The 3rd Aim High For All (AHFA) programme, delivered at St Mary’s University (SMU), took place on Thursday 16 February.
The AHFA course gives the participants the knowledge and skills to deliver the programme to young people both inside and outside of schools. It comprises four units: the work of JP2F4S, the delivery of the programme in schools, differing attitudes to sport and the history of sport at St Mary’s University.
The course was delivered by JP2F4S Director of Education Dr Colm Hickey assisted by Louis Smith, a Yr 1 student who had already completed Level 1 and was gaining his Level 2 Certificate. Also in attendance was Dave Hartnett, Chair of Trustees at JP2F4S, who presented certificates to the successful participants on the completion of the programme.
The response of the students was positive. One commented: “I enjoyed the course very much because I felt it was relevant, practical and a useful way how to work with values in schools. I did not know JP2F4S before, therefore it was an interesting piece of knowledge for me. The materials – the booklets – we were given were brilliant. I will try some of the activities.”
Another said: “It was a well informed course in terms of now having a greater understanding of how we can incorporate a vision and value based approach to our teaching, especially in PE and hopefully one day in my own tutor group. It was delivered in such a way that it was engaging…(exploring) the JP2F4S values and virtues and how these relate to the British Values, which of course Ofsted look out for!! If there is ever a level 2 opportunity I would love to give it a go!”
Others commented: “A very good course which was very insightful. I think it’s great that the course provided us with resources too”; and “Colm was really engaging and allowed us to ask any questions about how we would implement the programme into our schools.”
The day was organised in conjunction with the School of Education, Leadership and Theology for Post Graduates on both the primary and secondary programmes. Dr Anna Lise Gordon, Academic Director of Secondary provision, who arranged the day, said, ‘I am delighted that the course went so well.’ Such was the success of the course that a 4th day has been organised for Thursday 6th July.
Dr Colm Hickey added: “The Foundation is delighted with the level of support that it is receiving from the university. The popularity of the course means that we will have a growing number of students who have been trained in delivering the Aim High For All programme in schools throughout the country.”