Events At a Glance

24/04/2020 School Nurse update - please see Our News page 24/04/2020
29/04/2020 COVID-19 updates - please see Our News page: updated 23/06/2020
01/05/2020 HEADTEACHER LETTERS - please see Our News/Letters page: updated 17/07/2020
28/06/2020 School Cleaner Required - please see our vacancy page

OUR NEWS

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

UPDATED 23/06/2020

Live Streaming has become one of the most popular aspects of social media for young people. Young people’s exposure and use of livestreams has increased during lockdown. 


Live Streaming apps are the focus of the latest CEOP activity pack for young people (age 14+) 


https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/home-activity-worksheets/  


While this video guide for parents & carers explores the potential risks of livestreaming and contains practical advice to keep children safe.

 

https://youtu.be/6S5cFxoTATs   

 

 

NSPCC COVID-19 Webinar

NSPCC Learning has released a webinar sharing expertise and guidance on supporting children, young people and their families during the coronavirus pandemic. With insights and practical advice on the steps you can take to protect and support children and families from harm during the coronavirus pandemic.

Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LUowLH6fI0&feature=youtu.be


Nude Image Support for Parents

Inappropriate image sharing - It can be difficult for a parent to find images such as nude selfies on their child's phone and know what steps to take. Please refer to the CEOP "Parents Guide to Nude Selfies" to support parents. 

Guide here:  https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/nude-selfies-a-parents-guide/  

Online Support for Placements & Carers

Our next virtual support session for placement staff and carers is due to take place on Thursday 18th June at 10am. It will be held via Google Meet. The virtual support sessions will provide care placement staff/carers the opportunity to receive direct support from our team regarding MFH & CE.

Should you be interested please email Kellie.Hendley@wearewithyou.org.uk for further details. 

 

Lockdown Changes: MFH Support for Parents/Carers 

In collaboration with our colleagues in Cheshire Police we have created a one page briefing for parents and carers providing guidance and support to prevent MFH, the appropriate steps to take before reporting a young person missing, in addition to key Online Safety & Child Exploitation resources (see attached).

 

 

 

Mental Health Awareness Week 18-24th May, 2020

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/sites/default/files/MHAW20-Supporter-Pack_Final.pdf

Visyon wellbeing activities w/c 11/05/2020

Visyon wellbeing activities w/c 18/05/2020

 

Coronavirus advice in 20 different languages (added 29/04/2020)

https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/coronavirus-information/

 

ThinkNinja has been updated with specific COVID-19 content.  This will bring self-help knowledge and skills to children and young people (10-18 years old) who may be experiencing increased anxiety and stress during the crisis.  This can be downloaded as an app or visit the website: https://www/healios.org.uk/services/thinkninja1 

We hope you find this useful. (added 29/04/2020)

 

SCHOOL NURSE (added 24/04/2020) 

The school nurse service is still available for contact, advice and support under Covid-19 telephone guidance. Crewe school nurses can be contacted via the non-emergency duty desk number 03001234578 which is manned at Eaglebridge Monday-Friday 9-5.00pm.  Thank you.

The Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health advice for parents/carers poster (added 22/04/2020)

Deparment for Education: updated guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings (added 17/04/2020)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers

 

Mental Health Helpline - 0300 303 3972 (added April 2020)

Local NHS Trust, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership (CWP), has launched a new mental health helpline for residents of Cheshire West, Cheshire East and Wirral.

Open 24 hours a day, seven-days a week, it is open to people of all ages including children and young people who need urgent mental health support.

What to do if you need urgent mental health help:

  • Please call 0300 303 3972 and our dedicated local NHS staff will support you to access the help you need;
  • The helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is open to people of all ages – including children and young people;
  • The helpline is now the first port of call for mental health help – it is operated by people in your local area who will know how best to support you. If you call NHS111 you may have to wait longer for help and will be re-directed to this local service – so call 0300 303 3972;
  • Please note, A&E and 999 are not the best places to get help for the majority of mental health problems – call 0300 303 3972 to be directed to the best local service to support you;
  • You should still call 999 or go to A&E if you have an immediate, life-threatening emergency requiring mental or physical health assistance;
  • For non-urgent help and general wellbeing advice, the CWP website contains information and links to resources to support people with anxiety, low mood, and worries relating to the current Covid-19 pandemic www.cwp.nhs.uk
  • For children and young people there is also a dedicated website MyMind.org.uk

 

Recommendations of resources and tips to support parents during the current COVID-19 outbrea (added April 2020) 

CEOP is a well known and valuable child exploitation resource bank. Given current circumstances they are releasing a new activity pack every 2 weeks to support parents to deliver online safety activities with children at a time when they will be spending more time online at home. 

