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Aylesford School and Sixth Form College

Aylesford School and Sixth Form College

Secondary Zone

Year 10

 

WELCOME TO YOUR AREA OF THE WEBSITE! 

April 2021

Notices for the month: 

Happy Spring, everyone!

Well done to year 10 as they have completed their first stint back in school after the latest Lockdown. We had some super feedback in the Track Point data collection with astounding effort grades for many pupils, reflecting commitment to learning both at home and school. 

When we return after the Easter break we will be working hard to get back to as normal as possible. We will be reintroducing more regular uniform checks and imposing sanctions on pupils who do not adhere to the school uniform policy. We expect homework completion to gather speed as we hurtle towards Year 11, and encourage excellent attendance from all pupils in the year group. 

If and when pupils find accessing school ife tricky, please get in touch straight away so we can work together to sort things out. 

I am compelled to mention BIKE HELMETS. So many pupils ride to school without a helmet. Many report that it is peer pressure which stops them from wearing one but this could result in a serious incident. Please wear your helmets and cycle safely to and from school. 

Hopefully there will be some sunshine over the break, and we can all enjoy the outdoors. 

Mrs Reeves 

 

Links for parents and carers:

- I have posted some safety cards in the links at the bottom which may help you to support your child in staying safe online. 

- I would encourage you to sign up to the Parenting Project  (parentingproject.org) newsletter which they publish monthly with super and up to date tips on parenting  

- If you are concerned about drug, alcohol or substance misuse, I have posted the COMPASS newsletter to the bottom of this webpage. 

- If you are suffering hardship, please check out the leaflet at the bottom of this page. You could also look at 01926 359182 or 0800 408 1448   www.warwickshire.gov.uk/localwelfarescheme   

- For information about wider support from the council and other services, please go to:   

www.warwickshire.gov.uk/facinghardship    

- I would like to share this website with you - childbereavementuk.org - it has some very useful and sensitive ideas for supporting young people through bereavement. 

- I have also attached the Warwickshire School Health newsletter - there are some brilliant links for mental health support on it.  You can also get in touch via ChatHealth for parents and carers: If you are the parent or carer of a child in school, you can text a school nurse on 07520 619 376 Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. ChatHealth for young people: If you are 11 to 19 years old you can text a school nurse on 07507 331 525 Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.You can message outside these times, but you will get a reply during opening hours. All chats are confidential. You can message for advice on all kinds of health issues, including general health, child development, behaviour, toileting advice, emotional wellbeing, sexual health, bullying and healthy eating. 

- Mermaids supports transgender, nonbinary and gender-diverse children and young people until their 20th birthday, as well as their families and professionals involved in their care. Transgender, nonbinary and gender-diverse children and teens need support and understanding, as well as the freedom to explore their gender identity. Whatever the outcome, Mermaids is committed to helping families navigate the challenges they may face Homepage - Mermaids (mermaidsuk.org.uk)

- FREE BOOKS! Check out the website below for access to free reading material:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-55692137

 

Young people, parents and carers - 

Check out this app if you are experiencing anxiety through Covid-19 ThinkNinja - Child Wellbeing (healios.org.uk) As a direct response to the COVID-19 crisis the ThinkNinja app has been updated with specific COVID-19 content.  This will bring self-help knowledge and skills to children and young people (10-18 years old) who may be experiencing increased anxiety and stress during the crisis.
The new COVID-19 content provides an opportunity to understand everything from fears relating to the virus through to mental strength and coping techniques.  

 

Keep checking for updates on Y10 Twitter; the school website and on Satchel:one

Meet the Year 10 team 

Mrs Wilson (10WLS)   

Mrs Sahota (10SAH) I am a Maths teacher at Aylesford School.  I have 2 daughters aged 15 years and 10 years.  In my spare time I enjoy travelling, walking and football.

Mrs Robbins (10RBB) I am a teacher of Science and have been at Aylesford for over 15 years. It's the best school I have ever worked in! I  love practical lessons (especially ones with Bunsen burners!)

Mr Sigmundsson (10SGM) I teach Maths at Aylesford. I believe that I am the only Icelandic Maths teacher in the whole of the UK. I have been in your country for 10 years and absolutely love it.  I my spare time I enjoy long distance running, reading books and playing the piano.

Miss Dubrava (10DBR)

Resources for you, your parents and carers:

(There are also a number of links at the bottom of the webpage) 

parentingproject.org.uk

The Parenting project can offer Parent Mentors, to support you. 

