Issue 24 - 13 March 2020

 

Issue 24 - 13 March 2020

 

Next Monday, 16 March, there will be a drop-in session between 1.00pm and 2.30pm.

Two members of the Education Psychology Team will be available to any parents / carers and family who would like to ask them questions about supporting children and young people with issues around grief, bereavement and associated issues. There are also some resources attached to this Bulletin which I hope you may find useful.

Mrs J Rigby—Headteacher


In Loving Memory of Nathan Hill

This week we learnt of the sad passing of Nathan Hill, one of our Year 14 pupils.  Nathan passed away on Saturday 7th March and had been at Meadow High since Year 7.

Nathan suffered from a serious and progressive neuro-muscular condition throughout his life. He faced the many challenges this presented with courage and a determination to live his life to the full. Our sincere condolences, love and support go to his carers, Mum and wider family at this sad time. 

He was a very well-liked young man by all who knew him and he made a lasting impression in our hearts. Nathan aspired to become a taxi driver, loved Harry Potter, The Chase and talking about these with staff and his friends. 

In the words of Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban "Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

I would like to personally thank all the students of Meadow High School for the empathy, compassion and maturity shown during this challenging time. They have risen above and far exceeded our expectations in the way in which they have conducted themselves and supported one another and staff. 

Some fond memories I have of Nathan are: the big grin he had on his face when he was on stage during the pantomime in December; him dressed in his best clothing at Prom; his infectious smile and unwavering       optimism; his positive outlook on life; Nathan dressed in his Gryffindor robes ‘sorting’ staff into their houses with his sorting hat as part of our World Book Day celebrations.

Miss A Willis
Assistant Head, Pathway 1


 

Nathan

You brought so much happiness,
to everyone you knew
So many friends and teaching staff,
The list an endless hue.

 

Meadow is like a family,
A place that’s full of joy,
We watched you grow into a man,
From such a little boy.

 

And through those years,
We got to know a very special soul,
one that spread so much love,
with a caring nature too.

 

So many hearts are breaking,
Because you’ve gone away,
There are no words to comfort,
But this I’d like to say.

 

Thank you for the joy you gave,
And the memories you made,
You shone a light into our lives,
That light will never fade.

 

For it will glow like a star,
In all the hearts you touched,
You’ll always be remembered,
And missed so very much.

 


On Thursday 5th March, Year 9 visited Dr Choc's in Windsor as part of their Geography topic 'Rainforests'.

The students took part in an educational session learning about the importance of fair trade and organic chocolate. The students were encouraged to consider the deforestation of rainforests for palm oil and looked at home it affects the sustainability of cocoa farms. The students were able to taste different chocolates and each made 3 bars, each of which they could decorate and fill with yummy treats! 

"the trip was awesome and the chocolate was delicious" Azhaar 9BA

Ms Bergin—Faculty Lead, Humanities

 


 

Understanding Your Child’s Reactions And How You Can Help

When a child or young person experiences a traumatic incident it can be very upsetting for them and for you. Even though the event is over your child may still be experiencing reactions to it. It is normal for children and young people to be upset after such a happening. It is unlikely that they have experienced such an event before and so their reaction may be challenging for you. 

Their reaction may last a few days, a few weeks or longer. Reassurance, understanding and support from you, along with their teachers and their friends can help them to cope. 

Here are some common reactions to a traumatic incident. You might have noticed some of these. 

THINKING FEELINGS 

  • Confused 
  • Worried 
  • Nightmares/bad dreams 
  • Guilty 
  • Poor concentration 
  • Anxious 
  • Restless 
  • Fearful 
  • Not interested in what is going on 
  • Easily upset 
  • Spending a lot of time thinking about what happened 
  • Cross 
  • Panicky 
  • Thinking that they cannot cope 
  • Overwhelmed 

 

BEHAVIOURS PHYSICAL COMPLAINTS 

  • Loss of appetite 
  • Feeling tired all the time 
  • Being very quiet 
  • Unable to rest or settle 
  • Nervous 
  • Feeling sick/knot in tummy 
  • Being quarrelsome/arguing 
  • Cold and shivery 

 

REMEMBER 

1. These are normal reactions. 

2. The reactions should lessen in time normally over the next few weeks. 

3. If you continue to have concerns some more specialist help may be needed. Talk to your doctor about this. 

 

HELPING YOUR CHILD 

It is important that you are strong enough to bear whatever your child wants to talk about and to answer their questions. 

 

DO                 

  • Take time to listen and answer questions. 
     
  • Be honest in your explanations and in showing your own sadness or grief. Let them know their feelings are important.
     
  • Give plenty of reassurance and affection. Let them know you love them and will be there for them.
     
  • Keep to routines and patterns as much as possible. 
     
  • Time with friends and playmates enables them to release anxiety about incidents over which they have no control.     
     
  • Be aware that changes such as clinging or aggressive behaviour or physical problems may be an expression of grief. 
     
  • Take things one day at a time. 

 

DO NOT 

  • Try to hide your own sadness or grief  but try not to overwhelm them with your emotions. 
     
  • Tell your child not to worry or be sad. They cannot control their feelings. 
     
  • Feel like you have to have all the answers  or get it right all the time. 
     
  • Be surprised at your child’s ability to  set grief aside and alternate between sadness and happiness. 


 

Letters Home

 

Letter to whole school

Understanding your child’s reactions and how you can help.

 

Letter to selected pupils

After School Club Confirmation

 

Letter to selected pupils

Leadership Opportunity—Pinkwell

 

Letter to selected pupils

Leadership Opportunity—St Andrews

 

Letter to selected pupils

South London Special League

 

Letter to Pathway 1 Pupils

Spring Tea Party

 

Letter to selected pupils

Under 16s Middlesex FA Tournament

 

School Lunches

 

Week: 16-20 March 2020
Week 1
Spring/Summer Menu

 

Upcoming Events

 

Monday 16 March 2020

Drop–in session for parents/carers

Education Psychology Service—see Bulletin

Between 1pm—2.30pm

 

Wednesday 18 March 2020

ASD Coffee morning—11.15am

 

Thursday 19 March 2020

Dyspraxia Coffee Morning—10am

 

Monday 30 March—Friday  3 April 2020

Residential Trip to Devon (selected pupils)

 

Monday 30 March – Friday 3 April 2020

World Autism Week

 

Friday 3 April 2020

Spectrum Non–Uniform Day

Wear your favourite colour for a donation of £1.00 in aid of the National Autistic Society

 

Friday 3 April 2020

Last day of term—school finishes 2pm

 

4-19 April 2020

EASTER HOLIDAY

 

Monday 20 April 2020

Back to school—9am start

 

Wednesday 22 April 2020

ASD Coffee Morning 11.15am

 

Friday 8 May 2020

National Bank Holiday (VE Day )

 

Thursday 14 May 2020

Dyspraxia Coffee Morning—10am

 

Friday 15 May 2020

School Photographer—Class photos

 

Wednesday 20 May 2020

ASD Coffee Morning—11.15am