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28/02/24

🏃 After presenting an amazing assembly, Olympic athlete delivered a round of energetic and engaging lessons to our students, instilling hope in their future of possible careers in sport 🏅 pic.twitter.com/va9fIq8xY9

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16/02/24

☕️ Well done to our pupils who got chosen for Hot Chocolate Friday this afternoon. What a delicious way to end the half term! 🍫 Have a lovely half term all. Thank you for your continued support. 💚 pic.twitter.com/aZTPvXmYez

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16/02/24

🧮 The children enjoyed a STEM-focused day where they got to test out their mathematical and scientific knowledge! 🧪 ✈️ Pupils took part in a range of activities, from designing robotic hands to building parachutes, planes and cars. 🪂 pic.twitter.com/xyVJhEfjaz

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15/02/24

🎶 We started the day yesterday with a fantastic music assembly! Each year group performed the song they’ve been working on this half term! 🎤🎵 pic.twitter.com/tDLZaa0HLm

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13/02/24

🏃‍♀️ After learning all about Shrove Tuesday, Unicorns and Sprites Class took part in the ultimate pancake race!🥞 pic.twitter.com/RdSgqoq90B

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09/02/24

🏅 Today we welcomed European champion to Cooks Spinney. Tommy led a whole school assembly and then provided a fitness lesson for each KS2 class 🏃 pic.twitter.com/44X7cCuyRF

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09/02/24

☕️ Well done to our pupils who got chosen for Hot Chocolate Friday! What a fantastic end to the week! 💚 pic.twitter.com/MoLzi9juN8

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02/02/24

We’re looking for new members to join Cooks Spinney PTA!💚We’ll be holding a coffee morning on Monday 12th February to welcome new members and to also discuss exciting, upcoming events with current members! pic.twitter.com/1fY8y2LtJ0

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02/02/24

☕️ Well done to our fantastic pupils who got chosen for Hot Chocolate Friday! Keep up the great work! ✏️ pic.twitter.com/9jju0SKtVA

25/01/24

From the end of your street to the ends of the earth. Open a world of possibilities for children in your area.  Join our high-quality teacher training programme, train locally and start making a difference from day one with expert support at every stage.https://t.co/bBuGvnsFlS pic.twitter.com/Z62U8Dap0t

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25/01/24

From the end of your street to the ends of the earth. Open a world of possibilities for children in your area.  Join our high-quality teacher training programme, train locally and start making a difference from day one with expert support at every stage.https://t.co/bBuGvnsFlS pic.twitter.com/Z62U8Dap0t

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19/01/24

What a delicious way to end the week! ☕️ Well done to all pupils who were chosen for Hot Chocolate Friday this week! A very big thank you to our lovely school nurse Hannah for joining us! 💚 pic.twitter.com/QxMthfYqJh

19/01/24

BMAT have partnered with to provide School Centred Initial Teacher Training in Essex and London.Our programme offers PGCE with QTS at Primary and Secondary schools in Epping, Harlow, Stansted Mountfitchet and Newham.https://t.co/Rllv13cdOS pic.twitter.com/HgAkrpNCGz

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19/01/24

BMAT have partnered with to provide School Centred Initial Teacher Training in Essex and London.Our programme offers PGCE with QTS at Primary and Secondary schools in Epping, Harlow, Stansted Mountfitchet and Newham.https://t.co/Rllv13cdOS pic.twitter.com/HgAkrpNCGz

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16/01/24

🎤 Wow! Our choir are having a fantastic time singing their hearts out at the O2 Arena this evening! 🎵 pic.twitter.com/eX4mS2ssGB

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16/01/24

🎵 The Cooks Spinney Choir have arrived at the O2 Arena and are very much looking forward to their exciting day ahead! 🎵 💚 pic.twitter.com/LfLfR3kr5E

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12/01/24

Hot Chocolate Friday is back! 🍫 💚 Well done to all the children who got chosen to enjoy a delicious cup of hot chocolate with SLT today! Keep up the fantastic work! pic.twitter.com/V9HOyZvfbC

12/01/24

📢 We're Hiring! (Harlow) have a vacancy for a Catering Assistant.📄 For a job description and application details, please visit our websitehttps://t.co/orFNmaNUGw

12/01/24

📢 We're Hiring! (Harlow) have a vacancy for a Catering Assistant.📄 For a job description and application details, please visit our websitehttps://t.co/orFNmaNUGw

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05/01/24

It has been so lovely welcoming the children back this week! We’re all very much looking forward to another fantastic term! 💚 pic.twitter.com/RQAn2IP6hg

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Mental Health and Wellbeing


Cooks Spinney takes the mental health of pupils, families and staff seriously. See below for lots of useful resources but remember - if you ever need to talk, we are here for you.  

 

The World Health Organisation defines mental health as follows:

"Mental health is not just the absence of mental disorder. It is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community."

The charity Mind (www.mind.org.uk) also says that:

“In many ways, mental health is just like physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it.”

