Supporting Pupils’ Emotional Wellbeing

Dear Parents/Carers

I hope this message finds you and your family keeping well during these uncertain times.

As a school we are striving to do all we can to best support you and your child(ren) during the current COVID-19 situation. Weekly schedules, Google Classroom, St Columbkille mass streams and fun activities like guess the teacher and upcoming TikTok video are in place to try to ensure we continue our strong community of learning and faith.

Last week I issued a survey to our pupils through their Google Classroom accounts to check in with them to see how they were getting on with their work but more importantly, how they are feeling.

We have incredibly resilient pupils at St Columbkilles but it is to be expected that everyone, including ourselves, will be feeling the effects of being in lockdown and out of our daily routines. In general, our pupils have fed back to us that they are feeling sad because they miss their friends, teachers and school but are doing ok given then circumstances. This is a natural and understandable way to be feeling during this time.

The emotional wellbeing of our pupils is of paramount importance to us at St Columbkilles where we have a robust health and wellbeing intervention programme.

Below, you will find a range of resources that you can use to help support your child at home:

https://www.actionforhappiness.org/

https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/er/healthierminds/

https://www.annafreud.org/selfcare/

Self-care is about the things we can do to look after our own mental health. Young people told us that when they are struggling they are usually told to see a professional.

https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/supporting-your-child-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/

Supporting Your Child During The Coronavirus Pandemic Tips, advice and where to get support for your child’s mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
youngminds.org.uk

https://www.headspace.com/meditation

https://beaconhouse.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Brainstem-CalmerActivities.pdf

Social stories on Covid-19 and school closures https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/er/healthierminds/

Our aim is to help you find the information you need to develop children and young people’s talents and abilities in a way that will support them to meet life’s common challenges, develop their resilience, and have healthier minds as a result.
blogs.glowscotland.org.uk

Visual from NHS to help parents when explaining Covid-19 to children https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/sites/default/files/2020-03/covid19_childfriendly_poster_cc_march2020.pdf

British Psychological Society general advice on talking to your child about Covid-19  https://www.bps.org.uk/sites/www.bps.org.uk/files/Policy/Policy%20%20Files/Talking%20to%20children%20about%20coronavirus.pdf

Additional support materials can be found on our website https://stcolumbkilles.wordpress.com/additional-support-materials/.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to submit your these using our parental form: https://forms.gle/8vAZhK7UtFynfXMM7

Yours sincerely

Chris Wedlock
Principal Teacher
St Columbkille’s Primary School

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