Covid-19 Advice

Dear Students

As we look forward to half term and a well deserved break I wanted to reflect on the last 6 weeks and the possibility of further weeks at home whilst the national lockdown continues. 

You have done remarkably well staying engaged with your work and continuing your school day routine. However, we are just as 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 have been sending weekly reminders to your school email signposting where you can get external support and who you can talk to in school.

I’d like to remind 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. Covid-19 Advice - The Christ's School - Richmond

Mr Scott, Mr Rutter, our school counsellors and pastoral workers continue to offer their support, they aim to keep in touch with you via email or over the phone whilst the school is closed. If you feel you would like more support please do not hesitate to contact them directly. 

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, we continue to receive lots of information to pass onto you from other organisations. Here are some that I would like to share with you that contain advice that I hope you will find useful.

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

In the meantime, stay safe have a restful half term and please contact us if you need any support

Mr Morris

Deputy Headteacher/Designated Safeguarding Lead


Dear Students

I hope you are keeping safe and well. It is a long message but PLEASE DO READ!

As we have started our third lockdown and the second time schools are closed, this situation is certainly not new to us. Our online lessons are now almost all live and so far your engagement has been excellent. It is so important that you stick to a strict daily routine and ensure you are logged on ready to go at the start of each lesson.

Whilst teaching and learning is a priority, we are however particularly concerned about your mental health and well-being in these challenging 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! 

Please never hesitate to contact a teacher you trust, your tutor, your Head of Year, your Pastoral Worker or any member of the Senior team. They are all here to listen and help support you even if it is in a virtual format. 

If you were receiving specific support from Mr Scott, Mr Rutter, they aim to keep in touch with you via email or over the phone whilst school is closed. You should hear from them shortly. Our counsellors (Matt or Maggie) will still be available in school or if you prefer can contact online or phone.

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. 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. 

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.

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-appropriate 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.

  1. 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!

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

  3. 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. There website is excellent.

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

Finally some key numbers of organisations that could be useful:

  • Childline 0800 1111

  • Off the record 0208 7441644

  • Hopeline 0800 068 4141

  • Samaritans 116 123

  • Text Shout- text service 85358

Other Useful Links

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. 

Stay safe! If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact your Tutor, Head of Year, Pastoral support worker or me.

Mr Morris

Deputy Headteacher/Designated Safeguarding Lead

 

 

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