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.
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.
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.