Now in their final year at PGHS, Year 11 have been looking at the new challenges ahead. They have looked at why change is an important part of life, which changes were the most common and what school will do to support them during this time. They discussed these issues in small groups which helped them to realise that they are all in the same situation, yet they can view and manage the changes differently. They are also looking at reframing negative thinking, mental health, stress and exam pressure prior to their mock exams in November. They will then move on to learning about revision skills and completing their college applications. To help them manage any stress, they have filled in a ‘stress container’, a valuable tool that is widely used and recommended by Mental Health First Aid England. It helps them to learn that it can be good to think about things that are causing them stress and how they can manage it. They can then try and work out the things that they can change and the things that are beyond their control, as well as giving them an insight into what can make a difference. Beyond the classroom, students are encouraged to visit the Young Minds website where there is plenty of advice for both parents and students on a variety of mental health topics, including the pressures of school and exams.
As they are in their first few months at PGHS, Year 7 are also experiencing new challenges and big changes. They have looked at the transition to secondary school and their friendships. Like Year 11, each student is different in the way that they manage this transition. They have discussed the thoughts and feelings that they have about secondary school and how to manage them. Additionally, they have spent lots of time with their form, making friends and getting to know each other.
Community Studies Coordinator