Our recent HWB network in September welcomed Education Scotland’s new Education Officer for the HWB Team, Janice Watson. Janice talked us through using their new resource – HWB responsibility of all, making the links, making it work. Use the link below to access the document from the ES site:
Janice kindly gave us her presentation, which you are welcome to use in your own establishment. It’s now on our HWB GLOW site, in the HWB network tab. Or you can access it here:
Education Scotland presentation HWB RoA Sep 14
Our senior Active Schools Co-ordinator, Barry Cook, updated us on what’s happening in the world of PEPAS and showed us a few inspirational films. Here are the YouTube links:
10 years of East Ren Active Schools: http://youtu.be/7FDirfekNag?list=UUTha5en8Mq3kODNuJvc8Wyw
Commonwealth Roadshows: http://youtu.be/dapuCHg4lWw?list=UUTha5en8Mq3kODNuJvc8Wyw
Best games ever: http://youtu.be/N67X8moAZis
If you missed the network, this should give you a flavour of what you missed. Please get in touch with Barry Cook or myself (Carolynne McKendry) if you’d like any more info.
I don’t know about you, but I was very happy to sit behind my desk today and get my to do-list written. I’ve had a restful, happy festive break but I’ve been looking forward to getting back to work for the last couple of days. For me, there’s something about working in a school that I’ve missed. And I know what that something is too – the hustle and bustle of eager, enquiring young minds, desperate to drain every last idea and creative thought from each and every adult who helps them to learn. Isn’t it great!
Here are a few of the things I’m excited about this term:
- consulting with senior students in each of our secondaries as we pull together our ideas for revamping the RSHPE curriculum. I am very keen to hear what they have to say about their experiences of learning in this important subject.
- more planning with Barry Cook from Active Schools on our successful holiday programme. Thanks to increased funding from the Council, we’ll be expanding the programme this year to include provision for S1 & S2 students and a programme for parents and carers, in partnership with our Adult Learning colleagues.
- delivering workshops on the importance of sleep at the St Ninian’s family HWB evening. This is sure to be a busy and very worthwhile evening. It will be great to see how the St Ninian’s community works together to give everyone the opportunity to look after their health.
- working with the Youth Achievement Award group at Barrhead High to develop and facilitate a HWB event for the school’s S2 students. With the ideas coming from the group themselves and full support from the HT and senior staff, their focus on raising awareness of self harm and where to go for support will be a first class piece of work. I look forward to sharing it with you in due course.
- taking part in a seminar at Isobel Mair School which is bringing together a whole host of partners and school staff who will share with the school community how we all work together to Get It Right For Every Child in Isobel Mair school.
- working with the PT in Behaviour Support at Barrhead High to facilitate sharing information, what works and how best to support young people’s mental health with the PSA team. The first half of this work took place on the October inservice but we learned so much from each other there was a real keenness to continue. It’s very exciting for us all.
- developing a workshop for an Education Scotland event in planning for choices and changes. I’m delighted to be invited to this as they’ve heard about some work I’ve been doing in secondary with small groups of students who struggle to cope with stress around exam time. This is a pleasure to do and it’ll be a pleasure to share.
If you would like to chat with me about any of this work, I’d be happy to hear from you. Perhaps I could be involved in something similar in your school..? You can mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope you’ve enjoyed your first day back as much as I have!
Our very own Kerry Crichton paid us a visit recently, as part of an input by Education Scotland to our HWB network. Kerry gave us an insightful presentation (using the bang up to date software, prezi) on the work of the national HWB team. Those of you who are familiar with Kerry will know her presentations are always interesting – she even managed to tell a story about sheep which was relevant to HWB and enterprise! You can access her presentation online by clicking this link:
George Sinclair spoke more widely about moderation, which I’m sure will be of interest to any teacher in any setting. His presentation – using the medium of Powerpoint, which we’re all more familiar with, is here:
Education Scotland – Moderation
Alison and I are considering presenting to specific stages @ the next network in May as many staff have said they would welcome the opportunity to talk with their sector partners about specific issues that affect them. Please let us know if you have a view on how we should organise the next network – it only works if it’s what you want.