Message for KGS Young People

Please know that we are thinking of you. Your teachers miss seeing you.  Although it is officially the holidays, this isn’t the usual kind of holiday. I guarantee your teachers will not have ‘switched off’ from school and will be worrying about you.

I know we have all joked at some point about how much fun it would be if school closed down but none of us ever dreamed this would happen. When it was just a joke, there was no danger, no worldwide health crisis and no enforced isolation. This is not the fun we thought it might be!

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However, this is a unique time which you will always remember. Record it somehow. Write a diary, take daily photos, start a blog.

And if it is all too much, writing it down can also help or talk to someone. If you feel there’s no one there- there is usually a friend  online and there is always Childline if you have worries you can’t share with anyone else. After the holidays you will have contact again with teachers and your classes on Teams.

Watch this wee film and consider that this might be a bit like how we’ll feel when we emerge from our lockdown!

Planet Earth: Polar bear cub first steps

These polar bear cubs are about to take their first steps into their snowy world. 😍BBC Earth

Posted by BBC One on Monday, March 23, 2020

Here are 4 links which might help you or your family if you are worrying about coronavirus, if you are not coping well with being at home for such a long time or if you are generally looking for more info aimed at people your age.

1        Young Scot has a dedicated campaign site

‘Find out more about what’s happening and the simple steps you can take to help prevent catching COVID-19 and spreading to others. Also find out more about what you can do if you are feeling anxious and worried, and how you can support others in your community’

https://young.scot/campaigns/national/coronavirus

2        The Children and Young People’s Commissioner for Scotland site has some information about children’s rights in a time of crisis and a number of helpful links to resources

https://www.cypcs.org.uk/news/in-the-news/getting-human-rights-advice-in-scary-times-the-coronavirus

3        In particular CYPCS recommend the #Covibook for children under 7 which can be downloaded here

https://www.mindheart.co/descargables  /

https://660919d3-b85b-43c3-a3ad-3de6a9d37099.filesusr.com/ugd/64c685_319c5acf38d34604b537ac9fae37fc80.pdf

4        Childline have a dedicated Cornoavirus page which covers what coronavirus is, what to do if you are worried and how to cope if you are staying at home

https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/your-feelings/anxiety-stress-panic/worries-about-the-world/coronavirus/

Look after yourselves.

Mrs Bain