This area of the website offers information on staying physically and mentally safe and well, providing links to help and advice.

 

 

Wellbeing Award for Schools

 

 

The Halifax Academy is currently working towards achieving the Wellbeing Award for Schools.

 

The award focuses on ensuring that effective practice and provision is in place which promotes the emotional wellbeing and mental health of staff, pupils and all members of our school community.

 

The verification process will enable us to develop these practices where necessary and help us to ensure that wellbeing is embedded in the long-term culture of our school. It will help us to create an ethos where mental health is regarded as the responsibility of all.

With this award, we will demonstrate our commitment to:

 

  • Promoting mental health as part of everyday school life
  • Improving the emotional wellbeing of our staff, pupils and all members of our school community
  • Ensuring mental health problems are identified early and appropriate support provided
  • Offering provision and interventions that match the needs of our pupils and staff
  • Promoting the importance of mental health awareness
  • Capturing the views of parents, pupils and teachers on mental health issues

 

If you would like any further advice or support from school, please email Mrs George using the address jgeorge@thehalifaxacademy.org

 

Each Wednesday we send wellbeing information, tips and tricks to our students and families, with the aim of helping everyone to look after their wellbeing and to help start those important conversations with each other.

 

Mrs George leads the Wellbeing Team within school. Should you feel that your child needs wellbeing support in school, please contact us by email: office@thehalifaxacademy.org

 

You can view each weekly message by following the links below:

 

Wellbeing Wednesday – Week 1 – What is wellbeing?

Wellbeing Wednesday – Week 2 – The power of sleep

Wellbeing Wednesday – Week 3 – Managing anxious feelings

Wellbeing Wednesday – Week 4 – Wellbeing during exams

Wellbeing Wednesday – Week 5 – Mindfulness

Wellbeing Wednesday – Week 6 – Using social media safely

Wellbeing Wednesday – Week 7 – The importance of water

Wellbeing Wednesday – Week 8 – Maintaining personal hygiene

Wellbeing Wednesday – Week 9 – How our food affects our minds

Wellbeing Wednesday – Week 10 – How to act in an emergency

Wellbeing Wednesday – Week 11 – Happiness

Wellbeing Wednesday – Week 12 – Coping with exams

Wellbeing Wednesday – Week 13 – Kooth

Staying fit and well during Covid-19

The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has had a negative impact on the mental health of many of us, causing fear, loneliness, anxiety and other intense emotions. During difficult times such as these, it is really important to take care of your mind as well as your body. There are many organisations offering advice and help for those struggling to cope.

 

Our physical health has a big impact on how we feel. It is very important to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water and exercise regularly. Exercise improves both physical and mental health; being active helps lower stress hormones such as cortisol and promotes the release of feel-good hormones, such as endorphins, thereby helping us to relax.

Safeguarding during Covid-19

The unusual and difficult circumstances that we find ourselves in means that some people are at greater risk of isolation and forms of abuse such as neglect or domestic violence. With social distancing keeping us apart, it’s more important than ever to look out for each other, to report anything that doesn’t feel right, and to speak up if we need support. If you would like to speak to a member of staff, please visit our Safeguarding page. You can also find information about external organisations who can help by exploring the links on this page.