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 email@example.com 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!
Senior Deputy Headteacher/Designated Safeguarding Lead