January 2018 – Meningitis Awareness Event

On 15 January 2018, all year 9 students took part in an event to raise awareness of Meningitis. Teenagers and young adults are in one of the high risk categories for contracting the disease so it is important that they understand the symptoms of meningitis and what to do in the event of a concern. The session was led by Matt Dawson MBE and Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE who talked to the students and then led an interactive quiz.

Matt is a retired English Rugby Union player and now Team Captain on A Question of Sport. Matt’s son had meningitis a few years ago, hence his involvement in the campaign. Kate is an Olympic Gold and Bronze medal winning English field hockey player. And an ex-Priestnall School student!

The students really enjoyed the event and learnt a lot about the signs and symptoms of this potentially fatal disease. Member of our school rugby team were also given the opportunity to meet Matt and Kate and have a photograph. See below.

The rest of the school will also be learning about Meningitis during their weekly SEAL activity in form time.If you want further information about Matt and Kate’s campaign, go to Tacklemeningitis.org. (http://www.tacklemeningitis.org/)

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