SUPPORT FOR OUR FAMILIES
For 2017-18 partnerships with families is part of our whole school improvement plan. We will be working with a number of external family support charities on this. We have also set up a Family Facebook Page whereby we share information/events that may be beneficial to our families and information that relates to school life.
We held our third parent coffee morning took place on Friday, 9th March 2018 with Sara and Atakan at St Lukes Community Centre. Although some parents were unable to attend due to their children being off school the morning was beneficial in that parents shared knowledge and information regarding back care, the difficulties in carrying out personal care with a growing child, to the subject of holiday's and a parent sharing that there are charitable organisations that can help with funding. We then shared this information with some links via our school community facebook page so all parents could access this information.
On Friday, 18th May we hosted our Mental Health/Mindfulness morning with Martyna and Direct Action Project. Martyna is one of our 6th form teachers who also practices Mindfulness within the school with both students and staff alike. Following on from discussions at our coffee mornings the session focussed on stress and the links between daily life stress, aniexty and depression and the impact of bereavement on mental health. The feedback from the morning was that the discussion really began to flow
during an exercise discussing stress, anxiety, depression and bereavement prompting the group to share their difficult situations. Despite the parents having not met before, everyone was very supportive of each other and encouraged those have not already been to join the regular coffee mornings.
The mindfulness taster really helped to lift everyone's spirits after the emotive session and received lots of positive feedback. Parents remained afterwards to chat and exchange phone numbers with a view to attending the coffee morning on 8th June!
We held our fourth coffee morning on Friday, 8th June and as well as "our regulars" we welcomed some new faces too. It was good to hear a "Dad's" experience and hope to see more Dad's at the next session. We hope to fit another morning in before the end of term.
In September we hope to run a training session alongside Whittington Health for parents around gastrostomy feeding and medication administration, watch this space.
Awards Night 2018
Our Awards Night was a resounding success with families enjoying the beautiful weather prior to the ceremony beginning. We served drinks and canapés outside before the ceremony started at 6pm. It was a wonderful night which saw our young people's hard work and endeavours rewarded.
We are in the process of reviewing pictures from the evening and will be providing a link shortly.
Summer Fete 2018
CENTRE 404 are continuing their weekly parental "Drop In" sessions at Golden Lane Campus, Whitecross Street, London EC1Y 8JA. They will take place between 9.30am and 11.30am every Thursday and have now been running since September 2016. These sessions are open to parents/carers across all London Boroughs, not just Islington residents.
Wrap Around Childcare
If you are interested in requesting Wraparound Childcare, please complete the form below and return it to the school office by 22nd June 2018.