A Parent Mentor is a volunteer who meets with families to

provide friendly, informal support, encouragement and guidance.

This is most useful for parents who are overcoming difficult or challenging times.

For  Parents/Carers, the parenting project also supports:

· Your wellbeing – Loneliness, Isolation, low mood.

· Self-esteem and confidence

· Parenting

· Illness and disability

· Understanding and managing their child’s mental health.  

· School refusal

· Family Relationship

· Moving on

As a whole family they offer:

Restorative meetings to support when relationships break down

Learning Together, helping adults support learning and playing together

Their work with children includes:

· Self Esteem

· Managing Feelings, particularly anger and anxiety.

· Low level mental health, including Self Harm

· School attendance and transition

· Food and diet.

· Social skills

They work from 0 to 19 years, (25 for SEND)

The Family Information Service (FIS) provides information, advice and one-to-one support for families with children and young people aged 0 to 25 across Warwickshire.

https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fis

It is as important to look after your mental health as it is to look after your physical health. For guidance on ways to keep it in good shape visit the NHS page, Every Mind Matters.

 https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

If you are struggling with mental health issues then the Time To Change website is a good place to find out ways to get help and support.

https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/mental-health-and-stigma/help-and-support

Apps that might help you are: 

Mindshift - designed specifically for teens and young adults

Happify - fast track to a good mood.  Engaging games, gratitude prompts, training your brain to overcome negative thoughts.

Calm - linked to Calm Harm (the self harming tool) but Calm provides guided meditations, sleep stories, breathing programmes and relaxing music.

Smiling mind - helps you to de stress and stay calm

Superbetter - builds personal resilience 

Forest - this is a simple game that rewards you for not using your phones!  You plant a seed in the ground.  Within 30 minutes, the seed can grow into a tree but if you exit the app the tree dies.  While the tree grows the app displays messages like 'Put me down!' or 'Leave me alone!' it keeps track of how long you have waited for each tree to grow.

Stop, Breathe and Think Kids - this can help you to de-stress and get in touch with your thoughts and feelings. You select words and images that illustrate your state of mind then the app gives you a list of appropriate exercises to do.  

If you are a student and want to talk to someone outside of school about a problem:

https://www.childline.org.uk Childline 0800 1111

https://www.safeline.org.uk Safeline for Young People  0808 800 5007

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk

https://www.relate.org.uk/relationship-help/help-children-and-young-people

https://www.mind.org.uk MIND 0300-123-3393

If you are having harmful thoughts, try the apps: 

Calm Harm and Stay Alive: both are free and packed full of distraction strategies to help resist urges to self harm.  Plus, Calm Harm helps you to ride the wave until the urge fades through not just distraction activities but activities to provide: comfort, release of emotions, breathing and expressing self.  There is also a GET HELP quick button which directs you to contacts such as: Childline, Young Minds or Papyrus' Hope line.

Children and Young Person Advice Helpline number to support crisis intervention and prevent mental health crisis:

'Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust (CWPT) want to support you during the difficult times we are facing due to the Covid 19 situation. To do this we have developed a 24 hour 7 day a week telephone Advice Helpline run by qualified mental health clinicians to be there for you to contact when you need.  We know that the feelings you may be experiencing at such difficult times are frightening and can make you feel that your emotional wellbeing is in crisis.  We know that these emotions can lead to a mental health crisis which often means that you no longer feel able to cope or be in control of your situation. You may feel great emotional distress or anxiety, cannot cope with day-to-day life, intense sadness and may be thinking about suicide or self-harm or experiencing thought disorientation that can feel like hallucinations or hearing voices.

We want to be there for you to support and give advice, to work with you to feel more able to be in control of your emotions and manage the distress you are feeling together with you.

 Children and Young Peoples Specialist Mental Health service in CWPT have with the current crisis team worked together to develop a CYP response  that will allow us to support you 24 hours 7 days a week and where needed continue to support you within the Rise Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing service directly for CYP.

Contact details

If you are calling between the hours of 8am and 8 pm please call Childrens Crisis Team at Whitestone on:

02476 641799

If you are calling between the hours of 8pm and 8 am please call Coventry Crisis team Crisis team:

02476 938000

 

TWITTER

@2022Aylesford is the Year 10 Twitter feed. 

Guidance was sent out to you all about how to safely access this. I have also attached this at the bottom of this page.