An important update from Miss Macartney for Term 4, including the latest information from the SQA, has now been uploaded to the Letters & Publications page of the website. This update includes information on Home Learning and our guide to Learning @ Home has also been uploaded to this page. We have also created a separate Learning @ Home page with some support for parents, carers and pupils to supplement the guide. You can access this through the dedicated button on the Home Page or from the Home menu of the website.
A national campaign to help people cope during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic launched today (21 April 2020).
The Scottish Government’s ‘Clear Your Head’ campaign highlights the practical things people can do to help them feel better whilst continuing to stay at home, acknowledging these are worrying and uncertain times for many.
Simple steps to taking better care of our mental health and wellbeing over the coming weeks include:
• Keeping to a routine – trying to sleep and wake at the same time, and eating at regular times.
• Moving more – staying active, within the current guidance, to boost your mood.
• Taking a break – limiting exposure to the news on social media if you feel things are getting on top of you, instead using fun games, quizzes and apps online to pass the time.
• Making time for yourself – simply taking a breather or doing something you enjoy.
• Keeping in touch – phoning family and friends to ease worry and feel connected.
Along with a range of tips on how to stay positive, the campaign website clearyourhead.scot will signpost sources of help and advice including NHS Inform, and helplines including NHS24, Breathing Space, SAMH and the Samaritans.
The campaign, which will run across television, radio, and online, is part of a package of measures announced by the Scottish Government to help people look after their mental health during and after the coronavirus outbreak. This includes £3.8 million of extra funding to begin to increase the capacity of NHS24’s telephone and online services, and investment of more than £1 million towards the expansion of the Distress Brief Intervention (DBI) programme.
Minister for Mental Health Clare Haughey said:
“The restrictions on our lives, whilst vital, are undoubtedly tough, bringing feelings of anxiety, frustration and worry as we try to cope and adapt. It’s never been more important to look after our mental health, and this campaign has been launched to highlight the things we can do every day to feel better and stay mentally healthy.
“These are unprecedented times and it’s important that people know what support is there if they need to speak to someone. We appreciate everyone’s efforts to prevent the spread of the virus, and hope this campaign helps people to take care of themselves as restrictions continue.”
Consultant Psychiatrist Dr John Mitchell said:
“There’s never been a better time to think and talk about how you’re feeling. We’re all experiencing the loss of things we may have taken for granted, such as loss of social interaction, loss of livelihoods, and for some the loss of health or bereavement.
“Creating new mental health habits, simple things that help structure our days, give us a boost or make us feel connected, is important in these times. These practical tips will help people do the right things to look after themselves in the coming weeks and months, making them better able to cope and meet the challenges they are facing.”
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Please follow the link below for some guidance for parents & carers from the National Parent Forum of Scotland on how to support learning during Term 4.
For those pupils and parents who are looking for more ways to develop their knowledge and skills from home, here are a couple of suggestions:
The good people at BBC Bitesize have created a schedule of tasks for a range of subjects at different levels. You can access these independently or as directed by your subject teachers. The other great resource, also online with a schedule and range of ages, is Oak National.
Please see below for a letter from Steven Quinn, Director of Children's Services with an update on SQA awards. This letter has also been uploaded to the Letters & Publications page.
Well done to all our pupils who have been adjusting to the new way of learning and teaching over the last two weeks. It’s not been easy for staff and pupils to work on line and communicate remotely but we’ve made it work well. It is now the Spring holiday and staff will be taking a break from setting you tasks and answering emails.
However, even although it is the Spring break Linwood High School is still here to support all our pupils and their families. We know that this is a difficult time for many of you and we want you to know that there is always someone available to help or provide support and advice. If you should need support of any kind we will try and help so please email our enquiry line
firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you.
Today the SQA have issued a statement and information for learners, parents and carers. You can read this update here. We will be in touch will all our senior pupils with more advice on this after the holidays.
We would like to wish all staff, pupils and their families a safe and happy holiday. Keep checking our website and Twitter feed for any new updates. Stay safe & look after each other!
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