Happy Children’s Mental Health Week!

Tynecastle High School is pleased to be supporting Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week 2018 (5-11 February).

The theme this year is ‘Being Ourselves’. Sadly, some children and young people can find it difficult to view themselves in a positive way, with low self-esteem affecting more than 8 in 10 of the pupils who have Place2Be’s one-to-one support. That is why this Children’s Mental Health Week, Place2Be is encouraging children and young people to celebrate their uniqueness and feel comfortable with who they are.

Whilst we cannot always change a child’s situation, helping them to have a positive view of themselves can help them to cope with life’s challenges. Recognising the different qualities of others can also help us to connect with those around us – which is vital for our own and others’ wellbeing!

We’ve had some great opportunities in school this week to Be Ourselves and have fun with others:

  • On Monday, local singer-songwriter Caro Overy led an after-school singing workshop for everyone in the Tynecastle High School Community
  • On Tuesday, students and staff showed us their best moves in a dancing flashmob at lunch time
  • Linking in with Safer Internet Day on Tuesday, parents and carers who came to our evening event were invited to think about how we can support young people to Be Themselves in the digital world, and make sure they get their Digital 5-a-day
  • Young people worked with our librarian Mr Mackenzie on Wednesday to make some fantastic art work about what they share and what they don’t share online
  • Friday’s tutor time will give students across the whole school a chance to think about what ‘Being Ourselves’ means to them

 Get involved
Find more information and share Place2Be’s resources for parents, teachers and youth groups at www.ChildrensMentalHealthWeek.org.uk

Sarah Haywood, Place2Be

Safer Internet Day 2018

Today – Tuesday the 6th of February – is Safer Internet Day and will be celebrated around the world. Come along to Tynecastle High School this evening, 6pm-7pm, and find out how we can support our young people in their digital lives today.

Hear from a range of folks across the Tynecastle learning community, including our Place2Be project manager Sarah Haywood, with hints, tips and resources to take away. Find out more about how we use digital technologies to support and enhance learning at Tynecastle.

No need to book – see you there! All parents and carers from students at Tynecastle and our associated primaries welcome.

Follow the UK Safer Internet Centre on Twitter @UK_SIC

Singing Workshop for Children’s Mental Health Week

Come and join a singing workshop on Monday 5th February 3.30pm-4.30pm at Tynecastle High School, in celebration of Children’s Mental Health Week. No singing or musical experience needed, everybody welcome!

Children’s Mental Health Week (5-11 Feb 2018) is an annual campaign to raise awareness of children and young people’s mental health. This year’s theme is ‘Being Ourselves’, and what better way to express ourselves than through music? This event is free and open to everybody in the Tynecastle High School community: students, parents and carers, school staff, and also those in our cluster primary schools (Dalry, Balgreen, Stenhouse and Craiglockhart).

Singing will be led by Caro Overy. Caro is a choir leader, singer, and songwriter who enjoys sharing songs old and new from around the world to help people connect and have fun through singing. She is a trained Natural Voice practitioner with experience in a range of community and healthcare settings, and leads Edinburgh’s folk and roots community choir Castle Chorus.

For more information about this event, please contact Sarah Haywood (Place2Be School Project Manager) but please do just come along!

For more information about Children’s Mental Health Week (and how you can get involved), visit https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/