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24/03/21

Please join us at 4pm today we have a 'Talk for parents on Mental Health' on the 24th March from 4-5pm by Celina Grant – Mental Health Nurse and Wellbeing Consultant. https://t.co/5eOs1lXtmi

22/03/21

After a successful testing programme at school students should now be completing their lateral flow tests at home. Please see link for guidance. https://t.co/UfnujLkesR

18/03/21

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Talk for parents on Mental Health on the 24th March from 4-5pm by Celina Grant – Mental Health Nurse and Wellbeing Consultant https://t.co/5eOs1lFRXI

18/03/21

We are delighted to have been loaned these masks from the Handling Collection , including Sowei mask, Gelede helmet mask & Walu mask. Year 8 students will be so excited to see the masks they have been learning about during online learning. https://t.co/Cf7A3LJCng

12/03/21

Our final day! After our talk in Pharmaceuticals yesterday by Ms Pang and Wednesday's Aeronautics session by Mr Tinago, today's speaker Ms Mckenzie, a Nurse working in mental health! Invictus students & staff can access the session from 4 pm via Teams! https://t.co/jtzS9FVDDY

11/03/21

Talk for parents on Mental Health on the 24th March from 4-5pm by Celina Grant – Mental Health Nurse and Wellbeing Consultant https://t.co/5eOs1lFRXI

09/03/21

Today's second speaker is Steven Markham and he will be taking the virtual stage at 4 pm! He will be discussing his work and career as an automotive engineer! Invictus students & staff can access the session from 4 pm via their Teams! Join us for today's Q&A! https://t.co/av5V9bYw5w

08/03/21

Today is the first of our sessions with Navaratnam Partheeban, a British Farm Vetenarian and co-founder of the British Veterinary Ethnicity & Diversity Society! Invictus students & staff can access the session from 4 pm via their Teams! Join us for a Q&A! https://t.co/zOeBQhhDJX

08/03/21

It was great to see our students back to the Academy for their first COVID test - 85% of Year 11 students tested. Keeping our community safe. https://t.co/tU6QvIbGNj

05/03/21

Happy Science Week! British Science Week officially starts today! We look forward to celebrating it on Monday and all of next week! Exciting activities in store including our virtual Speaker in STEM series! https://t.co/9MUPhhPt82

04/03/21

We are looking forward to the return of our students to the Academy next week. Please watch for texts/emails, we will keep you up to date with any information you will need. Please remember consent forms! Thank you for all your support. https://t.co/3cLXojszeh

26/02/21

45 of our more able Key Stage 3 students are currently in a Teams meeting with Dr Matt Williams from Oxford University discussing what university is and why it might be the right choice for them when they are older. https://t.co/wPeAZrF2ep

11/02/21

Today, the Science Department are celebrating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science! Students are also sharing their thoughts on why celebrating Women in Science is important! https://t.co/unuOc4KbEn

09/02/21

Introducing Mr Harris and Mr Invictus, two fantastic snowmen created by Asia in Year 7. Brilliant! https://t.co/UZL14S7p81

08/02/21

Please click on picture for Young Croydon Half term Programme. https://t.co/oTgimbLo5K

08/02/21

Lekshmi in Year 9 has produced an amazing presentation titled 'The History of Space Flight' after one of her feedback lessons in Science. Such detail and effort went into producing this fantastic piece of work! Ms Cullen and the Science team say, "Well Done Lekshmi!" https://t.co/GplriGcRJS

01/02/21

Bedrock Learning - The programme is a broad and rich curriculum which immerses students in academic vocabulary, whilst ensuring learners read interesting fiction and non-fiction texts’ Please encourage your son/daughter to use at home. See link : https://t.co/m5pH3x5ItB https://t.co/ihfd52gXNe

01/02/21

Parents/Carers/students - don't forget to check out the Bedrock learning resources! Introduction link https://t.co/WifV2v19Qy Guide for Parents https://t.co/m5pH3x5ItB https://t.co/SN0PU3neqh