At Cooks Spinney, our children learn about how to look after their mental health through lessons such as PSHE (Personal, social, health and economic education), RSE (Relationships and sex education), assemblies, in their classroom, on the playground and around the school. 

Good mental health and wellbeing is embedded within our classroom practice and within our school ethos.  Our pupils are able to discuss any issues or worries that they face with their teachers or with our Learning Mentor and can also voice their ideas and concerns by posting a note in our school worry box outside the staff room. 

Children are seen as valued members of our school community who have rights, responsibilities and the potential within to become adaptable, altruistic, articulate, ambitious and adventurous individuals who know how to ask for support for themselves and how to give others support when needed.

We have a dedicated team of adults who are here to support you and your child at school and if you wish to speak to one of us about mental health and wellbeing, please call our school office on 01279 437590 or contact us via email:  admin@bmatcooksspinney.org.uk

 

Mental Health Week 15th-19th May 2023

Pupils learnt about managing anxiety, the main theme behind this year's Mental Health Week, during a whole school assembly and through classroom activities.  Year 4 took part in N.O.W's the time for change (National Online Wellbeing Services) resilience in school workshop.  To find out more from their website and find links to their YouTube channel, click the link below:

https://nowsthetimeforchange.com/

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6-12 February 2023 - Children’s Mental Health Week

6 - 12 February 2023 is Children’s Mental Health Week. The week is run by children’s mental health charity Place2Be to raise awareness of the importance of children and young people’s mental health. This year’s theme is Let’s Connect.  Let’s Connect is about making meaningful connections, and for Children’s Mental Health Week 2023, classes will be learning about connecting with others in healthy, rewarding and meaningful ways.  For more ideas to use at home, please look at the page for parents on the links below.

Top-tips-for-parents-and-carers.pdf

CMH-week-2023-schools.pdf

How to support your child's mental health and wellbeing

Cooks Spinney Primary Academy and Nursery pupils took part in a World Mental Health Day assembly on Monday 10th October.  Here are some ideas we shared to support your child’s mental health and wellbeing.

Please visit the Young Minds website for more ideas and support.

https://www.youngminds.org.uk/

Information for children about mental health:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCrjevx3-Js

 

DIYs for mental health

Sensory bottles for mindfulness

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DF61_2t46pE

Worry balls

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fz5iEBdJM84

Self-soothe boxes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyfgodSSdV4

Mental health and wellbeing events

World Mental Health Day 11th October 2022

Year 4 took part in a mental health and wellbeing workshop run by MIND on World Mental Health Day.  They learnt about the 5 ways to good mental health:  Connect, be active, take notice, keep learning and give.  For more information, follow the link:

https://www.mind.org.uk/workplace/mental-health-at-work/taking-care-of-yourself/five-ways-to-wellbeing/

Other support and activities can be found here:

https://www.youngminds.org.uk/professional/resources/

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Children’s Mental Health Week February 2022

During the week starting on 7th February, Cooks Spinney pupils took part activities to promote children’s mental health on the theme of ‘growing together.’

Year 6 children also participated in workshops provided by the charity MIND this term.

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World Mental Health Day Sunday 10th October 2021

YoungMinds, the children’s mental health charity, organised a #HelloYellow fund raising day to show young people that they're not alone with their mental health.
Pupils wore something yellow on Friday 8th October, made donations to YoungMinds https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cooks-spinney1 and said #HelloYellow in support of children and young people’s mental health. 

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Talking to children who feel anxious about the war in Ukraine

Many children have been affected by world events highlighted recently in the media.  Not all are able to express their worries and need help to make sense of some of the scary images they see or reports that they hear from others.  Here are links to help you to talk about what is happening in the Ukraine:

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/tips-look-after-your-mental-health-during-scary-world-events?utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin

https://www.parents.parentzone.org.uk/morearticles/helping-your-child-cope-with-media-coverage-of-traumatic-events

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/13865002

https://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/wireStory/honesty-reassurance-talk-kids-ukraine-83109979

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/talking-to-your-children-scary-world-news

Place2Be's Parenting Smart site have many useful articles relating to anxiety and sadness:

https://parentingsmart.place2be.org.uk/article/my-child-is-anxious

Ways that you can support families in the Ukraine

Harlow council have listed ways in which locals can help support Ukrainian families.  Please see the link below:

https://www.harlow.gov.uk/news/ukrainian-flag-raised-town-unites-its-support-ukraine

‘Your Harlow’ has published information about local collections for the Ukraine:

https://www.yourharlow.com/2022/03/01/kind-hearted-polish-deli-in-harlow-collecting-vital-supplies-for-ukraine/ 

Wearing Yellow to support World Mental Health Day

To support Young Minds' World Mental Health Day - our pupils were invited to wear yellow for the day, raise funds and raise awareness!

https://www.youngminds.org.uk/support-us/fundraising/helloyellow/ Yellow 5

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