Apple Distinguished School Award

Today, in North America, it is Digital Learning Day. (In Scotland we celebrate National Digital Learning Week in May so look out for upcoming events…) Digital learning plays an essential part in the life of Tynecastle High School where students and staff make effective and innovative use of digital technologies to enhance learning and teaching. We’ve released a new book in the Apple Book Store detailing many of the ways our students and staff use digital learning. You can view or download our book by tapping on this link on any iOS device.

Our new book was also part of our application to be re-recognised as an Apple Distinguished School, a recognition we are delighted to have achieved again, and in fact the only school in Scotland to hold it at this time. This is down to the fantastic work our students and staff do to make sure we improve and innovate wherever possible to achieve the best outcomes for learning. Our use of digital technologies and our 1:1 Digital Learning programme is one of the ways in which we do this. It is exciting to continue to be a part of this global community and learn from and share practice with school across the world.

Opportunities to experience what digital learning looks like at Tynecastle will be available for parents and carers nearer Digital Learning Week in May 2019.

Ready for a rest? Happy Holidays!

Children’s Mental Health Week is coming to a close, and as the school holiday approaches, today in school we have been focussing on the role of sleep in keeping ourselves Healthy: Inside and Out. New research from Place2Be shows that sleep is connected with worrying: of the 1,100 10-11 and 13-15 year-olds who were surveyed in this new research, those who slept fewer than 9 hours per night were more likely to say they often don’t know what to do when they are worried — and that once they start worrying, they cannot stop.

With that in mind, we wish you all a safe and restful holiday – with plenty of sleep, if that’s what you need. And don’t forget that, after the holiday,  Place2Be staff will still be on hand to support students, families and staff with everything to do with mental health and emotional wellbeing – including issues around sleep. Contact Sarah Haywood, our Place2Be School Project Manager, for more information. Happy holidays!

It’s Time to Talk!

A big shout out this Children’s Mental Health Week to our friends at Time To Change – a social movement that aims to end mental health stigma and discrimination, so that we can all feel comfortable to seek help with our mental health if and when we need it. Today they celebrate their annual Time To Talk Day, encouraging people around the country to get involved in conversations about mental health and emotional wellbeing. This year, Time To Talk is all about getting together the right ingredients for a conversation about mental health – whether that’s tea and biscuits with a close friend, or a roomful of students colleagues having a chance to challenge mental health stigma together.

Here at Tynecastle High School, we believe that talking with people we trust is one of the key ingredients in keeping ourselves Healthy: Inside and Out, especially when life gets more challenging. All students at Tynecastle High School (from S1 through to S6) can access Place2Talk, our self-referral service where young people can come to speak with a trained Counsellor about whatever is on their mind.

Parents and carers too can find support in school from Place2Be, through Parent Partnership sessions and our Parent Counsellor. For more information, contact Place2Be’s School Project Manager, Sarah Haywood.