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HWB Family Learning Event : Thursday 16th March

HWB Family Learning Event : Thursday 16th March

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.

Breakfast and Personal Care Items

Breakfast and Personal Care Items

Breakfast Items : 3 for £1

Breakfast items are served in the canteen daily from 8.15am, you can choose three items for £1 from the advertised list and these can vary from day to day.  Other food items are still available at the normal price😊.

 

Personal Care Items

The following items are freely available in all accessible toilets. We have :

  • Sanitary Items
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Moisturiser
  • Hairbrush
  • Tissues
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant

Please take only what you need.

 

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!

https://en-gb.facebook.com/mariesouterbeautytherapy/

 

 

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.

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