Student Well Being
Help! Are you worried about something that’s happening to you or a friend? Do you need help right now? It’s not always easy to admit it but we all need help sometimes. If you’ve got a problem or something you’re worried about you'll find lots of people and places that can help here.
REMEMBER – whatever the problem is, talking about it can be the first step to solving it. If there’s an adult you trust like a parent, carer or a form teacher, the SSO’s or a teacher, talk to them first about what’s happening. There is a specific team of staff at John Colet whom you can talk to called the Safeguarding Team. Please see the notice board outside the School Hall or in the area outside the Medical Room for details of the staff members. You can see or speak to any adult in school who will be able to direct you to the correct member of staff. In school you can self-refer by filling in slip located outside the Medical Room.
The school has a Matron who provides first aid to students who have suffered an injury or illness. Parents/carers will be called if we feel that they are too unwell to continue and emergency services will be contacted if necessary. It is essential that the school can contact a responsible adult in the case of an emergency.
If your son or daughter has a medical condition please keep us updated and provide any medicines which need administering during school hours. The following forms relating to medical conditions and the administration of paracetamol or other medicines should be completed and returned to the school. These forms should also be updated as required.
If there are any concerns or queries please contact the School Matron
Youth Counselling Services
Kooth Commissioned by Bucks County Council free online service.
Safe and anonymous online support for young people Monday – Friday 12pm – 10pm Saturday – Sunday 6pm – 10pm Pioneers in online counselling, trusted by the NHS and over 250,000 people who have used or are using their services.
Welcome to 2021
In light of the new restrictions that have just been introduced I would like to remind you that Kooth.com is available in your area for young people aged 11 - 18 for free, safe and anonymous wellbeing support and advice, accessible from any internet enabled device.
Following my previous mailings and offer of virtual or recorded assemblies and staff refresher sessions, I continue to receive requests for these.
If you would like to book virtual support, please do get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note the upcoming Live Forums on Kooth for young people to access during January are as follows:
Wednesday 6th January – New Year, New Opportunities... To Build and Develop Resilience
Welcome to 2021! After one of the most difficult years many of us have ever experienced, it’s time to turn towards the future and look at how we can look at the new year as a chance for new opportunities. We’ll be focusing on what we have learnt in the last 12 months and how we can build on this shared knowledge to help develop our resilience.
Friday 15th January – ADHD & Me: Symptoms, Emotions and Coping Skills
Tonight we want to talk about ADHD, from what the symptoms are, how it can make you feel, as well as ideas for coping. So, if you are living with ADHD, know someone with it, or would just like to know more about ADHD then please come along to join us tonight!
Monday 18th January – Supporting a Friend After a Crime
It can be really difficult to hear a friend has experienced crime. Whether they were a victim or a perpetrator sometimes it can be hard to know what to say or do to support our friend whilst also keeping ourselves safe. So tonight, as part of our VOC project, we’re going to hopefully share some lovely ideas to work together to see what support after a crime could look like.
Friday 29th January – Learning to Be and Showing Your True Self
What is your true self? How do you know what it is? And, how do you show it? In this live forum those are some of the questions we’re hoping to answer! We’re going to be sharing ideas, tips and experiences with one another, and will also be talking about what to do if it’s not safe for you to be your true self. So we really do hope you’ll be able to come join us!
Live forums can be found in the discussion boards and go online at 7.30pm on the evening they are planned. They are moderated in real time until 9.00pm.
Community Counselling HP16 (Prestwood) 07565 567 439 Community Counselling HP16
Way in Counselling (Chesham) 01494 791177 Way In Counselling
Free local service. Time to Talk Bucks 01296 329903 Time to Talk Bucks
Signpost 01923 239495 Signpost (Watford/Hemel)
Relate 01296 427973 Relate
Other useful contacts:
- National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children 0808 800 5000 NSPCC
- ChildLine 0800 1111 Childline
- Saneline National out-of-hours mental health helpline Saneline
- Samaritans round the clock service, a safe place to talk Samaritans
- Useful Information on a range of mental health issues including self help guides and resources.
Mind Information line 0300 123 3393 Mind Student Minds Young Minds
- Bucks Mind 01494 463364 Bucks Mind
- The Mix support service for young people The Mix
- Bucks CAMHS local specialist mental health services for children and young people provided by the NHS. CAMHS
- One-to-one support to young people at risk of Sexual or Criminal Exploitation R-U Safe Bucks 01494 785 552; 07546 075638 R-U Safe Bucks
- Advice on Eating Disorders Beat
- Bullying Help Anti- Bullying Alliance Bullies Out Kidscape
- Addaction is one of the UK's leading mental health, drug and alcohol charities. Addaction
- Gender identity and sexuality LGBT Health and Wellbeing Stonewall
- Exam Stress Youthspace
- Young Carers Bucks Young Carer
- Losing a loved one Child Bereavement UK Hope again- bereavement
- Bucks ‘you matter’ guide offering help and advice on lots of the issues above Bucks You Matter
- stem4 - Teenage Mental Health Charity,
- Parent Info aims to raise parents’ confidence in digital parenting skills and help them to make informed decisions about addressing the risks their children face.
- Bucks Family Information Service - free, impartial information to families with children aged 0 to 19 years (or up to 25 years with a special educational need or disability), young people and professionals.
Click on this link for a seven step CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) course that you can follow online, to help yourself to deal with issues such as anger, anxiety and depression. This course has been linked from NHS Berkshire Self Help Course
Ready for social networking?
Want to stay in touch with your friends online? You’ll know there are lots of social networking websites and mobile apps that people use to chat, comment, share pictures and game with their friends. You probably also know that for most of these sites, like Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr or Twitter, you need to be at least 13 years old to sign up. For some, like Whatsapp, you need to be even older.
If you’re under 13 you shouldn’t be using them – you’ll be breaking their rules and could be putting yourself at risk.
Why? There are lots of reasons why these sites can be unsafe for young people, even those over 13, so it’s important that you don’t use them until you know how to do so safely .Remember - there’s no rush to start social networking and there are plenty of other ways to stay in touch with your friends. If you are already using social network sites, make sure you know what the risks are and what you can do to be safer.
For further guidance go to the CEOP - Child Exploitation and Online Protection website or contact them 0870 000 3344
Help and advice if you are being bullied
Bullying is deliberately hurtful behaviour by an individual or a group, repeated over a period of time. This could be over consecutive days/weeks. Usually, there is a power imbalance that makes it hard for the victim to defend themselves.
As a school we are committed to, creating a supportive, caring and safe environment in which every child is valued, challenged and fully developed. We promote an ethos of good behaviour where students treat one another and the school staff with respect. We will strive to create and maintain an environment where students can openly discuss bullying without fear of discrimination and students are not afraid to challenge and stand up for what they know is right.
As a school it would be naive of us not to acknowledge that in a community of over 1000 children/adolescents bullying in its various forms is likely to occur. As it is often a secretive activity we need to change attitudes and create a school ethos that makes clear that we will not tolerate bullying of any kind. Bullying is anti-social behaviour and can affect both students and staff; it is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Only when all issues of bullying are addressed will everybody be able to fully benefit from the opportunities available at John Colet School.