On Thursday 16th March we hosted a health and wellbeing family learning event with a focus on supporting our S3-6 young people as they prepare for their SQA exams. Our S3 and S4 MH peer educators shared some information about their role in school and how support can be accessed and then led the groups around four workshops with a focus on :
Resilient thinking skills and strength spotting
Healthy food choices and brain boosting snacks
The importance of sleep and anxiety management
Nutrition and exercise to help your wellbeing
We welcomed the following providers and they delivered their information in a varied and informative manner.
A Shearer – Full Colour Coaching
D Tuckwood and F Burnett – Public Health Team / NHS
T Stoddard – Trainee School Nurse / NHS
Lyndsay Van Der Starre – ElevateUfitness
We will share information from the workshops with you digitally, please look out for an email with the link to the resources.
Tickets will be on sale on Monday lunchtime from 1.35pm in D069
We have a range of new and pre-loved formal wear items available in school for you to borrow at no cost. These will be available for all pupils during ticket sales this week, if you would like a chance to view the items in a more private environment then please make contact with Mrs J Munro or Mrs L Taylor and this will be arranged
Items will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and should be returned to Mrs J Munro by close of school on Thursday 22nd December, we are happy to wash items upon their return.
We have a number of jackets in our lost property. If you have lost a jacket recently then please access the attached link below to review the images and contact Jo Munro (email@example.com) to have it returned to you.
All items left in school by Wednesday 7th December will be donated to our preloved winter jacket resource. Lost Property – Winter Jackets Nov 2022
We have pre-loved winter jackets available for any person who requires them, please take what you need from the selection in our main entrance.
Today we welcomed Marie from Marie Souter Beauty Therapy to Alford Academy to provide some wellbeing treatments for staff. Staff had the choice of the following treatments: Smooth and Hydrate Facial, Scalp Massage and Hand and Arm Massage. Thank you, Marie, for donating your time and expertise, we will welcome you back any time!
Today we undertook our final session of the peer coaching programme. We focused on exploring the GROW coaching framework to support us to deliver a structured coaching conversation. We worked in pairs or trios to practice our coaching skills and are beginning to feel more confident in delivering our coaching questions.
We learned about emotional intelligence, our anxious brain and thinking traps identifying some strategies that may be helpful to overcome these e.g. calm breathing techniques, re-framing thoughts, catch it – check it – change it and the miracle question. We practiced how to use problem talk to identify what challenges the individual might be facing and how they feel and used solution talk to help identify how they may be able to move forward and overcome the challenge.
We used our character strengths cards to identify what our signature strengths are and practiced how we could use these cards when working with a peer, with a focus on how they could use their strengths to find a way to deal with the identified challenge. A huge thank you to Angie Shearer from Full Colour Coaching, we are looking forward to trying out our new skills with our peers in our role as Mental Health Peer Educators in the coming weeks.
Today we undertook session two of the peer coaching programme. We focused on identifying questions that we could use in our coaching conversations and played ‘coaching pong’, working together to suggest improvements to the questions we had devised.
We completed our wellbeing wheel and then used our coaching skills of listening, summarisation and reflection to support each other to identify ways to coach a peer. It provided us with the opportunity to practice our coaching questions in a ‘real life’ scenario.
We are looking forward to participating in our final session on Monday 21st November.
On Friday 11th November we welcomed Angie Shearer from Full Colour Coaching (www.fullcolourcoach.com) into school to deliver session one of her peer coaching programme to our S4 Mental Health Peer Educators. We focused on identifying what the difference is between a coach and a mentor, practised our communication and listening skills, identified directive and non-directive guidance, identified qualities required for a coach and role-played a range of scenarios to practice our coaching skills. We are looking forward to participating in sessions two and three over the next two weeks.
Today is World Mental Health Day and staff took the opportunity to wear yellow in school today to raise awareness of this and to demonstrate support for our young people’s mental health. We wanted to show young people that how they feel matters. We are supporting this cause to work towards creating a future where all young people get the mental health support they need.
Later in the week our Mental Health Peer Educators will be sharing information to all our pupils about how to access support both in and out of school and will present some information in CLAN and SDA classes to highlight a variety of support resources that young people can access.