Jamie’s May Update

Jamie’s May Update

Another month has gone by so that means it’s time for another update. I can’t believe this is my penultimate update before the end of my first term! It’s been a busy month with Governing Body and Trustee Board meetings but I’ll keep this concise as I’m sure you’re used to hearing about all the meetings I sit in by now.

Awards Livestreams:

Now usually in May we’d be heading off to the Racecourse or the Principal for our annual Sports and Societies awards but unfortunately that wasn’t possible this year for obvious reasons, but we still wanted to celebrate the fantastic successes of our sports and societies. Thanks to some fantastic work by our Governance and Information assistant Dan we were able to do some fantastic livestreams which I hosted and had a fantastic time doing so! Hopefully everyone who watched enjoyed them, but finger crossed it’s the last time we need to do virtual events.

Be Kind to Your Mind:

For Mental Health Week we produced a campaign called “Be Kind to Your Mind” and asked what mental health means to you and shared them to hopefully raise awareness on different people’s definitions. I also recorded another episode of our Boys Don’t Cry podcast which was great to do after a long time without doing one! Hopefully by sharing our experiences it will show people they’re not alone.

Graduation Working Group:

After the decision to postpone graduation back in October, I’ve been part of the Graduation Working Group made up of members of staff across York St John. We’ve worked together to understand how we can provide in-person ceremonies in the Minster, and I’m delighted that it’s now been confirmed that ceremonies will take place in November and February!

Throw It Our Way:

As we approach the time when students will be moving out of their accommodation and potentially out of York all together, we wanted to make sure that any things you no longer need don’t just end up in the bin and can be redistributed to those who need it most. We created the Throw it Our Way campaign to make sure that any items you don’t need any more could go to charities and not be wasted.

Sports and Societies Council:

This month was the final meeting of the academic year for the newly created sports and socs council. Thank you to everyone who’s been involved over the year and over the summer we’ll be working to improve it based on everything we’ve learnt in its first year of life to ensure the best representation and experience for our sports and societies.