As you are aware, wellbeing and mental health are really important to us at Oasis Academy Ryelands. We have created this page as a result of feedback from our parents to give you an overview of what we do at school to support this. From this page, you will be able to access information including:
- Who to seek support from in our academy.
- Other external support you may wish to use for you or your child.
- Information about key events taking place in school.
- Wellbeing newsletters.
In January, we are going to be introducing our new Pupil Wellbeing Champions, who will be chosen by the change team (staff members from every aspect of school life), our well-being ambassadors (these will be pupils from Years 3- 6), our well-being lead (Miss Johnston) and our mental health first aider (Miss Wallace).
If your child is looking for things to do, or you both need a bit of inspiration, have a look at the action calendar, it is full of fun activities, to support your wellbeing and the wellbeing of others around you.
Childline’s website has a useful ‘calm down’ zone, with activities which aim to help children feel better when they are feeling anxious, scared or sad. The ideas include breathing exercises, a ‘let it go’ box and creating a ‘sense drawer’. https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calm-zone/
A Million and Me
As part of BBC Children In Need's national programme around children and young people's mental health, we're developing support for parents and carers of 8 to 13 year olds. Look at this website for more information: https://youngminds.org.uk/youngminds-professionals/our-projects/a-million-and-me/
This website gives tips to parents to help their child with transition to secondary school:
Be Your Best
Supporting the family to eat better and move more. https://www.bybsurrey.org/resources-for-parents/other-health-topics
Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
This website provides a range of resources including podcasts and top tips to guide parents in understanding and managing mental health problems
Since the start of the Coronavirus crisis, the Anna Freud Centre has been contributing to the support being provided by BBC Bitesize. Their experts have written six articles for parents and carers, which you can read by clicking on the following links - and there's lots more support on offer on the BBC Bitesize website.
'Exams cancelled, no prom: Six ways to help children cope with lockdown loss' by Sheila Redfern
'Five ways to manage your wellbeing as a parent during lockdown’ by Peter Fuggle and Yvonne Millar
‘How to juggle your responsibilities as a parent at home’ by Nicola Labuschagne
‘Six ways to support your children as lockdown eases’ by Cyra Neave
‘What if lockdown has been a relief for my family?’ by Laura Talbot
Do also listen to the podcast, ‘How to tackle lockdown emotions with Dr Sheila Redfern’, which was broadcast as part of the Bitesize Secondary Parents Survival Guide.