students can integrate more activity into their lives. Throughout the month, English teacher Patrick has been undertaking a 10K a day step challenge. To mark the end of the challenge, he spent his lunch break running up and down the Atrium stairs while spectators donated £1 to Cancer Research to guess the total of steps after 30 minutes – the total was 4266!

Thank you to all of our visitors and staff, and to our students for joining in with the week, improving your health and raising money for Cancer Research UK!Photo of male teacher running down stairs in college, he's wearing black active wear and trainersPhoto of female students standing by a Cancer Research fundraising stall selling cupcakesphotograph of students inside large inflatable balls with their legs sticking out the bottom to play footballphoto of We Are Cycling stallphoto of the college nurse taking a blood sample from a student's fingerphoto of female students chatting around a tableclose up photo of a box with the word depression written on it, there's a slot at the top to drop in messagesphoto of students sampling smoothies around a table photo of male student straddling a mechanical rodeo inflatable bull