Special assemblies were held in February for Year 7-10 which highlighted the importance of thinking about the consequences that came from the choices we make. PC Rob Pedley MBE and Alison Cope were our guest speakers and spoke about the effects that one choice or decision can make on the life of themselves and others.
The primary focus of the assembly was knife crime and Alison spoke about a personal experience of hers where her son, Joshua Ribera – known as grime artist Depzman, was killed as the result of a single stab wound. Alison reminded us all that everyone’s life is precious and how it can be so quickly snatched away by a single act. PC Pedley also assured us that knife crime is extremely rare and that students do not need to be frightened.
A number of students chose to speak to Alison Cope after the assemblies to let her know how they were moved by her account and to point out how they admired her work in getting the message across to schools.
Former Youth Police and Crime Commissioner, Jardell Miller saids: “PC Rob Pedley is a great inspirational speaker who has been delivering his assemblies to schools for a number of years. I remember his assembly from 5 years ago and thought that it would be great to get Rob in again to deliver his message to a new generation of Phoenix students. I was chuffed to hear that the assembly was enjoyed by all.”