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04/06/20

Our latest newsletter has just been published: full of updates, ideas and student achievements. https://t.co/9TLaomoPDC https://t.co/yzTizFyFSE

01/06/20

The first Virtual Assembly of our new half term covers transferable skills and careers related learning from Ms Haughton-Nicholls. We also have a lovely performance from Jaimee in 8H2, and wellbeing tips from Ms Grant. https://t.co/Ulmkm0qZ78

01/06/20

We hope that everyone had a restful half term. Although we will not be setting daily tasks this week, there's still a lot going on for our students at home, including virtual tutor times and optional projects. Students will also receive feedback on their Framed Tasks. https://t.co/IP8w4CIKYw

22/05/20

Retweetd From Steve Duffy

Well done Year 7 on a fantastic half term. I’ve really missed seeing you all, but I’ve been so impressed with how brilliantly you’ve all been working online. Have a great half term. Hopefully it won’t be too long before we can see each other again. Stay safe.

21/05/20

Our weekly newsletter is out! Many thanks to everyone who has sent us contributions so far. There will not be a newsletter next week but it will be back after half term, so please continue to send us photos and news. https://t.co/d8rVYn7riC https://t.co/E6Uzncmtfh

19/05/20

Love books? Hay Festival is running a 2020 programme for schools this week, created especially for learning at home. It brings authors straight from their house to yours. https://t.co/I6q6FrwpWh https://t.co/iHfXGwxbfX

18/05/20

In this week's virtual assembly: -Ms Grant offers advice to all of us to help maintain our mental health  -Ms Houghton discusses the Olympic spirit  -Mr Cutress launches our MiMove initiative Plus a lovely poetry reading from Arqish. https://t.co/GIy3CEo643

15/05/20

We had some trouble sending our newsletter by email yesterday. In case you missed it, here’s the link: https://t.co/kjNpEBYs7L https://t.co/80x4nvr0H6

14/05/20

The eighth edition of our Virtual School Newsletter was sent out today. Please share it with your children. Thank you for all the contributions - keep them coming! https://t.co/6aVVo8Zzwy https://t.co/A6nRoG2vSY

13/05/20

Retweetd From Steve Duffy

Hi Year 7s. I am aware of an issue a number of you had uploading your Music Framed Tasks to Show My Homework today. They are looking into it. For now, please save your work and I will post on Show My Homework when it is fixed with instructions of how to submit it.

11/05/20

Our 7th virtual assembly has now been shared on YouTube. Mrs Holden talks to us about the arts during lockdown. There's a beautiful performance at the start from Samarth in 7U7. Also, watch until the end for a special poetry reading from the HASU staff! https://t.co/F6YPSseRjH

11/05/20

Don’t forget that Macbeth is on tonight! This is the production that Year 8 were planning to see at The Globe. https://t.co/oFFEiX0dFD

07/05/20

Our weekly newsletter is out! This one features some beautiful poetry written by our students. https://t.co/6aVVo8Zzwy https://t.co/E4IvQEgPRE

04/05/20

This week's assembly is on innovation during times of crisis, from Mrs Morgan. We are also reintroducing student performances! This first week, we are featuring a beautiful performance from Tilly in 7A4. https://t.co/G08kz25Any https://t.co/O17IImVta5

30/04/20

Today’s HASU newsletter is available to read here: https://t.co/IBpueGuUfa It’s packed full of news, recommendations and amazing student work. https://t.co/tcAZHh6nJv

27/04/20

Students and staff are encouraged to get involved in the HASU Reading Challenge, which was posted on Show My Homework today. https://t.co/TVHSm0bsLN How many of these reading challenges can you do? https://t.co/CEqxWK0efn

27/04/20

Today's virtual assembly is now live. Parents, please encourage your children to watch this. Thank you! https://t.co/UaRrVa4NTr

23/04/20

This week's newsletter has now been published: https://t.co/H83Oc7Vyym. It features news from students and examples of great work, plus challenges and recommendations from teachers. https://t.co/8NiR3suIpo

21/04/20

Retweetd From miMoveApp

Excited to announce who join the growing community of schools now using miMove to support and celebrate their students' physical activity journeys. Looking forward to working with you and your students. https://t.co/BSbggI83uP

21/04/20

We are very proud of our Vice Principal Miss Corley, who featured in The Times article "How work in Britain has been changed by coronavirus" yesterday: https://t.co/E8md1I5SYZ. You can read Miss Corley's interview here: https://t.co/u2zbVzZCWY https://t.co/vwCPbHxsUF

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Self Harm

Self-harm is defined as: ‘The act of deliberately causing harm to oneself either by causing a physical injury, by putting oneself in dangerous situations and/or self-neglect’.

Why do people self-harm?

Self-harm can take a number of forms.  Self-harm is a way of coping and obtaining relief from a difficult and otherwise overwhelming situation or emotional state.  Someone who self-harms is usually in a state of high emotion, distress and inner-turmoil.  A person will often struggle with difficulties for some time before they self-harm.

Situations that can trigger self-harm:

  • Relationship problems with partners, friends or family
  • Pressures e.g. school work and exams, sporting performance, family issues
  • Bullying
  • Trying to fit in (some social groups are more accepting of self-harming behaviours)
  • Feeling bad about one’s self (guilt, shame, worthlessness)
  • Physical, emotional or sexual abuse
  • Feeling depressed

Self-harm and Suicide:

Whilst self-injury and suicide are separate, those who self-injure are in emotional distress and those who end their lives are also in emotional distress.  In addition, there is always the danger that self-harm could go wrong and cause death, although this may not have been the intention.  It is vital that all emotional distress is taken seriously to minimise the chances of self-injury, and suicide.  Any warning sign or talk of suicide must be taken seriously.

 What to do if a young person discloses that they are self-harming:

  • Listen to the young person in emotional distress calmly and explain that you are not judging them or their behaviour.
  • Do not assuring confidentiality.
  • Try to remain calm. Young people who self-harm can find it very hard to talk about what has happened and are often afraid of how people will react. The reaction a young person receives when they disclose their self-harm can have a critical influence on whether they go on to access supportive services. Any indication of a negative emotion or being judgmental is likely to aggravate the situation.
  • If the wounds are fresh, seek first aid treatment and assessment.
  • Members of staff should report incidents of self-harm in the same way as other safeguarding issues
  • Where parents/carers are aware of such instances, we would strongly recommend that school is informed.

If it is disclosed to the school that a student is self-harming

The student will be seen by one of the designated safeguarding leads in the school together another suitable member of staff except where parents/carers inform the school and provide information. 

If the student is expressing suicidal thoughts or is in imminent danger of causing themselves significant harm, parents/carers will be called and advised to take the child to A & E.  In extreme cases an ambulance will be called.  In these cases, the school is required to make a referral to the Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).

Where the self-harm does not cause concern for the students immediate welfare, the Designated Safeguard Lead or Deputy Safeguard Lead will contact parents/carers and advise that a GP appointment is made.  Further support such as a meeting with the School’s Student Welfare officer, Student Counsellor or a referral to CAHMS will be discussed with the parents/carers.

Students will be advised:

  • Not to display open wounds/injuries.  These should be dressed appropriately.
  • To talk to the appropriate member of staff if they are in emotional distress
  • To alert a teacher if they suspect another student is self-harming or at serious risk of harm to themselves, and know when confidentiality must be broken.

Further information:

For further information on self-harm visit:-

www.youngminds.org.uk

www.mind.org.uk

www.nshn.co.uk

www.childline.org.uk

www.samaritans.org.uk

www.mentalhealth.org.uk