30/01/21

Here at Invictus we are passionate about supporting the mental health of our students. We have been utilizing online platforms such as Microsoft Teams to offer students a range of techniques to support their mental wellbeing. https://t.co/jNyJC80gMa

22/01/21

Thank you for this beautiful art work by Emilia. Work from Ms Derby's Year 7 art class - creating art work by reading a description of a mythical being and using written clues to create a visual representation. Well done! https://t.co/5yizHAhzfs

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Introduction and useful links for parents and carers, including supporting your child's mental health and wellbeing

Dear Parents and Carers

This page of the web site will provide you with the details you need to understand what we consider to be the most important information to share with you. We hope this is helpful in giving you the essential information.

The government has also published advice for parents and carers on supporting their child's emotional and mental wellbeing during the pandemic:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

I am sure you know but it is worth re-stating that it is vitally important that your child does not attend the Academy if they have any of the COVID 19 symptoms, any member of your household has the symptoms, or if your child has been in immediate contact with any person who has symptoms, or if your child  has returned from a country on the Government Travel restrictions website.

If your child has been exposed to anyone with confirmed symptoms or you have returned from a country on the list of travel restrictions then you must remain at home and call the Academy for further guidance.

Main symptoms

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.

We have prepared a powerpoint for our parents, students and staff. We hope that the slides are easy to understand and use. Please read this powerpoint.

There is a slide for:

- what to do if your child, you or a member of your household develops symptoms at home

- what we will do if your child develops symptoms when attending the academy

- how we will deal with any positive cases, including liaising with the local health protection teams.

Support for parents of vulnerable students, including those with Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities

Jamila Astwood is leading the SEND team during this time and so please email her on j.astwood@harrisinvictus.org.uk if you have any questions and/or queries.

Please note that there is some useful help and advice available for parents to help support children with special educational needs during the crisis. This includes:

https://www.specialneedsjungle.com/calming-coronavirus-anxiety-children-everyone-else/#Update

Top tips for autism and coronavirus: https://petervermeulen.be/2020/03/16/autism-and-the-corona-virus-20-tips/

The Croydon local offer, updated for Covid-19 can be accessed on:

https://localoffer.croydon.gov.uk/kb5/croydon/directory/home.page

The Harris Invictus Academy Support email

We have created a bespoke email for parents and students to use during the crisis. It is:

invictussupport@harrisinvictus.org.uk

We will prioritise dealing with any concerns in relation to our vulnerable group of students, but we have a team of staff who will monitor and check any information coming into the email.

 Other sources of support and guidance

We are conscious that online learning and students using more internet resources may bring some additional worries. Our staff have received updated training and protocols on safeguarding at this time. We are confident that our use of technology is safe.

However, you may find the following particularly useful:

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

The college have identified a range of useful websites and information to help parents and children at this time. The website can be found here: https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/resources/covid-19-resources-parents-carers

The webpage can also be downloaded as a pdf here: https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/sites/default/files/generated-pdf/document/COVID-19---resources-for-parents-and-carers.pdf

Stay at home activities for children and young people
https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/resources/stay-home-activities-children-young-people

 Young Minds – advice for young people on coronavirus

https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/

 Mind – advice for adults on protecting their mental health and well-being

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

 The NHS

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

And a reminder of help for staying safe online – you may wish to discuss this with your child too:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-keeping-children-safe-online/coronavirus-covid-19-support-for-parents-and-carers-to-keep-children-safe-online?utm_source=25%20February%202021%20C19&utm_medium=Daily%20Email%20C19&utm_campaign=DfE%20C19

Childline

https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/bullying-abuse-safety/online-mobile-safety/staying-safe-online/

BBC

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/findoutmore/help-me-out-staying-safe-online

NSPCC

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

If you have any questions or need support – please do use our support email stated above. We are here to help! 

 

Lisa Kattenhorn

Acting Principal