Nightingale is named after Florence Nightingale, ‘The Lady with the Lamp'.
Florence Nightingale was born in Florence, Italy on 12th May 1820. As Florence grew up, she developed an interest in helping others and was determined to pursue a career as a nurse.
In 1854 she was asked to go to Turkey to manage the nursing of British soldiers wounded in the Crimean War (1854-1856). She travelled to Scutari (where all the wounded and ill soldiers of the Crimean War were taken), to help the wounded soldiers.
She found the hospital conditions to be extremely poor. Many of the wounded were unwashed and were sleeping in overcrowded dirty rooms without blankets or food. In these conditions diseases such as typhus, cholera and dysentery spread quickly. As a result, the death rate was very high, and most died from infection or disease.
Florence and her nurses changed these conditions. They set up a kitchen, fed the wounded from their own supplies, dug latrines for sanitation, and asked for help from the wives of the wounded. They were then able to care properly for the ill and wounded and the death rate among the soldiers dropped.
Florence was very dedicated to her job. She would often visit the soldiers at night when they were asleep just to make sure they were ok. She was then referred to as “The Lady of the Lamp” because she hardly took time off to sleep. Florence became a true hero to the soldiers and everyone back home in England.
Florence Nightingale was truly inspirational and changed the face of nursing from a mostly untrained profession to a highly skilled and well-respected medical profession with very important responsibilities.
Nightingale is the yellow house and our mascot is the duck.
The Antoine Trust
The Antoine Trust was created in Jersey in memory of Antoine Willing, who died of a cancerous brain tumour on 11 April 2012, aged seven.
Their initial project was to develop a new role for a paediatric oncology nurse, to ensure that paediatric oncology care in readily available to Jersey children with cancer. This means that UK best practice is achieved in Jersey and it helps to improve the quality of life for the whole family during a stressful and traumatic time because they receive help in coordinating their children’s care. This was experienced first-hand by Antoine’s parents, who gained an invaluable insight into the hardships faced by Jersey children, and the disruption that regularly surrounds the treatment.
The Antoine Trust’s second project is to raise awareness of cancer detection. This involves lectures delivered by senior consultants to the Jersey medical profession and also giving information about early brain tumour detection to Jersey Medical Practices
For more information visit http://theantoinetrust.com/
Help for Heroes
The mission of Help for Heroes is to deliver an enduring national network of support for our wounded and their families. They will inspire and enable those who have made sacrifices on our behalf to achieve their full potential.
In the 12 months leading up to March 2015 they have helped over 4,000 Veterans and military personnel - and their families - through their network of Recovery Centres.
The war in Afghanistan may be over, but for those who have suffered life-changing injuries, their battles are just beginning.
They have estimated that, of the 220,560 individuals deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq between 2001 and 2014, up to 75,000 servicemen and women (and their families) may need our support in the future. We will not let them fight these battles alone.
Naomi Ryan: I am studying Art, History, DT and English Literature at AS Level. In the future I hope to study in New Zealand, hopefully studying Law if all works out, or maybe a career in design, depending on how confused I become following my results and life in general. However, one thing I do know is that House is major part of life at the moment, apart from revising, and eating, and sometimes going outside.
Kesia Myers: Hi, I’m Kesia, I’m studying History, English and Psychology A level. After I complete my A levels, I aspire to join the Police and become a detective. I love crime novels and television programmes. For House this year I would love to bring Nightingale back to their former glory! I think everyone should try to participate in at least one House Event and I would love everyone to be really enthusiastic this year as I think that is the key to success!
Plans for the coming year
Our aims for house next year are to involve as many people as possible and make sure that Nightingale feels more like a community. In our team, we hope to increase the number of fund-raisers and perhaps even secure a trademark Nightingale event, even though our walk is top notch. This next year we are very excited about events such as top of the pops as we enjoy the excitement of the inevitable failure perhaps being averted. Overall, we hope to increase the aspect of fun and accomplishment to house activities and meetings and make the year 9s actually think it’s cool to sing in a choir!