Everyone at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls is shocked and saddened by the events at the Manchester Arena and our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved, their families and their friends.
If you want to talk to your child about Monday night’s events, here are some possible suggestions on websites that you can use with your child for emotional resilience and support.
Resources for helping children cope
Advice if you’re upset by the news (Newsround)
Supporting children worried about terrorism (NSPCC)
Responding to children and young people affected by the media coverage of the incident in Manchester (Winston’s Wish – pdf)
Some students have, this week, accessed additional support from one of our school counsellors (from an organisation called Talk, Listen, Change). Talk, Listen, Change are also offering free counselling to any students who have been particularly affected by the tragic events on Monday evening. To contact the service please call 0161 872 1100 or visit www.talklistenchange.org.uk. We have sought advice from the School Nurse Service and can call on them as needed.
Supporting our students is our primary concern, if you have any issues regarding a matter relating to this incident, or if you are concerned and would like to talk to a member of staff, please contact your child’s senior tutor, in the first instance.
We wish all our families a restful half term.
Cardiac Risk in the Young offers Free Heart Test – in memory of Chloe Waddell.
18th March 2017
29th April 2017
Altrincham Methodist Church, Barrington Road, Altrincham, WA141HF
Chloe Waddell was a talented swimmer at Swim Trafford Squad. She
attended Altrincham Grammar School for Girls and lived locally in
Timperley. Unfortunately in February 2013 she died suddenly of an
undiagnosed heart condition. Chloe had many friends through swimming and sport in general.
Many people have been fundraising since Chloe’s death in a memorial fund in Chloe’s name for the charity CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young).
CRY have organised a further two free Heart Screenings with 100 places at each screening for people between the ages of 14-35, following the first successful screening of 100 people in November 2015. They are publicising this to local sports/swimming clubs, local secondary schools and Leisure Centres, in the hope that young people can access this free screening.
Today, Year 12 girls have participated in a healthy lifestyle day. The day was about introducing and promoting positive wellbeing.
There were sessions on mental health from 42nd street charity, sexual health by Trafford sexual health services, drug and alcohol awareness by Phoenix Futures charity, breast cancer awareness from the Prevent Breast Cancer charity in association with John Lewis for bra fitting, as well as a session on healthy eating with demonstrations of easy to prepare nutritious meals by Mrs Clutton. The day ended with first aid sessions including CPR, run by Mrs Galvin.
It was a very worthwhile day for the girls, and they were interested and engaged throughout the sessions.
Most teenage girls will experience emotional ups and downs at some point whilst they are at secondary school.
The pastoral team at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls are here to support all students (this includes your form tutor, senior tutor/assistant senior tutor). We have put together a list of websites that offer advice and information about a range of issues, which might be helpful. The full list and links are available on the school website, under Life at School, Wellbeing and at the back of the homework diary.
At school there are lots of people to help you. They will listen to you and offer you guidance about appropriate support. You can talk to any member of staff at school and in addition school employs a Relate and a 42nd Street counsellor. To make a referral to either of these services you will need to talk to the senior tutor/assistant senior tutor.
Senior Tutor for each year group
Year 7 – Mrs Stokes
Year 8 – Miss Williams
Year 9 – Miss Lloyd
Year 10 – Miss Turnbull
Year 11 – Mrs Anstey
Year 12 – Mrs Clark
Year 13 – Miss Rice
Hannah S had a wonderful opportunity to present the wellbeing pledge which she and Lauren Barclay have been working on to a European audience last week. Hannah attended the Adocare conference which is part of the Action for Teens and European Commission on the 17 & 18th March in Rome. There were representatives from Italy, UK, Spain, Belgium, Finland and Portugal. Lots of countries voiced their interest in taking the pledge to their home countries to use in their Youth Centres to help young people get the best care possible and to understand how they will be dealt with if a problem arises.