Head's Weekly Newsletter

Week 14
Dear Students, Families, Colleagues and Friends

Welcome to today’s issue of the newsletter, culminating our 14th week of the school year.

I was so proud of our students this week and took particular joy in several student-related events and achievements:
  • I had completed the appointment of Kieran and Caitlin as my Head Boy and Girl and Lewis and Megan as Deputy Head Boy and Girl in today’s assembly. Congratulations! I look forward to working with this fantastic group of young leaders in the coming weeks!
  • Margaret Bryce Scholarship winners this year were: Hamza, Louis, Elliot, Jamie, Paul, Caitlin, Kyle and Kieran. Each of the students entered into this year’s scholarship race titled “The Spectrum Of Me” and their entries were truly inspiring – more on that next week!
  • A group of six students from KS4 and KS5 attended a Governing Body meeting to share their “lived experiences” of being students at ALS. One governor commented: “All six students were incredibly impressive, from the consideration they gave to the information they shared with us, to the way they interacted with one another during our question and answer session.”, whilst another said: “I would like to add my thanks to the students who were totally impressive, frank and refreshing to speak to. I felt I was given a very clear and balanced view of their experience at Abbot’s Lea School and were also maturely thinking of their next best steps for when they leave.”
These are just a few highlights of a busy, meaningful and truly rich experiences our students access – I thank every single one of them for grabbing these opportunities with both hands and making the best of each such occasion! Well done!

I wish you all a restful weekend and look forward to seeing you all next week for the last full week of Term 2 (we finish on Tuesday, 21 December 2021 at 1pm).

Kind regards

Mrs A Hildrey
Read More
13-17 December 2021 - Family consultation week
14 December 2021 - Secondary Christmas Talent Show
15 December 2021 - Intermediate Team Teach training for staff at the Florrie
15 December 2021 - Christmas Activity Day (including Christmas lunch)
15 December 2021 - Prospective Family Tour 3:30-4pm
15 December 2021 - Governing Body Meeting Term 2, 4-6pm
16 December 2021 - Nativity
16 December 2021 - Drumming project - final session
17 December 2021 - Christmas pantomime at the Epstein Theatre or streamed into school
20 December 2021 - Christmas Party led by KS5 students
21 December 2021 - Christmas film morning with festive breakfast
21 December 2021 - School closes for Christmas at 1pm

News from our classrooms

Click on each of the Key Stage icons to browse class pages and news.
Our students join the Virtual Tour of the UK Parliament this week and used the opportunity to meet our MP. 
Student Council
We are proud of everyone's effort this week. Our Student of the Week 14 list is below. 
Student of the Week
Every week there is something new in our kitchen. Click and explore the next week's menu. 
Is your child a student? Share their stories and join family discussions on Facebook and Twitter.

News from our staff teams

The #HAF2021 holiday activity programme is a packed half-term programme bursting with great activities and delicious meals every day. Children and young people will be able to access hundreds of activities throughout the school holidays, including specific provision available for children with SEND or additional needs. Our Family Adviser prepared a list of activities. (PDF)

Thanks to those of you who already joined our research projects. The activities were fun and valuable for both our students and the wider community, We have many new research projects for you to join. Check out the full list by clicking on the icon above.
If your child was involved in the 10-week long drumming project, you are invited to join the discussion event with researchers. They are looking for opinions of the benefits of this activity for your child. The event is organised online with two time slots to best suit your daily schedules. Join us on Thursday afternoon at 1 or at 4:30.

Support outside school

Below are some options available to children and young people in Liverpool:
Alder Hey Crisis Care Team – 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Crisis Care Team offer advice, consultation, and direct intervention to children/young people. and their Families. Contact the team 24/7 on 0151 293 3577.
If you are a young person experiencing a mental health crisis, you can text the YoungMinds Crisis Messenger for free, 24/7 support. Text YM to 85258
For more information visit YoungMinds website here
NHS 111
Where trained health professionals can give you health advice and information 24 hours a day.
Telephone: 111
Click here to go directly to the NHS 111 website
Offer a 24-hour confidential helpline. Samaritans volunteers listen in confidence to anyone in any type of emotional distress, without judging or telling people what to do.
Telephone: 08457 90 90 90
Textphone: 08457 90 91 92
Click here to go directly to the Samaritans website
Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. Whether it’s something big or small, our trained counsellors are here to support you.
Childline is free, confidential and available anytime, day or night. You can talk to us on the phone, by email or through 1-2-1 counsellor chat. Whatever feels best for you.
Telephone: 0800 1111
1-2-1 Counsellor Chat
BSL Users
Click here to go directly to the Childline website
At times children and young people may become distressed and need to be seen in an emergency. The following is available for children and young people in Liverpool:
A GP is available when your local surgery is closed during evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays. If you need urgent healthcare which cannot wait until the next working day, you can access a GP via the GP Out of Hours service. Call your Doctor’s surgery on the usual number and you will either be transferred to the Out of Hours service, or there will be an answerphone message with details of how to access it. The out of hours service operator will take details of your call and pass these to a doctor or nurse, who will contact you and, depending on your circumstances, will offer you one of the following options:
·       Telephone advice
·       An appointment at a healthcare service in your area that evening
·       A home visit
If a child or young person becomes distressed or shows signs of becoming a risk to others or themselves they should be taken to A&E at Alder Hey Children’s Foundation Trust following receipt of parental/carer permission. The Specialist mental health service provided by this trust operates a duty on-call system and a clinician will be called to attend A&E to support and provide an assessment of the child or young person. A Psychiatrist on-call system operates through the evening.
Young people aged 16+ showing signs of distress or becoming a risk to themselves or others should be taken to A&E at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital Trust or University Hospital Aintree. A member of the mental health crisis team will provide an assessment of the young person. This is a 24-hour service.
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