Friday 17th July, 2020

Good afternoon everyone,

I’m writing this from home, feeling rather down in the dumps and upset that you are leaving!

First of all, I want to congratulate you all on finishing Year 6. We hope you have enjoyed your time at Allerton, and despite this rather different year, reflect positively on your time here. You have all talked about your experiences at our school over the last few weeks and I have enjoyed listening and sharing stories.

I think those of us that were returning to school were all a little worried six weeks ago, but I have to say that it has been a fantastic last term, with lots of fun, learning and laughter. Your incredible behaviour and attention to detail whilst following the health safety rules has made it a joy to be in school; whilst it has been a challenging period, I will miss this time that we have shared together.

For those of you that did not return to school, a huge well done for keeping up with your online learning and for staying in touch. It is super difficult doing the majority of your learning on a computer screen… A lot of teachers have found it challenging too! I have enjoyed how creative you have got with projects and how you have taken your learning outside.

One thing I am confident about is that you will all be brilliant at secondary school and that your new teachers will be extremely lucky to have you.

You know where we are if you ever need anything and good luck with your next steps. Please feel free to drop a comment below.

Mr Kay 🙂

P.S – Our Google Classroom will remain over the summer… Feel free to annoy me on there!

Animal Collage Inspiration

Year 6 graduation

‘It was a real privilege to be able to see so many of our year 6 students this morning, as we celebrated their time with us and said goodbye. As staff, we are always so proud when we get to the end of year 6; always with a tear or two to shed! But this year was even more precious, as we were able to see so many that we have not seen for months. 

Mr Kay and Miss Hall did a wonderful job, organising the event and lots of other staff assisted too.

We were delighted to be able to award Liam and Chloe as our Barbara Armstrong Award winners. They both were presented with a £50 note and will receive a trophy and the plaque in the entrance will be engraved with their names. This is a real honour and you can see on the website the criteria for this award.

Mr Moore put together another of his outstanding films, with the music and photos synced so beautifully. How does he do it!? Well, that is why we call him Mr Magic after all!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents of our Y6 students, as you have been a tremendous support over the years. We have journeyed together and it has been quite a journey!

Wishing you all the very best.

Helen Stott

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Kooth counselling and mental health services

Hello all!

We just wanted to make you aware of kooth.com, a free, safe online community and counselling site for children and young people.

Kooth.com is available in your area, commissioned by your local NHS clinical commissioning group or Local Authority. It is available to children and young people in 77% of CCGs in England and look after 500k children and young people every year.

They are hugely aware of the impact of COVID 19 on our year 6 children. We have launched a specific transition campaign for year 6 children which you can find here. Kooth.com is available 365 days per year with live counselling available 12 until 10pm everyday.

What is Kooth?

Kooth.com is a free online mental health platform for children and young people. It is free for young people to access the service, no referral is needed and by creating an online profile young people remain anonymous whilst accessing direct counselling, and/or browsing the site for self-help information and guidance. The whole site is fully safeguarded and pre-moderated.

Our multi-professional team includes BACP accredited counsellors, media workers (who moderate site content) and senior emotional well- being practitioners who are supported by a management team working to a clear clinical and quality governance framework.

XenZone has robust safeguarding practice which is robustly overseen by our senior clinical and safeguarding team. This ensures kooth.com is a safe, supportive and accessible service for young people in a non- stigmatising environment.

Who is Kooth for?

Any year 6 students or secondary students that may need support with their mental health. They don’t need a referral or parental permission.The service is anonymous and fully safeguarded.

Noone can create a username, post a comment or create content without our team approving it. We work with young people who may be interested in exploring mental wellbeing – right through to those with ongoing mental health needs that may use us alongside or instead of traditional services face to face and CAMHS services.

Chromebooks in Year 6

  1. What have you enjoyed about having access to a class set of Chromebooks in Year 6?
  2. How have they helped your learning?
  3. Would it have helped to have been able to take these home? Why?

Thanks,

Mr Kay & Miss Hall