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/home-activity-worksheets/  

At present many parents will be juggling childcare with working from home. Top tips for parents working from home:

https://www.barnardos.org.uk/blog/tips-parents-working-home-barnardos-colleagues   

The NSPCC has created an information and advice resource for parents/careers of young people with anxiety about Coronavirus. 

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/childrens-mental-health/depression-anxiety-mental-health  

Professionals, parents and young people can be directed to the Young Addaction Pan Cheshire social media pages for daily updates, resources, tips and support

 

https://www.facebook.com/Pan-Cheshire-Missing-and-Child-Exploitation-Service-1039465136264241

https://twitter.com/PanCheshireMFH  

 

EHCYP support during COVID-19 (added April 2020)

(Emotionally Healthy  Children & Young People’s Service)

https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/13865002

https://www.mymind.org.uk/resources/mood/stress/children-and-young-people/

 

Information for Parents and Families  (added March 2020)

Cheshire East Consultation Service

Do you have a concern about a child?

The Cheshire East Consultation Service (ChECS) is the ‘front door' for access to services, support and advice for children and their families, from early help and support through to safeguarding and child protection.

Phone ChECS on 0300 123 5012 (option 3) Callers will be directed to a Unit Coordinator who will ask if the concerns are early help or safeguarding. You will then be directed to either Practitioner Support Officer (EHB) for Early Help concerns or a Social Worker (ChECS) for safeguarding concerns. The worker will gather your information and advice you of the next step.

If you need to contact someone out of hours and you believe it to be an emergency that can't wait, please call our Emergency Duty Team on 0300 123 5022.

Organisations that can offer Support and Advice

Cheshire East Live Well

https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/livewell/livewell.aspx

 

Citizens Advice Bureau Cheshire East : 03444 111 444

Website: https://www.citizensadvicece.org.uk/

Crewe Branch 01270 303 003- No advice can be given out using this line)

 

CEDAH: Cheshire East Domestic Abuse Hub

CEDAH is a 24 hour point of contact for anyone experiencing domestic abuse or anyone concerned for others. 

CEDAH provides information, a helpline and onward referral for any family member - adults who are harmed and those who are hurting others as well as children and young people. People are assessed according to risk and need and the right combination of services is put in place for the whole family.

0300 123 5101 or 999 in an emergency

(text number only) 07777 941464

cedah@cheshireeast.gcsx.gov.uk

 

 

 

CAMHS

https://www.mymind.org.uk/

 

Mind

A charity providing information and support for people affected by mental health issues

https://www.mind.org.uk/

Mind Have helplines open Mon- Fri 9-6 (Excluding bank holidays):

For information on mental health issues, including where you can get help in your area, Wellbeing Support Available to Students and Parents

 

KOOTH

KOOTH is a free online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop.

https://www.kooth.com

 

World Health Organisation 

Mental Health Considerations during COVID-19 Outbreak

https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/mental-health-considerations.pdf?sfvrsn=6d3578af_2

 

Anxiety UK

Health And Other Forms Of Anxiety And Coronavirus

https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/blog/health-and-other-forms-of-anxiety-and-coronavirus/

 

Covid-19 And Anxiety - Part 2

https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/blog/covid-19-and-anxiety-part2/

 

Mind

Coronavirus And Your Wellbeing

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

 

Unicef

How To Talk To Children About Coronavirus

https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/how-talk-your-child-about-coronavirus-covid-19

 

https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/how-teachers-can-talk-children-about-coronavirus-disease-covid-19

 

OCD UK
OCD and Coronavirus Top Tips

https://www.ocduk.org/ocd-and-coronavirus-top-tips/

 2019 / 2020 news updates

ROME TRIP UPDATE

Due to the current situation with the coronavirus, Ruskin Community High School has made the decision not to run the trip to Rome next week.  This decision hasn't been taken lightly, and although students and staff will be disappointed, the school feels it has made the right decision under the current circumstances.  The safety of students and staff is of paramount importance.

We will ensure that the trip runs in the near future when any risks have been eradicated and it is safe to travel.

Thanks to staff, parents and students for their support in this matter.

Mrs Brett

Headteacher 

 

 

 

CORONAVIRUS

With regards to the current outbreak of Coronavirus, which started in China in January, we are asking all parents/carers to be aware of the advice given from the Government and Local Authority.

