Summer Term Reading Challenges!
To support and encourage reading at home, please find below electronic copies of our reading challenges. These are optional activities that you can do at home to enjoy a range of texts. Any completed challenges should be returned to Mrs North by email: email@example.com
Calling all Y11 students!
Minster FM are holding a virtual Prom from 7pm-11pm on Thursday 11th June for Y11 students from across the city. Why not get dressed up and hold a zoom party with your friends? The station will play your requests and do 'shout outs' to your classmates.
York Mind - Information for YHS Parents
Please see an update on what’s available at York Mind for young people currently below:
Firstly, any young person in the York area aged between 11-21 who is struggling with their mental health can text 07483167931 to arrange speaking to MIND around their mental health. They will get a text back within 48 hours to either arrange a phone call or a text conversation depending on their preference. If the young person wants to, they can then refer into either 1-1 or group support.
There are Creative Writing, Wellbeing Toolkit, and Mindfulness groups available on Zoom for 11-15 year olds and 16-21 year olds. The new rounds of these groups start from mid June. Referrals are open now. MIND would like to make these groups accessible to a wide range of young people. Please use the link below if you think your son or daughter would benefit from this as soon as possible.
MIND also have available spaces for one-to-one mentoring clients aged 11-18, as well as a Young People’s Counselling service for 16-25 year olds.
Referrals can be made here: https://www.yorkmind.org.uk/how-we-help/refer/ or via the phone number above. They can also be made by email. If you have any questions, please get in contact. More information about all of the above is available below.
Creative Writing Online Video Group
The 16-21 group will run on Mondays from 4.30-5.30pm, starting from Monday 15th June. The 11-15 group will run on Tuesdays 4.30-5.30pm, starting on Tuesday 16th June. These groups are suitable for both absolute beginners, and experienced writers. They are a chance to have a go at writing, and to explore its use as a way of expressing and coping with emotions.
Emotional Wellbeing Toolkits Online Video Group
The 16-21 group will run on Thursdays from 4.30-5.30pm, starting from Thursday 25th June. The 11-15 group will run on Fridays 4.30-5.30pm, starting on Friday 26th June. In these groups young people explore techniques for managing anxiety and low mood that can be created to be used within the home.
Mindfulness Online Video Group
There will be a 16-21 Mindfulness group, running on Thursdays from 4.30-5.30pm, starting from Thursday 25th June. In these groups young people will learn skills around being present in the moment and aware of your own emotional processes, which can be used to help promote a positive state of mind.
Young People aged 11-18 can refer in to receive mentoring support over the phone. You will have up to six sessions, either weekly or fortnightly. Each session will be with the same mentor, allowing the building of a trusting relationship. Mentors support young people to set goals to improve wellbeing, and to identify coping strategies that work for them. Mentors will focus both on mental health, and the young person’s passions and interests.
Young People’s Counselling
Young People’s Counselling are currently accepting referrals for 16-25. For more information around the service, and the criteria for referral, please click here https://www.yorkmind.org.uk/how-we-help/young-peoples-service/counselling-age-16-25/
Mental Health Awareness week 2020
In response to the impact Coronavirus has had on young people’s mental health, the theme for this year's Mental Health Awareness week is kindness.
The benefits of kindness:
- significantly improves our physical and emotional wellbeing - whether we are giving or receiving it.
- acts of kindness help your immune system, reduces stress, gives you energy and are good for your heart
- The power of being kind goes even further, it has been proven to slow ageing, improve relationships and it's contagious
- Click on the following link to learn about the benefits of kindness on our mental health: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/52557800
- For more ideas on coronavirus specific random acts of kindness click on the following link: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus/random-acts-kindness
The Mental Health Foundation have published a short video for Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 on YouTube explaining the theme and more about acts of kindness: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qcyc68d6OAk
You may find it useful to work through the Helpful workbook, you can use these to track your mood, work out a personal wellbeing plan, complete with strategies, goals activities, log the things you enjoy and people you can talk to. There are mindfulness tips, ideas on relaxation and exercise, tips on taking a break from studying, positive affirmation and much more.
Please check your school email accounts (including junk folders) for messages from college. If you still haven’t heard about your place; don’t panic, there is still time.
Also, a few students have asked if they can change their course/apply for something else. The answer is YES, you can apply for more than one option.
If you have any questions at all, please email Mrs Callan – firstname.lastname@example.org
It is so important that you keep working whist we are not at school so here is a message from all of us to all of you.
We are so proud of you!
To all Our Students,
It’s been 6 weeks and 4 school weeks since we have seen you. We want you to know how much we miss you in school. Please watch the video and know that we can’t wait to see you all again.
Letter to all Year 11 Students about GCSE's
Here is the link to the letter to all Year 11 students
* Emails *
Instructions for how to access pupil email from home - Office 365 pupil email guide
Confidential Online Counselling
Feeling anxious, isolated,worried?
Click here for information about our confidential online counselling service
Here's some information on GCSE Pod and how to get started on it: