An introduction to the Student Wellbeing Team

This page is brought to you by the Student Wellbeing Team.

Our mission is to ensure that all students here at CAM feel safe in school. We are here to support you if you have any issues regarding your wellbeing.

As a team we have already done so much, including tutor time activities raising awareness on topics affecting teens. We have introduced an anti-bullying charter - you might know it as the We wills’ - which outlines what we, as students, will do in order to combat any bullying in our academy; to make it a safe place for everyone. We will continue to help students further through our wellbeing blog, working with other schools and exploring ideas for Feel-Good Friday.

If you have any ideas on how else we can support your wellbeing, ask your Family Captain/Vice-Captain to pass it onto the Student Council.

Look after yourself and each other!

Omolara, Holly, Sofia, Lexia, Alicia, Tamar, Gift & Shanzay

Anti-Bullying Charter

We call it the 'We wills'

Wellbeing blog 23/11/20 - Be an upstander

By Sofia, Year 9

Bullying is repeated negative behaviour that is intended to make others feel upset, uncomfortable or unsafe.

Bullying doesn't just affect you physically; it also affects you mentally. Bullying is unwanted behaviour.

What is cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is the use of electronic communication to bully a person. Cyberbullying happens mostly on social media - people send mean, hurtful or threatening messages. Don’t hesitate to block and report the person and also tell a parent/guardian, teacher or friend about this so they can help you. You could also call places like Childline.

Remember - you need to tell someone. DO NOT keep it a secret.

Don't be a bystander!

If you see someone getting bullied, be an upstander and tell someone about it. Help them - don’t stand there doing nothing because that person could be really hurt.

Bullying is a serious problem young people still face today.

We should treat everyone fairly in and outside of school.

Poster competition entries

Elektra, Year 8

Anusha, Year 8

Declan, Year 10

Victoria, Year 7

Hannah, Year 7

Digital Leaders

Anna, Year 7

Unknown, Year 7

Unknown, Year 7

Unknown, Year 7

Unknown, Year 7

Looking after your wellbeing during periods of isolation

The Coronavirus has really disrupted our day to day lives. Dealing with this change, and the uncertainty about what will happen next, may have left you feeling more worried and unsettled than usual. This is completely understandable. It’s natural to feel more anxious, frustrated or bored at the moment. The good news is that there are lots of things that you can do which will help you look after your wellbeing. Here are some tips that will help you stay positive and well.

  • Keep learning! We may not be at school but being at home is a new opportunity to continue learning and pick up a few new skills along the way! Take a look on the school website for top tips about working at home.

  • Plan your days and keep to a routine - Keeping to a regular routine is important as it will help give you a sense of order and purpose. Go to sleep and wake up at the same time, eat regularly, shower, change your clothes, do your school work, get some fresh air, book in video-chats with friends and do any chores. Make sure you make time for fun!

  • Stay connected - Whilst we cannot see people as easily, it's important to stay in touch with the people that matter to you. Phone calls and texting are great, but seeing someone’s face on a video call can really lift your mood. If you’re not used to speaking on a video call, you could suggest playing an online game together. Gaming is also a really good way to have fun and connect with others from your own home.

  • Take a break from social media - You might find you are spending more time than usual scrolling on social media. This can help us feel more connected, but it can also have a negative impact on our wellbeing. If you feel like updates are getting too much, take a break. You are in control of what you see in your feed and you can mute or unfollow accounts that make you feel more worried or stressed.

  • Calm your mind - Mindfulness is a great way to stay calm if you feel stressed. There are lots of free apps that you can use which explain breathing techniques and meditation that can help you relax. Try Headspace – www.headspace.com. Writing a journal or drawing is also a good way of expressing and processing our feelings and worries.

  • Have fun and distract yourself - Doing things that we enjoy are really helpful in giving our mood a boost, and taking our attention away from any anxious thoughts. Try watching films or TV programmes, funny You Tube videos, reading or listening to music.

  • Take a break from the news - It can be tempting to constantly check the news during times like this, but try limiting how often you check the news. Pick one trusted source of information and try to only visit it once or twice a day. Staying informed can help us feel more in control, but constant news reports can be overwhelming too.

  • Keep moving - Exercise helps our bodies deal with stress hormones and is proven to lift our mood and help us feel calmer. You can find lots of online resources for exercising indoors, there’s a good free resource called Fitnessblender. It's also OK to go for a walk, run or ride your bike outside as long as you avoid other people.

  • Be productive – Keeping up with your schoolwork is a good way to be productive. Think of all those things you have thought about doing but never got round to. It could be something like sorting out your room or learning to do something new. Doing these things can help you feel productive and give you a sense of achievement which boosts your wellbeing.

  • Walk away from tense situations - Spending lots of time inside with other people will naturally cause tension at times. You can help in these situations by walking away from arguments until everyone starts to feel calmer.

  • Eat well - There are strong links between what we eat and how we feel. Eating a good healthy, balanced diet helps us keep physically and mentally well.

  • Sleep well - Sometimes when we’re stressed and our routine changes it’s more difficult to sleep. If you struggle sleeping don’t worry, even just resting in bed is good for you. Having a relaxing bedtime routine and using mindfulness apps can help you sleep better.

  • Reach out for help -. If you are feeling low or anxious speak to someone you trust. Speak to people who understand you and helps you keep things in perspective. Talking can help lift our mood and really helps us to begin to feel more positive if we're having a tough time. Sometimes you might feel you need more help.

By Mrs Carlise, Academy Counsellor

Here are some useful places to get help and support:

www.kooth.com

Free, anonymous, confidential website where young people can access online counselling support.

www.childline.org.uk

1-2-1 counselling support via the website or phone. Comforts, advises and gives information.

www.themix.org.uk

Free information and support for under 25s. You can talk to them by phone, email and online chat.

0800 808 4994

www.youngminds.org.uk

Website offering support, information and advice about mental health and wellbeing.

jo@samaritans.org

Available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts.

Samaritans 116 123

If you feel like you need more support you can also use the ‘Speak up’ button to send a message to academy staff.


This is monitored during school hours.

Wellbeing blog 10/11/20 - Anti-Bullying Week & poster competition

Anti-Bullying Week by Holly, Year 9

What is Anti-Bullying Week?

Anti-Bullying Week starts on Monday 16 and ends on Friday 20 November 2020.

It’s an annual event that aims to raise awareness of bullying of children and young people, in schools and elsewhere, and was made to highlight ways of preventing and responding to bullying.

This year the theme is 'United Against Bullying'.

How can I get involved?

  • Remind yourself of the ‘We wills’ - our student anti-bullying charter

  • Enter our competition to make a poster - see below for details

  • Visit the Bullying UK and Anti-Bullying Alliance websites to find out more

  • Follow activities and events on social media using #AntiBullyingWeek and #abw20

Poster competition

We want you to create a poster! All entries will be awarded Classcharts points, with the winning poster being shared in our Academy Life magazine and around the academy.

You might want to: raise awareness of bullying and the impact it has on young people; talk about where you can get help and support if you are being bullied; promote the ‘We wills’.

Email your entries to laura.morley@coopacademies.co.uk or hand them in at the Library (on your bubble day). The closing date is Monday 23 November.

Final thought

You might notice some staff Wearing Blue for Wellbeing on Friday 13 November. This is to raise awareness of the impact bullying can have and how we all need to work together to make sure it doesn’t happen in our school - because we are United Against Bullying.

Wellbeing blog 16/10/20 - Change starts with you!

Change starts with you! By Omolara, Year 9

On 1 October 2020 the Student Wellbeing Team (or anti-bullying ambassadors as we were known then) were invited to a Zoom training session with The Diana Award.

What is bullying?

The Diana Award describes bullying as repeated negative behaviour that is intended to make others feel upset, uncomfortable or unsafe. This means that a bully wants to hurt a person verbally, physically or indirectly (indirect bullying could be ignoring a person on purpose, spreading rumours, gossiping about someone). People who are bullied often feel alone, upset and unsafe.

How can I help?

We can all help to reduce incidences of bullying by doing small acts of kindness each day to make people smile. Watch this motivational video all about kindness.

Where can I find help?

The Diana Award Crisis Messenger offers free, anonymous 24/7 text support to young people across the UK. Trained volunteers will listen to how you're feeling and help you think through the next step towards feeling better.

Text DA to 85258