For the most up-to-date advice, always refer to Department of Health guidance with is regularly updated:

www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public#situationin-the-uk

We have placed the following poster around the school:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/866771/Coronavirus_advice_for_education_settings_poster.pdf

 

Previous Posts

The SLT at Ruskin are excited to welcome back all or students after the Summer break. We have an exciting year ahead following our best ever GCSE results.

 

Huge Congratulations to "Team Keele" who were the overall Yr9  winners from 8 schools at the Keele University Enterprise day and also Team  "University of social studies" who were the overall Yr10 winners. They have all worked so hard and their behaviour and attitude were expemplary.

 

Ruskin High has a good link with our local police force. We want to work together to make our community a great place to live and work. With this in mind we are holding our first police drop in on Tuesday, 19th March over lunchtime - 1.10pm to 1.50pm. Any student or member of staff is welcome to call in and chat to one of our local police officers.

 

 'Class of 2019' prom will this year be held at Crewe Hall on Wednesday 26th June


On the 14th December 2018 some year 9 and year 10 GCSE Food Preperation and Nutrition students hosted a coffeee morning for local senior citizens. The year 10 students made mince pies and the year 9 students practiced their communication skills by serving coffee and warm mince pies to our guests. Our school choir performed some christmas carols by the christmas tree getting everyone in the christmas spirit. A good time was had by all.

On Friday 16th December we had lots of activities in school in aid of 'Children in Need'. Sweets in a jar, Name the bear, Marbles in the jar, cake sale and lots more. We raised a fantastic £510.59. Thanks to all involved.

 

On Thursday 8th November we held our annual Remembrance service. We were honoured to be joined by a friend of the school Sergeant Bernard Morgan. Special guests and the whole school community paid their respects while Jodie Manning and Jack Nichol (Year 11 Leadership Team) laid wreaths on the school memorial.

 

19th December - Caterlink are delighted to be working in Partnership with Ruskin Community High School and we would like to tell you about us and our catering services in January 2017.

We love food and hope you will love what we provide for you at your school.

We embrace natural ingredients, love seasonal produce, and develop ethical trading with many of our suppliers. Our meat, fruit & vegetables and bakery is all sourced from suppliers as near to the school as we can. Our menu meets the SILVER Food for Life Standard.

Our menus are refreshed every term to ensure we reflect the changing seasons and trends from the high street. 95% of all our food is freshly prepared from scratch on site by our team, so if you have a fantastic recipe you would like us to consider, come and talk to us at any time you visit the facilities.  See our newsletter Caterlink to follow (910kb pdf)

 

 


 

 

11th December - As you know, we have had a normal day today in school because I felt that our site was safe enough for students and staff. The snow was quite deep, but it is soft and hasn’t posed a risk to health and safety. Students have played out in the snow at breaktimes, but they have been sensible and just had fun!

I am, however, concerned about tomorrow because the slush caused by the sun is likely to freeze over. Therefore, I will be taking a view late tonight to see how safe the site is. If there is any change to normal arrangements then I will ensure that we inform Signal 1 and also that we place an update on our website and Facebook feed.

Thank you for your support. Best wishes, Ella Brett, Headteacher

 


 

 

 

 


  

POLITE REMINDER TO PARENTS/CARERS REGARDING SOCIAL MEDIA – 6TH DECEMBER 2017

We live in a world where social media and, in particular, Facebook dominate. These methods of communication are, often, hidden within closed groups. Our school cannot and would never respond on Facebook with specifics about individual situations. To do so would be unprofessional and unforgiveable. In that sense, it is regrettable that we have no right of reply and that the full, accurate picture cannot be shared.

I would, however, like to remind parents/carers that posting material on Facebook which is intended to cause distress can amount to a criminal offence and may result in the school referring the matter to the police and other authorities for further investigation. It is not helpful to anyone to deal with matters in this way.

I would like to, respectfully, remind parents/carers that there is a school complaints policy and that if you have any issues with the school, whether that be a general concern or a specific issue in relation to your child, that you use the school's complaints procedure which allows for complaints to be fully considered and responded to. The absolute first point of contact should be with a relevant member of staff within school so that your complaint can be heard and resolved informally. If this does not reach a resolution then there is a formal complaints policy.

Thank you, in advance, for your support with this. You can, as always, email me directly if you would like to. This email address is shared regularly through newsletters and letters. mailto:brette@ruskincheshire.sch.ukk 

Governor Vacancy - Letter and nomination form September 2017          

Letter from the Headteacher (236kb pdf)                                                 

Nomination form (44kb word doc)  


 

 

26th May 2017 - Times of the school day changing from September 2017

 Letter with details (24kb pdf)  

 

 


 

 

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