This week our senior phase pupils and S3 pupils who are sitting an SQA exam have received a Wellbeing pack to support them in the coming weeks. The pack includes information on exam stress, a self-care card, revision materials and some goodies.
Good luck to all our young people for the coming weeks!
If any S4-6 pupils were absent and have not collected their pack, please speak with Mrs J Munro (E1-50)
Please find below a link to some resources which have been collated around study support and coping with exam stress.
Exam stress and study support | (glowscotland.org.uk)
There is now a wellbeing space in the library, created by the Mental Health Peer Educators and Wellbeing Suporters as well as the new librarian Mrs. B.M.
This a space anyone can come to relax, learn about Mental Health and Wellbeing or take the opportunity to socialise.
It’s open every lunchtime, feel free to stop in!
If you want to request any resources and activities, please speak to MRS. B. M. or Mrs J Munro.
Starting Next Term there will also be two Mental Health Peer Educators available each lunchtime for you to chat with.
Pupils – if you haven’t done so and have a spare minute or two – please help us out by completing the short Wellbeing Survey:
S1 Social Studies have been learning about the conflict in Ukraine and processing their thoughts. They’ve made posters to express their feelings on the conflict or try to explain what is happening. Here is some of their work from this week.
28th Feb – 6th March 2022 : Eating Disorders Awareness Week
An eating disorder is an unhealthy attitude towards food, which can make you obsessed with your eating patterns. Eating disorders can involve eating too much or too little and using food to manage your feelings. The charity BEAT runs Eating Disorders Awareness Week annually to tackle myths and misunderstanding around eating disorders.
This week the Mental Health Peer Educators / Wellbeing Supporters have been sharing information about what defines an eating disorder, the symptoms, impact, treatment and available support as well as providing tips on health eating.
Our MH Peer Educators have created a display to raise awareness of the importance of listening to support conversations around wellbeing, tips on how to deal with uncertainty and are showcasing some of the work which was produced in our S3 Positive Education and Wellbeing lessons this session with a focus on Anxiety, Self Harm, Depression and Self Care.
This month our Mental Health Peer Educators are busy encouraging our school community to talk about mental health and have been sharing information about the importance of looking after yourself, your emotional growth and how to deal with uncertainty. Eilidh (S6) has created this short video to provide us with tips to look after our own mental health.
Six of our young people have recently completed training to become a Mental Health Peer Educator. For Mental Health Awareness Month (February) they have organised a number of activities to raise awareness of the importance of talking, how to support your mental health and will provide specific information on anxiety, depression, self harm and eating disorders.
Our newly qualified MH peer educators are :
Isabella, Miles, Esme, Ruth and Emma in S3 and Eilidh in S6, and you can identify them by the badge they wear.
These are some of their thoughts on what they undertook in their training and how they can support you in school.
Time to Talk Day is the nation’s biggest mental health conversation and it is Taking place on Thursday 3 February 2022, it’s the day that friends, families, communities, and workplaces come together to talk, listen and change lives.
In school today you will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities which encourage us to start a conversation around mental health and identify how we can support ourselves and others.
The S1 study and organisation class, with Mrs Anderson, have completed a kindness project based learning task to try and create a pandemic of kindness at Alford Academy as part of kindness week. We worked in groups to think of ideas to do with kindness. We also wanted to develop our organising skills and confidence by completing this project.
Our class had a discussion about kindness and what we could do to spread kindness around the school. We had lots of ideas but we picked the best ones and also the ones we could do within the covid regulations. We decided we were going to send staff a positive sticky note and leave it in their pigeon holes. We also left positive sticky notes on random lockers for the pupils. We designed signs to remind people to hold the doors open for each other and also researched and shared kindness tips and quotes in the school bulletin for 2 weeks.
The skills we learned during our kindness pandemic project were as follows:
We used teamwork when we wrote kindness tips for the bulletin. We used our numeracy skills when we counted all of the lockers and pigeon holes. We had to be confident when we asked the headteacher if we could put up our hand signs on the doors. We used our computer skills when using google docs when writing the blog, researching ideas and for making the questionnaire. We all worked creatively when we designed and drew our hand signs. Finally, we communicated with each other throughout the project to complete the work quickly and effectively.
Our questionnaire feedback included some really positive and heart-warming responses. Some examples were that the positive notes made people feel happy, energised, pleased, worthy, chuffed, excited, seen, and part of the team. Some people thought the tips in the bulletin were very helpful as a daily reminder to stay positive, have courage and be kind. One response said this was a nice idea by nice people and another thanked us for organising the project. Reading all the feedback has made us overjoyed and proud of our project.
Remember and always be kind!
S1 Study and Organisation.