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Waseley Hills High pupils get a dramatic lesson on alcohol abuse

Tristan Harris 5th Feb, 2016 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

PUPILS from two Bromsgrove schools got a powerful lesson about the dangers of alcohol misuse through a dramatic production.

‘Smashed’ was performed at Catshill Middle School last Monday (January 25) and Waseley Hills High School last Tuesday.

The show, delivered by Collingwood Learning and sponsored by Diageo, is followed by an interactive workshop designed to help pupils make informed decisions about alcohol and urging them to question why the characters abuse alcohol and see the consequences.

The programme was developed in consultation with young people and is dedicated to reducing underage drinking and highlighting the dangers, facts, causes and consequences surrounding alcohol misuse and the risks of underage drinking.

Waseley Hills High School’s head of PSHCE (Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education) Nita Joshi said: “The smashed project was extremely beneficial to our year seven students, the messages were strong and the performance was interactive.

Chris Simes from Collingwood learning, said because Smashed was different to conventional lessons, it captured pupils’ attention and helped change their attitude to alcohol by encouraging them to analyse the causes of misuse and its consequences.

Mark Baird, head of Alcohol in Society, Diageo GB, added programmes such as smashed played a pivotal role in reducing alcohol abuse levels among young people.

“But we acknowledge that much more needs to be done, and that’s why we’re sponsoring ‘Smashed’ for a 12th

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