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S6 Horizons programme

S6 Horizons programme

Yesterday, Tuesday 29th November, S6 pupils worked with representatives from the fire and rescue service where a hard-hitting presentation was given in efforts to raise awareness and encourage discussion on the consequences of dangerous driving.

The New Driver Early Intervention Scheme is aimed at encouraging safe driving practices amongst new and learner drivers. The scheme will target drivers between 17-25 years of age, who are statistically more likely to be involved in a collision.

Thank you to Julie and Russell from the fire service who gave their time to support our pupils.

Staff Health and Wellbeing

Staff Health and Wellbeing

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!

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MH Peer Educators : Peer Coaching Session Three

MH Peer Educators : Peer Coaching Session Three

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.

Anti-Bullying week

Anti-Bullying week

As part of anti-bullying week, and our ongoing work promoting our school value of Kindness, in PSE our S2 have started preparations for their anti-bullying project, which will run until Christmas. We look forward to hearing their views, seeing excellent group work and the final product will be beautiful displays to share with our school community.  We are always here to listen, please just reach out.

MH PEER EDUCATORS : PEER COACHING SESSION TWO

MH PEER EDUCATORS : PEER COACHING SESSION TWO

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.

MH Peer Educators : Peer Coaching Session One

MH Peer Educators : Peer Coaching Session One

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.

 

World Mental Health Day : Monday 10th October 2022

World Mental Health Day : Monday 10th October 2022

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.

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