Memories Book – something positive out of the negative
We are putting together a ‘momento’ of these strange times to celebrate the resilience of the school as a family and the amazing on-going achievements of our students. If you have a photo, letter or anything else that you feel you would like to have included please send it to me. This awful outbreak we hope is a ‘once in a generation’ event and we feel that once we are through it each child should have something to keep; to show their children one day about a strange moment in history, that they had to be brave enough to get through. Whilst the book will have a positive feel it will also include a remembrance page of the lives lost statistics and a remembrance poem, as we feel that these should never be forgotten. We will be having the items put together as a professional printed photo book for each student with the school motto ‘Perseverance and Resilience’ as the title. Pictures could be of things you’ve been doing as a family at home, crafts you’ve made, a picture of you opening your activity box (like the one above), a picture of your street clapping for NHS workers, a picture of a student on Zoom, a card made for an elderly relative – anything you feel sums up the spirit of your family and your young person! Please send items directly to me as jpegs to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to those parents who have written emails or letters to Surrey and Hampshire LEAs, Ofsted and to ourselves, to say how well supported parents feel and to emphasise that the school is open in two formats; physically and via a comprehensive online offer. This is really helpful for the school in both confirming the offer we have sent out to the LEAs and also countering any suggestions of fee reductions, which could jeopardise the future of the setting.
Our offer is currently:
· We are OPEN every day for families who wish to attend, with hot soup and pasta available for any student who wants it - The goevrnment advice however remains that students with an EHCP who have been risk assessed as safe to stay at home should do so. The school feels and looks very different due to the use of PPE and social distancing.
· Real-time virtual google classrooms every day with a teacher responsind in real time
· 1:1 Zoom or phone tuition for students who find the google classrooms difficult
· Uno and Scrabble online game rooms 2 x per week
· Zoom parent support group each Thursday
· Student Zoom SFC groups each week on Fridays
· Well-being phone calls 3 x per week (M,W,F)
· AQA certificates & Careers advice ; support calls 1 x pw as needed, just let Sarah know
· Clinical psychology via zoom (M/F)
· Activity box delivered fortnightly by the Director of Admissions or The Chair of Governors
· Fruit and veg box delivered weekly for this half term thanks to an arrangement with an associated farm
· Home visits for families who need it
· Free School Meal entitlements delivered or grants put in place by the school
· Zoom club sessions for students (book clubs, knit and natter, German, Italian, film club)
· Work opportunities for siblings who are struggling with their current school’s offer
· H.T mobile number, staff emails and contacts so you can get in touch when you need to
· GCSE Art and English additional activities on the school website – all work is marked, including if it comes from siblings
· School Ipads delivered on loan to students who don’t have access otherwise
· NEW mums and dads Zoom book club being organised – school is purchasing the books to support this club
· NEW meditation classes for parents starting on Zoom to help reduce family anxiety
SOURCES OF HELP
These services are not associated with us. We are not responsible for the quality of service they provide, we are recommending them based on the positive experiences of some young people known to us. By inclusion in this list nor are we suggesting that we are in any way affiliated with these servcies.
ANXIETY UK - Support, online counselling, magazine, advice
Text line: 07537416905
Info line: 03444775774
A magazine packed full of useful articles around not just ASD, but the mental health aspects associated with it - fascinating reading and lots of signalling to specialist support.
Website provides support for young people, professionals and parents. Young people who feel they are having a mental health crisis can get instant emergency support by texting YM to 85258
OCD UK - advice, online counselling, support and magazine. Dedicated youth services.
PAPYRUS - suicide prevention young people's hotline 0800 068 41 41
An eating disorder support service - smaller than some of the bigger associations, but specifically aimed at young people.