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Pillars is a bespoke Millgate-designed curriculum introduced as a subject in 2018.  Its role in the curriculum is to marry up key elements of PSHE, citizenship, history and geography whilst developing students’ understanding, belief and confidence in personal virtues such as; courage, justice, honesty, love, care, compassion, gratitude, humility, integrity and respect.


Week beginning Monday 23rd March

Pillars Play activities:

See how many of the below you can complete this week! Send photos to Posted prize for the most completed in a week!

COVID-19 Diary:

We are living in unprecedented times, at a time of real social history – history that you will tell your own children about in years to come and which future generations will learn about from textbooks, based on eye-witness testimony from people who lived during the times – people like YOU!

This is where you come in.  I would like you to keep a diary about your experiences of the Coronavirus pandemic – your experience of daily life, your thoughts and feelings about the current situation and how it is impacting upon the way you live, your family, friends and relatives. 

How you keep the diary is up to you.  You might write a short entry each day, or a weekly entry or an entry when you think something important, unusual or interesting happens.  The format of the diary is also up to you.  You might have a small notebook, or pieces of paper assembled together or a WORD document.  What you write is also entirely up to you.  It could be facts, your opinion or the views of other people, either from your direct experience or something that you have seen on TV, or the thoughts and feelings of people you have been in touch with on social networking or blogging sites.  However, we would ask you to write sensibly and not to swear, use hate language or echo any sort of discriminatory, prejudicial or racial view of any kind.  That would be unacceptable and wrong.  The diary of Anne Frank (if you are familiar with it) is a good example of the way a diary should be recorded.

As young people going through this time it is a genuine opportunity to take careful note of the world around you and to record what you see, feel, hear and experience as a form of living testimony (memory) – eye-witnesses to history if you like.  You will be producing primary source material in the writing of your diaries.  You may also consider creating a time capsule filled with items that you think tell the story of our current emergency and/or interview your family at home.  Why not create your own video diary on your phone as well?

When you all eventually return to school, I will collect up your diaries and read them with the idea that a booklet will be created from your range of observations.

Email any of your thoughts and ideas that you wish to share with me to


Inspiration for your diary from a girl who wrote down her experiences: