Friday 17th May 2019

Good Afternoon,

As I am sure many of you know this week is “Mental Health Awareness Week” and the focus of my Parent Focus Group on Wednesday was mental health awareness in schools.  We were fortunate enough to be able to welcome a counsellor from Hampshire Inclusion to the meeting who was able to give us an insight to the local support available for young people struggling with their mental health. We were also given some top tips for supporting our young people.

  1. Look after yourself (we need to be feeling well and resilient to help our children).
  2. Role model the behaviours we want them to learn (talking about how we have dealt with stressful situations or setbacks can help them build their own skills).
  3. Try to make yourself available for them to chat to and build in family time (however much they might not appear to want to spend time with the family, it gives security and builds their wellbeing).
  4. If they have a problem, try to just hear it out, and listen, we do not have to have an answer to every problem, some things they just want to be heard.
  5. Reframe situations to give a different interpretation.
  6. Perhaps ask about the three best things that have happened today to find the positives.

There are lots of local and national services available to support young people and their families and I will add the links on our website over the next few weeks.

Please see a useful link below which covers lots of information from mental health organisations to money matters in the Hampshire area.

Connect to Support Hampshire

I would also like to thank Mrs Clark, our Student Support Services Assistant for her contribution to the meeting.

Today Mrs Holmes has accompanied a group of Year 10 students to the British Library in London, the foremost academic library in the UK. Our students participated in a workshop led by the library researchers to learn the secrets of independent research and critical thinking. Students learned the importance of being, rigorous, sceptical and open-minded in their research. Such skills will be highly valuable to them, not just for success at GCSE, but for academic study beyond school at college and university. These students will now develop their skills further by completing an independent research project of their own. I am looking forward to seeing the results of their investigations, and I must admit I was disappointed not to be able to join the students today, it looks fantastic.

Year 11

Exams have started well this week, the students have been mature, composed and focussed and they have fed back that they feel they are doing well. I am very proud of how they are approaching this challenge and it is a mark of their character that they are doing so well.

Please remember we have an INSET day next Friday.

I wish you a restful weekend.

Mrs Pearce


Year Group Assemblies and News

Year 7 Mr Duffy

The Year 7 assembly this week focussed on taking responsibility, and in particular how we are responsible for the results of our actions, even if they are unintended. We also considered how others perceive our actions, if someone considers something offensive then it is.

During Tutor time students took a closer look at their report cards which they brought home before Parents’ Evening last week, considering the subjects that are going well and the subjects that need some more attention. The students have been challenged to think about the reasons for this and to think of ways that they can improve. We have also considered the effort of students in lessons and the huge importance this has on their learning.

An increased number of Year 7 students have been chewing gum, please can I ask you to remind your children that they should not have chewing gum in school. Thank you

Year 8 Mr Crees

Year 8 looked at honesty and truth in assembly this week. Students want to view themselves as honest and truthful as these are both admirable qualities to have. Sometimes this can be misplaced for lying in order to protect other people.

Year 9 Miss Buckland

Year 9 had an assembly this week emphasising the fact that GCSEs are just around the corner and that they need to be making positive choices to help them prepare for the next two years.

Year 10 Mr Coomber

The focus of this week’s assembly was Mental Health and Wellbeing.  The purpose was to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week and to advocate that what is "normal" for some is difficult for others.

Students should have received paperwork in relation to their work experience - please ensure that these are read, signed and returned.  Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any questions relating to work experience.

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