It is #Hello Yellow Day today and pupils have been accessorising their uniform with yellow as well as visiting the resilience road show to encourage us all to be aware of and discuss our mental health. This is even more pertinent at the moment and an important part of the continuation work from our recent wellbeing award.
Thank you to those of you who have viewed and taken part in our remote Parent Information Advice and Guidance Sessions over recent weeks. I hope that you have found them useful and informative.
As you may be aware from messages this week, there have been some issues with WisePay. Please be reassured that young people will be able to buy food if you have been unable to top-up cards and we will deduct the cost of this from their cards when things are back up and running. We have been advised to pass on the message that anybody who made transactions on WisePay from 1st October should be vigilant of any unexpected activity in their bank accounts. We now have further information and will be making contact with anyone potentially affected as soon as we are able.
Please remind young people to wear their coats as the weather is now getting more regularly wetter and colder and continue to encourage young people to wear face coverings in indoor communal areas.
A BIG ‘THANK YOU’ FROM RDA
‘Riding for the Disabled’, our school charity for 2019-20, have sent in a letter of thanks following our fundraising of £1418 for the charity. Considering that school closure occurred during Charity Week in March, this is a considerable amount to have raised for a local division of RDA and, as stated in the letter, it will make a significant contribution to their provision.
Huish Athlete goes for Gold
Just over a week ago Year 9 student Alannah Heneghan smashed her PB to jump 1.63m in high jump, she then went on to win gold in the U15G category at the Mark Cawte Open Competition in Swindon. To put this into perspective Alannah can now jump over the height of Mrs Place! Alannah is now ranked 3rd in the country. Alannah has been training in her garage during lockdown as she was unable to access Bath Uni where she usually trains, Alannah was jumping 1.45m at the start of the summer season, so this shows how hard work and commitment to training can pay off.
Watch this space as Alannah is only 13 and has another year left in this age category.
Well done Alannah!
A Very Wet Expedition!
On Saturday 3rd Oct 2020 74 year 10 pupils donned their wet weather gear and rucksacks for the start of the Duke of Edinburgh Expedition, an adventure that they wouldn’t forget! There was a lot more rain over both days than expected and even waterproofs where starting to become over saturated, but everyone made it to the finish.
A massive WELL DONE for all the hard work, determination and resilience that you all put in over the weekend. You were a great example of the what the Duke Of Edinburgh Award means!
Hello Yellow Day
Friday 9th October was Hello Yellow Day and Hardenhuish students were able to support this event if they chose by wearing a yellow accessory (KS3 / KS4) or as much yellow as they like in sixth form. We ran a photo booth during lunchtimes this week with each year group, and are excited to share some of these photos with you in next week’s Headlines edition!
Hello Yellow is organised by the charity Young Minds which supports mental health in young people. In the build up to this event students have been given guidance regarding mental health and signposted to a variety of places they can go to find information about where they can find advice if they are struggling. This included people they could speak to in school as well as external online and phone support. Students have also been shown the NHS ‘Mind Plan’ where you can find strategies to support mental health that are more personalised (https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/your-mind-plan-quiz/). Taking steps to look after wellbeing can help people deal with pressure, and reduce the impact that stress has on someone’s daily life. This is sometimes called developing emotional resilience, which is our chosen theme for this years Hello Yellow Day. Resilience is not just the ability to bounce back, but also the capacity to adapt in the face of challenging circumstances, whilst maintaining a stable mental wellbeing. We have encouraged students to understand that it isn’t a personality trait – but something that we can all take steps to achieve. With today’s world seeming like an ever changing situation it can easy to feel overwhelmed; and by helping our pupils develop emotional resilience we hope to help them cope with any challenges ahead.