To start the new half term, Runnymede staff (teachers and support staff) welcomed Ann into school for the whole day to offer INSET on 2 key issues:
Talking to Pre-Teens and Their Parents – a spin-off from the ‘Strengthening Families’ programme and SuicideTalk – guidance on increased suicide awareness and creating a safer suicide community.
Both sessions were very well received and found to be both interesting and really relevant to all staff both in their school lives but also in their personal lives and in their wider roles in the community.
Somewhat surprised at the lack of open discussion around the serious societal problem of suicide; staff practised tasing safely, openly and respectfully about this often difficult subject and learned more about the impact death by suicide and suicide behaviours can have on a community. Determined to create a suicide safer community. staff ended the session with promises of small actions they will take to create an environment where honest talk can happen and where help for people at risk of suicide can be accessed easily. #keepsafefornow
The behaviour of children as they become adolescents was the focus of the afternoon session; how adults influence them, how to ensure communication is kept open between teens and adults and different ways of getting the behaviour we want to see. We discussed rewards versus sanctions, family time, effective communication – speaking and listening, problems for teens, building a protective environment for children and thinking about the adolescent brain – why do pre-teens and teens behave the way they do and what can we do about it? Staff came way with a user-friendly pack of advice to give parents and to use themselves to improve adult – child relations. there is also a plan to run a training programme with year 5 / 6 parents and their children thought the year leaning many of the skills from the programme.
O God, we thank you for the life of Edmund Rice.
He opened his heart to Christ present in those oppressed by poverty and injustice.
May we follow his example of faith and generosity.
Grant us the courage and compassion of Edmund as we seek to live lives of love and service.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.