In the current climate, the priority is our students’ health, both physical and mental. For most of our children this could be the first time they have felt unsafe and that can cause anxiety and stress that they have no reference point for.
For others students who have had difficulties in their lives to date, their past anxieties could come flooding back. Either way we know there will be an increase in the amount of support they need both now and going forward.
The pastoral team have been keeping in regular touch with some families during the lockdown to ensure that their children still have contact with their in-school support whether this be to support with work or to say well done.
There are three important messages for the children to remember:
1. This will pass, and normality will resume. They will see their friends again, they will get back to their sports and hobbies, and it probably won’t change their lives and futures in the long-term.
2. It is not their responsibility to fix this, they are being asked to play their part – but it’s the Government, scientists and adults who can do the worrying. Try to relax.
3. Every change brings opportunities. Use this time to think about what and who are important to you.
- What is it you want to stop doing?
- What you want to start doing?
- What do you want to do more of?
And when this is all over and school reopens, any student who needs support will get support from our teachers and the pastoral team.
Further resources you may find helpful are:
Websites for information
Websites for support
Samaritans: 116 123
Childline: 0800 1111
Police: 101 or 999 for emergencies