I know it has been a long time since you were last at school. Things have changed slightly since you were last here. The new systems and routines will be clearly explained by your tutor. Do not worry if you are feeling nervous or anxious, as this is totally normal.
Relaxation tips to help Anxieties
You will be spending plenty of time with your tutor over the next few weeks. There will be lots of opportunities to ask questions and talk about any worries that you may have.
Please do not hold in your worries or questions, we are here to help and support you.
We are looking forward to seeing you all back at Oakfield again.
You are still able to email your Head of Year or S and G if you feel you need any further support.
Year 5: firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 6: email@example.com
Year 7: firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 8: email@example.com
S and G: firstname.lastname@example.org
Transition information can be found as follows
What to do during lockdown
It is extremely easy to get bored during lockdown. Below is a list of things that you could try to keep you busy (click on the pictures):
Asking for help
If your feelings are taking over your day and you are finding it difficult to focus on anything else, then please ask for help. Help can be found in lots of different ways. You can use online help like the websites listed below or even discuss how you are feeling with someone that you trust.
Trusted people may include:
- Family, both those you are living with or family outside of home that you can contact by phone
- Teachers: please contact the school office if you need a teacher to contact you
- Support staff at school: please let the office know if you would like to pass a message onto Mrs Applegate or Mrs McAlpine
- Family friends
Oakfield Academy is working with the SHARE Project.
The SHARE Project have been commissioned to improve the mental health and emotional well-being of our young people in Middle and Secondary Schools in Somerset. The SHARE Project want to change to break down the stigma around mental health, and by helping our young people become more resilient so they are better equipped to understand and manage their emotions and behaviour.
SHARE will do this by involving everyone in schools – teaching professionals, young people and parents, volunteers and support staff – and provide them the tools and resources to help recognise, manage and sustain good mental health and emotional well-being.
Do not forget to look after yourself during this time. Here are some tips to get you started:
- Try to get enough sleep (8-10 hours per night)
- Drink plenty of water
- Eat regular meals
- Try to keep to a routine: what will you get done each day (this could be as simple as writing a list the evening before)
- Set yourself targets or goals to aim for
- Try to stay active
- Balance work and rest: do not spend all day doing schoolwork, give yourself time to do something that you enjoy
Action For Happiness - click this link for help & support
Places to find help and advice
The following websites (just click on the icon) give plenty of information and support:
Children's Mental Health week - Children’s Mental Health Week begins on 1st February, and the theme this year is ‘express yourself’. This toolkit includes resources for children, staff and parents.
We’re leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges. We’re here to make sure they get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties.
We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
We support young people aged 5-18 with their mental health. We help with things like low-mood, anxiety, stress, phobias, sleep-problems, OCD and other mental health difficulties.
Sometimes we can find it hard to go to school, but we do all need to. These websites can give you some tools to help.
Here are some examples of work students have produced on wellbeing/mental health.
As well as our physical health we should also look after our mental health too.
Mental health is the level of psychological well-being or an absence of mental illness. It is the state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment.
If u suffer from depression or anxiety you should do things you like. Here are some examples
- Watch a movie
- Play a game
- Watch your favorite tv show
- Listen to music
- Read a book
But an even better way of getting over it is to talk to someone you trust like a family member or a friend or teacher because they might think of something to do that you have not thought of and it might work.