Attached letter from Mr Tom Magowan, Acting Head Teacher
Young Minds have teamed up with The Mix and Shout to bring you One Space – a website to help young people aged 13 to 25 find the right support during the coronavirus pandemic.
One Space is a one page of information that includes:
🤝 How to get NHS support
📱 Helpline and text line services
💛 Where to find info on looking after your mental health
Have a look, click the link below and please share with anyone who may find it helpful during this difficult time.
Parent Zone have produced a number of good articles that parents can use to continue to support their child as we move through lockdown.
How to sleep easy during a global pandemic – Click Link
Google and Parent Zone launch more virtual parent sessions – Click Link
10 mental wellbeing apps for the whole family – Click Link
Six fun online activities to boost your child’s digital resilience – Click Link
For those pupils who have applied to study at Inverness College as part of the Friday courses you should now know if you have a place.
It is vital that you reply to the college your intention to either accept or decline the offer. This will be communicated to you either through your school email or text.
When repying to the college email please copy in your Guidance Teacher so we know of your intentions.
Mr Abenheimer – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs da Costa – email@example.com
The British Science Association released survey results recently. It revealed that almost 9 out of 10 young people don’t think scientists are talking to them about COVID-19. The University of Edinburgh want to change this. They are really interested in hearing from you!
The University of Edinburgh TeenCovidLife survey is designed with 12-17 year olds in mind. They will ask about how lockdown is affecting your school and home life. They also want to know how you feel about lockdown and how it’s impacted you.
If you’re interested, click the link below to join TeenCovidLife now:
Assembly from Mrs McGonigal at the end of Creativity/Catch Up week.
Mental Health is something that we in the support department have been very aware of during Lockdown. We have had a lot of conversations with pupils and parents which show that our current situation is affecting all of us in a number of ways. The theme of this years Mental Health Awareness Week is Kindness.
Below are some examples from a wide range of staff from the school. They explain how Lockdown has effected them but also the ways they have been able to be “kind” to themselves.
If you want some inspiration on how you can be kind to yourself and find ideas to support your mental health have a look at the Guidance page on the school website.
Please remember that the support team are ready and willing to support your child with any issues that they may be experiencing. Any difficulties related to school work, low mood, lacking motivation, mental health concerns; anything. Please get in touch with any one of the support team listed below if you want to share or discuss any concerns, or have any questions you would like answered:-
- Mrs Leonie da Costa – Principal Teacher of Guidance – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mr Mark Abenheimer – Principal Teacher of Guidance – email@example.com
- Mrs Lorna Crane – Principal Teacher of Learning Support – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mrs Alison Simon – Learning Support Teacher – email@example.com
- Mr Jared Simpson – Depute Head (Pastoral) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Secondly, could you please remind your child to register each day on the registration google classroom, between 9am and 12pm. Any pupil who fails to register 3 days in a row results in the school having to contact home.
Thirdly, could you please check that the school has your most up to date contact details. This is particularly important during this current crisis so that we can maintain links with pupils and families. If we need to make contact with a family and we cannot because of outdated contact details, we may have to liaise with social work, even the police, to establish contact. So if you have a new landline, mobile phone or email address, it is critical that the school knows this. This message was also emailed to every parent, so if you didn’t receive it, then the school do not have your email.
You can contact the school at email@example.com with any new contact details, but please be sure to give your full name and your son or daughters name also.
Jared Simpson, Depute Head Teacher (acting) – Pastoral
Many of you will be wondering about college decisions. Some of you may of heard about your application and some of you are still waiting.
The Support Team have contacted Inverness College to ask about pupils who are still waiting to hear about their application. They have asked us to pass on that they are still working their way through applications and that you should hear soon if you have been successful.
You should continue to check you email inboxes as well as junk for any emails. Once you have heard please let your Guidance Teacher know.
Here is a fantastic opportunity for pupils of Grantown Grammar School to record their own thoughts and feelings during lockdown as part of a historical archive! (how cool!). On Tuesday 12 May 2020 (tomorrow), they can record a diary entry and contribute to the Mass Observation archives.
Mass Observations are made by ordinary people in communities across time, and aim to allow historians in the future to understand life in the past. Mass Observation data has been collected since 1937 and is a valuable source for historians all around the world.
Follow the link below to access the instructions, and you can be a voice of the past! If you need any help, contact Miss Campbell 🙂