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16/10/18

It may only be October but our PTA are busy planning the Christmas bazaar on Thursday 22nd November. Please come along to enjoy the Christmas cheer! https://t.co/CsgXv9AGpP

13/10/18

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DfE

, the deadline to apply for a place for your child in 2019 is October 31 2018: https://t.co/OaxvfBEaWO https://t.co/Wsm8AMdtxp

13/10/18

Busy morning in school today. Our exceptional historians preparing for their exams this year https://t.co/5WOWNIs6Q1

11/10/18

We are proud to be open and serving our community. https://t.co/8FPCjY0tay

11/10/18

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BMAT

. in on track to reach its target of 560 students by 2020. Full story - https://t.co/rcIgYeXZSI https://t.co/wDCw39ipxD

10/10/18

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BBC Newsbeat

If you need advice on mental health related issues, please visit BBC Advice https://t.co/m96OL3qcWw

10/10/18

Amazing work from our eco club after school today! Our students really are exceptional and go the extra mile! https://t.co/rwEnZuLGIr

10/10/18

Tea and Talk - a chance to promote mental wellbeing and raise awareness the importance of looking after your mental health https://t.co/s151L5FReh

10/10/18

Great welcoming our Danish friends to FHS. Can’t wait for our exchange visit https://t.co/cgxJCg7jpT

08/10/18

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BMAT

We've relaunched our termly magazine. Latitude - The magazine for BMAT Schools, Parents and Communities. Read the latest issue here - https://t.co/VvzQNalzNy https://t.co/XfJ6G3PmdY

06/10/18

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Sport England

Parents play such a key role in supporting children to take part in sport and be active. Thank you https://t.co/6BkQlXeBsx https://t.co/ODrB8I8RAB

06/10/18

Rehearsals for our Aladdin production in full swing. Such dedication and passion on display! Well done to all involved https://t.co/sn8667W59p

06/10/18

A massive well done to our KS4 Geography students for their hard work this morning. The rain didn’t keep them away 🌧 https://t.co/EDrG3q2Hvc

04/10/18

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National Poetry Day

Happy everyone! Enjoy the celebrations! https://t.co/0i8nPajjWL https://t.co/Y5y7ZYESwb

04/10/18

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The Reading Agency

Are you excited for this week? One lucky person can win a full set of the recommended books for by writing a poem about this year's theme: change. Post your poem on Twitter by 4 October and tag us for the chance to win https://t.co/DBdprTqm7E

03/10/18

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Mr. L. Davis

This afternoon, Ricky from is talking to our year 9 students about the differences between being homeless and having a home. Delivering some “home truths” to our students today. https://t.co/K90qhLqf4m

03/10/18

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Mr. L. Davis

7 new cases of homeless every day last year. Today our Year 9s at are learning about some “Home Truths” with with the wonderful Ricky and Sarah. https://t.co/O6JVKJBwZH

03/10/18

Eco club busy planning our new garden area at school! https://t.co/HRJD1NluSe

02/10/18

Looking forward to Tea & Talk next Wednesday 10th October as part of mental health awareness https://t.co/fvNFvh6izl

02/10/18

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BMAT

TEEN RAISES MONEY IN RELATIVES' MEMORY - https://t.co/HtvdSpHzfq https://t.co/X2jgXzO1T3

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Helping Hands

Helping Hands

Posted: 28th September 2018

Young people are being trained as peer mentors to support each other through secondary school.

A group of 20 students at Forest Hall School have been appointed as mentors as part of the new Helping Hands scheme.

The mentors, from all year groups, spent a day training with Kidscape building on their understanding of low-level mental health and wellbeing issues, such as bullying, anxiety, friendship conflict and the impact they can have on young people.

They will wear badges and be available to their peers around school during morning registration, breaks and lunch each day.

Head of school Hannah Jones said: “As a school, we already have a support network in place for students, including tutor groups with mixed year groups where older students can help younger ones. We already have a very strong pastoral support network. Helping Hands is just another way to reach out to those who may need support and would prefer to speak to one of their peers in the first instance.

“Forest Hall is a family environment. Helping Hands strengthens our ethos of community, looking after each other and keeping each other safe. That’s really important.

“We are really excited to work with an external provider who carries out lots of work across the country on antibullying.”

More Helping Hands mentors will be trained, and receive certificates, later in the year as the scheme expands.

Ross Andrews, Year 11, said: “This has been an incredible experience; learning how to keep people safe. Everyone should have the chance to be happy and to enjoy school.

“It’s good to help younger people, to make them feel comfortable, encourage them to go to study clubs to get the best grades they can and to tell them that anything is possible.”

Adama Jobe, Year 11, said: “I want to do social work when I’m older, so this is good for me.”

Ashley Rolfe, of Kidscape, said: “During our Peer Mentoring programme, young people are trained to be effective peer mentors. Training has an emphasis on the roles and responsibilities, potential boundaries and useful communication techniques enabling young people to successfully support their peers of a similar age or younger.

We discuss the benefits of having peer mentors within a school setting, encouraging them to be proactive in their school.

“We also enable them to become active listeners. We use a combination of learning styles, from drama games, to written and verbal activities. The response from young people is always super positive.”

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