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Head's Weekly Newsletter

Week 15
Dear Students, Families, Colleagues and Friends

Welcome to the penultimate issue of the Head’s Weekly Newsletter for this calendar year!

We had a big week of Christmas celebrations here at Abbot’s Lea School and I want to thank every member of my team for the hard work put in ahead of, during and after, the activities – we really did make it special!

We had: 
-    Christmas Talent Show (Secondary Department)
-    Christmas Activity Day
-    Christmas Nativity Play (Primary Department)
-    Christmas Lunch
-    Christmas Drumming
-    Christmas Theatre trip.

Simply fantastic!

Next week is a short one, with the following plans:
-    Christmas Party on Monday (a non-uniform day for all students)
-    Christmas Movie and Festive Breakfast and Quiz morning (a non-uniform day for all students)

The school finishes for students at 1pm on Tuesday, 21 December 2021 - please may I ask that you ensure that your child is collected at that time and are not in a position of being left behind…

The staff will then also finish work and the school will remain closed until we return on 5 January 2022. I thank you all in advance for ensuring that all enquiries wait until that time, to allow my staff team their well-deserved break. Thank you! 

With kindest wishes for a restful weekend.

Mrs A Hildrey
Headteacher
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KEY DIARY DATES FOR WEEK 16
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
 
KEY DIARY DATES FOR WEEK 17
 

News from our classrooms

Click on each of the Key Stage icons to browse class pages and news.
Our student ambassadors are enjoying the Christmas activities and rest until the next term.
Student Council
We are proud of everyone's effort this week. Our Student of the Week 15 list is below. 
Student of the Week
Even on a short week like the next one, food in our kitchen is great. Click and explore the next week's menu. 
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Is your child a student? Share their stories and join family discussions on Facebook and Twitter.
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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)

Some autistic people do not like any change in their routines. Combined with the bright lights and intense socialising, holiday period can be a difficult time for many. Our Head of Autism Research and Development is sharing with you advice on how to create environment and activities enjoyable for all.

Support outside school

OUT OF HOURS AND EMERGENCY CARE
Below are some options available to children and young people in Liverpool:
ALDER HEY CAMHS - CRISIS CARE TEAM
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.
YOUNG MINDS CRISIS MESSENGER
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
THE SAMARITANS
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
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:
GP OUT OF HOURS SERVICE
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
ACCIDENT & EMERGENCY: CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE AGED 0-16 YEARS
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.
ACCIDENT & EMERGENCY: YOUNG PEOPLE AGED 16+
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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