Covid-19 Advice

Dear Students

I hope you are keeping safe and well.

I wrote to you before the May Half Term, with some more advice and resources on how to cope during this pandemic. At the time, you might have felt that you didn’t need any support - but now you are a bit more used to staying in and being at home, you might feel that this advice could be useful.

You can see that advice by clicking here. I saved it to the Emotional Wellbeing pages in the Student Resources area on our school website. Remember that these pages include lots of information about looking after, and getting support with, your emotional health. I can particularly recommend KOOTH, the online counselling service.

Please remember though that your teachers, your Form Tutor, your Pastoral Support Worker and Head of Year are all still here for you - even if only in ‘virtual’ format. You can contact them at any time. Details on how to email staff can be found here.

There are a few bits of information I’d like to pass onto you:

Youth Out Loud - Wellbeing during COVID-19 crisis - Survey

Youth Out Loud are a group of young people aged 13-17 years from across Kingston and Richmond. They work with Healthwatch in Kingston and in Richmond and use their voices to make health and care services better for young people. They do this by making films, doing surveys, visiting and viewing local services, and making sure young people’s voices are heard.

Are you a teen living in Kingston or Richmond? They want to hear from you! They want to know about your experiences during COVID-19. They will use the answers that you give to help organisations like the NHS and the Council to better support young people. Please use this link or visit their website www.yolweb.info and click on the survey pin to take part!

Off The Record (OTR) in Twickenham 

OTR are currently offering online/phone support to all current clients who wanted to have sessions, and they are also contacting over 130 young people on their waiting list to offer counsellor support online or by phone. Young people (age 11-24) in Richmond borough who want to speak with a counsellor can contact OTR by phone, text or email and they will arrange a one-off chat.

To find out more about this offer and other services please click this link: Off The Record

Pause

The Children’s Society has a website called Pause focusing on the mental health and wellbeing of young people. Click on the link below to go to this website and from there you can access their resource vault.

https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/mental-health-advice-for-children-and-young-people

Stay safe!

Mrs S Kieran

Senior Deputy Headteacher/Designated Safeguarding Lead


Dear Students

I hope you are keeping safe and well.

I wrote to you before Easter, as the lockdown started, with some ideas on how to cope during this pandemic. At the time, you might have felt that you didn’t need any support - but now you are a bit more used to staying in and being at home, you might feel that this advice could be useful.

You can see that advice by clicking here. I saved it to the Emotional Wellbeing pages in the Student Resources area on our school website. Remember that these pages include lots of information about looking after, and getting support with, your emotional health. I can particularly recommend KOOTH, the online counselling service.

Please remember though that your teachers, your Form Tutor, your Pastoral Support Worker and Head of Year are all still here for you - even if only in ‘virtual’ format. You can contact them at any time. Details on how to email staff can be found here.

There are a two bits of information I’d like to pass onto you:

Firstly, the local Youth Service now have a range of activities young people can engage with during the lockdown. Click here to find out more.

Secondly, and most importantly, I want to remind you about staying safe online. You will be using your phones and computers more and also all your various social networks. This is a good thing as it enables you to stay up to date with school work AND to stay connected with your friends and wider family at a time when you can’t physically meet up.

However, please remember that there are also people out there who want to use the internet and social media sites for bad reasons.

To keep yourself safe online please make sure that you:

  • Don’t share information about yourself with people you don’t know
  • Only use sites that are age-inappropriate and trustworthy
  • Tell a trusted adult if you are worried about anything you see online
  • Look out for your friends and tell a trusted adult if you’re worried about anyone

Please note that we have now added the CEOP button onto the school website. If you have been a victim of online abuse or you're worried about somebody else, you can report your concern to CEOP, quickly and confidentially, by clicking the button. It looks like this:

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You can find a link to the button on Quick Links but you can also find it in the How To Get Help section of the Emotional Well-being pages. Click here to go there now.

The website Thinkuknow provides really good advice for young people about staying safe online and it is organised according to your age. It is well worth a look!

Stay safe!

Mrs S Kieran

Senior Deputy Headteacher/Designated Safeguarding Lead


Download (1)Dear Students

I hope you have found useful the information that has already been sent out about how we propose to organise your virtual learning whilst we are closed. 

However, we are particularly concerned about your mental health and well-being in these troubling times. We know that very many of you seek help, reassurance and guidance from the pastoral team in school and so we want you to know that we are still there for you! 

I’d like to start by reminding you of the Emotional Wellbeing pages in the Student Resources area on our school website. These pages were co-designed with students and signpost other organisations and resources that are available beyond the school gates. Please do go and take a look.

If you were receiving specific support from Mr Scott, Mr Rutter, one of the counsellors (Italia or Maggie) or the Emotional Wellbeing Practitioner, Catherine, they aim to keep in touch with you via email or over the phone whilst school is closed. You should hear from them shortly.

You can also use the email address wellbeing@christs.school and this will be picked up by me and the pastoral support workers.

In addition, as you can imagine, we have received lots of information to pass onto you from other organisations. I have sifted through all this and would like to share with you the items and advice below that I hope you will find useful.

General advice for young people feeling anxious about the virus

The Anna Freud Centre has created dedicated resources to help support you during this period of disruption. You can access these resources here.

The charity Mind also has a wealth of information and advice that you can access here.

The charity YoungMinds says it is important to recognise that the anxiety you may be feeling may come out in different ways for different people. Check out their tips for helping you to cope with anxiety in the face of the virus. 

Childline also has lots of advice here in a section entitled Worries about the World

Headspace is offering free meditations you can listen to any time. These are part of a larger collection in the Headspace app — free for everyone — called Weathering the Storm. It includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help you out, however you’re feeling. 

The NHS website is also offering advice and guidance around mindfulness techniques

Childline also has some relaxation ideas in their Calm Zone

Some ideas for beating the boredom whilst you’re stuck at home

The organisation Parentzone has come up with some ideas about how families can safely entertain themselves at home.

The Anna Freud Centre has lots of ideas about things you can do to keep yourself amused.

I am sure there will be further information, advice and guidance to follow in the coming weeks. I will pass on anything that I feel is especially useful. 

In the meantime, stay safe and make sure you are washing your hands regularly and thoroughly!

Mrs Kieran

Senior Deputy Headteacher/Designated Safeguarding Lead

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