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Anxiety Workshops for Parents

Anxiety Workshops for Parents

Experiencing anxiety and worry is normal and common in people of all ages. While we all experience anxiety sometimes, there are times when anxiety and worry can feel very difficult to manage and can have a big impact on really important aspects of our lives. 

We would like to invite you to a specialist workshop for parents focusing on understanding anxiety in children and developing support strategies to help at home. This is particularly geared towards parents of children who are experiencing anxiety. The workshop has been designed by our local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and will be delivered by CAMHS staff via Microsoft Teams.

All parents are very welcome to join these workshops and we can support with technology if help is needed.  You do not need to register for these workshops, simply join the online workshops using the Microsoft Teams links. You can contact Miss Johnson at Hawthornden if you are interested in attending. 

Workshop 1:  Tuesday 23rd March 2021, 1-230pm; Understanding anxiety in children and young people

Microsoft Teams meeting
Join on your computer or mobile app

Workshop 2: Tuesday 13th April 2021, 1-230pm; Strategies to manage anxiety in children and young people

Microsoft Teams meeting
Join on your computer or mobile app

 

Read here for more information about the sessions or download a copy. 

Anxiety Workshops – Information sheet for referrers & parents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comic Relief comes to Hawthornden!

It is time to celebrate Red Nose Day at Hawthornden! There are lots of fantastic activities planned for the week beginning 15th March 2021: we are selling red noses (£1.50), having talent contests, telling our best jokes, doing quizzes and designing super heroes!  

The Hawthornden community is special and we can make a difference. By taking part in this we are working towards making the world a better place.

Download the poster here: Comic Relief Poster – March 2021

P7 Transition for 2021 begins!

Visit the P7 Transition 2021 page of our website to read the letter from Lasswade High School. This will tell you about the  Google Classroom they have set up for children transitioning to Lasswade High School this year, what they have planned and how to get in touch.

Click here!

P7 Transition 2021

Glow and Google Classroom Support

If you want to know more or need hep with Glow and Google Classroom please click on this section of our website. This will give you information about what Glow and Google Classroom are, how to log in and where to get additional help if you need it.

Correspondence from Midlothian Council

Dear Parents and Carers

Following the First Minister’s announcement on Saturday, we wanted to update you on our plans for your children and young people returning to education after the Christmas break.
The First Minister has extended the break until 11 January. From that date, most children and young people will learn from home until 18 January.
New Scottish Government guidance issued last night allows local authorities to request an exceptional closure for the first day of return after the festive break, to allow planning to take place for the safe return of vulnerable children and children of key workers. Midlothian Council has applied for this for 6 January. If this is granted, on 7 and 8 January, schools will provide critical childcare only for key workers and for our most vulnerable children and young people. If this is not granted, then critical childcare will also be provided on 6 January. We will confirm as soon as possible.
We have created a survey for you to fill out to apply for a space if you are a Category 1 or 2 key worker. There is a link in the survey which will give you further details about the categories.
https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/mlc-jan21keyworker/

Applications need to be completed by 31 December to allow us to plan. Schools and ELC settings will be closed until 6 January at which time all staff will return. You will be contacted by your child’s school on 6 January if your child is to attend on 7 January. Please do not assume you have a space until you have heard from the school.
During this time, school transport will run as normal and there will crossing patrols in place for those who have been asked to attend, or who have a critical childcare space. Children and young people who attend school and ELC on these dates will be provided with a school lunch.
There will be further information provided to families of children and young people who are currently in Saltersgate School and our special provisions.
Schools will be providing home learning from 11-18 January. This learning experience will be different, however will still be based on children’s current learning targets. For
ELC, home learning activities will be provided. Schools have been planning for the possibility of home learning experiences for some time, and are well-prepared. Further details about this will be sent out to you by your child’s school by 8 January.
Information about Free School Meals during this period can be found here:
https://www.midlothian.gov.uk/info/855/school_meals/117/free_school_meals_and_clothi ng_grants/3
We also continue to be guided by the most recent Scottish Government guidance as follows: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-reducingthe-risksin-schools/ The main changes that we would like to highlight to you as we move from Level 3 to Level 4 are as follows: • The level 4 advice is that children on the shielding list should not attend in person. However, there will be further consideration of how individualised risk assessments can be used to maximise school attendance, and remove barriers to access to regulated childcare services, for children who continue to shield during Level 4 restrictions. It is expected that these should be informed by the secondary care (hospital) clinical team caring for the child or young person.

• Due to our being in level 4, face coverings should continue to be worn by pupils and staff in the senior phase (S4-6) in classrooms, subject to the existing exemptions.

• Face coverings should be worn by all visitors to schools/ELCs and also outside at pick-up and drop-off times whenever on school/ELC premises, even outside.

• Our staff continue have to wear face coverings in communal areas such as corridors, etc

• Our staff also have to wear face coverings in schools when in close contact with your children and other staff.
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with becoming ill with COVID-19. Do: • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available • wash your hands as soon as you get home • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards.

Please visit the NHS Inform website for all the latest advice and updates about coronavirus in Scotland: https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-andpoisoning/coronavirus-covid-19

We appreciate the levels of concern and anxiety as COVID-19 continues to affect our schools and communities, and we would like to reassure you that we are doing all we can to support our children, young people and staff at this time.

We would like to thank you for your continued support as we put our plans into action from this very recent announcement. We will keep you updated with any further information via our usual channels of communication.
We hope you have a very enjoyable Christmas break.
Yours sincerely

Fiona Robertson
Executive Director, Children, Young People and Partnerships

 A Parent Club COVID-19 internet microsite, which contains advice on working from home whilst caring for children, advice on helping children with remote and blended learning as well as links to advice and support resources for parents of children with additional support needs.
 Education Scotland’s Parentzone Scotland website includes advice for parents, families and practitioners on supporting children and young people’s learning during COVID-19.
 The National Parent Forum Nutshell guide on blended learning, published in August 2020. This joins further Nutshells on Supporting Learning at Home during “lockdown” and on online safety.
 Education Scotland’s Scotland Learns initiative provides newsletters and online resources for teachers and for parents/carers.

Update to Law

Smacking Ban

 

The law on all forms of physical punishment of children in Scotland changed on 7 November 2020. From this date all forms of physical punishment of children became against the law in Scotland. Scotland is the first part of the UK to ban the smacking of children.

 

This change in the law is about making things better for children in Scotland.

 

For more information visit the Scottish Government website