World and x10 British Inline Skating Champion, Jenna Downing and Neil Danns, European and British Skateboarding Champion, worked with Blessed Edward Jones Catholic High School's Year 11 pupils during a two day bespoke mentoring programme at Danger Point and Eirias Skate Park. Neil and Jenna, both Olympic Team GB athletes and Sky Sports Mentors, commended the girls for their dedication and teamwork during the two day event. Jenna said: "I am thrilled that the girls enjoyed themselves so much and I thought they were superb. I know that I can speak on both behalf of myself and Neil by saying that we absolutely loved working with the girls and Miss Henderson (the school's Achievement for all Champion)." Neil and Jenna will continue to mentor the girls online and offer support and guidance as part of the school's mentoring scheme, Mentor Me, Mentor Ti!.
Achievement for All is a bespoke whole school programme promoting student achievement, attainment and improved self-confidence at Blessed Edward Jones CHS. Mentor Me, Mentor Ti! is the pupil led mentoring programme run by the school's AfA Champion, Miss Henderson who said that the girls participated very well with Jenna and Neil in teambuilding, problem solving and confidence building activities. These have laid the foundations for becoming mentors for the younger students in the school. She praised the girls efforts and commitment saying that: "A number of our Year 11 girls are currently undergoing after school training to become a mentor as part of Mentor Me, Mentor Ti!and it has attracted a lot of attention from other students who have also volunteered to be part of the scheme."
Year 11 will be with their mentees at set times during the week so that students can discuss any matters with those who have already been through the system. They will offer advice and guidance and be a friendly face for moral support. As school mentors, the Year 11 girls are interested in creating a school newspaper so that students can write about their achievements and aspirations.
Regular updates will be posted on the notice board along the main corridor and the school's homepage and Twitter account. In 2016, both Jenna and Neil, along with school governors, parents, staff and official dignitaries will be invited to a presentation day whereby the girls will give a talk about their achievements as school mentors and how beneficial the programme has been for them and their mentees.