Our News items

10 Oct 2017 is World Mental Health Day

Date: 5th Oct 2017 @ 11:40am

As we are a special school for children with social, emotional and mental health issues - looking after our pupils' emotional and mental health is central to what we do, and the education we provide.

It's why we are celebrating World Mental Health Day with our own focus of raising awareness and removing the stigma around Mental Health, and will be marking the day with different themes and activities.

Don't forget in our Parents section, you can find lots of helpful links and information about how you can find out more about mental health, and the services who can support.

World Mental Health Day was observed for the first time on 10 October 1992. It was started as an annual activity of the World Federation for Mental Health by the then Deputy Secretary General Richard Hunter. The day is officially commemorated every year on October 10th. 

The aim of the day is to promote mental health and educate the public on relevant issues. Since 1996, the day has chosen a theme to be promoted.

The themes the WFMH have promoted are:

  • 1996   Women and Mental Health
  • 1997   Children and Mental Health
  • 1998   Mental Health and Human Rights
  • 1999   Mental Health and Ageing
  • 2000-2001    Mental Health and Work
  • 2002   The Effects of Trauma and Violence on Children & Adolescents
  • 2003   Emotional and Behavioural Disorders of Children & Adolescents
  • 2004   The Relationship Between Physical & Mental Health: co-occurring disorders
  • 2005   Mental and Physical Health Across the Life Span
  • 2006   Building Awareness - Reducing Risk: Mental Illness & Suicide
  • 2007   Mental Health in A Changing World: The Impact of Culture and Diversity
  • 2008   Making Mental Health a Global Priority: Scaling up Services through Citizen Advocacy and Action
  • 2009   Mental Health in Primary Care: Enhancing Treatment and Promoting Mental Health
  • 2010   Mental Health and Chronic Physical Illnesses
  • 2011   The Great Push:  Investing in Mental Health
  • 2012   Depression: A Global Crisis
  • 2013   Mental Health and Older Adults
  • 2014   Living with Schizophrenia
  • 2015   Dignity in Mental Health
  • 2016   Psychological and Mental Health First Aid

For 2017, the theme is Mental Health in the Work Place

People all over the world will be holding events, and celebrating this important issue that can affect so many of us, and the people we know and love.

If you want to find out more about World Mental Health Day, you can go to the WFMH website 

 

Penkford gain Reading Quality Mark!

Date: 2nd Oct 2017 @ 12:15pm

We are proud to announce that Penkford School have been awarded the Liverpool Reading Quality Mark, which is an important award that recognises how we promote reading amongst our pupils!

The award was awarded through School Improvement Liverpool - experts in education and one of the leading service providers in the North West.

Instrumental to this fantastic achievement was our Reading Advocate, Ms Duffy!

Our school had to pass tough criteria, and we achieved accreditation through assessment on six themes:

  • Leadership and Management
  • Workforce Development
  • Reading Promotion
  • Reading Events and Groups
  • School Wide Opportunities for Reading for Pleasure
  • Family/Community Involvement/Public Library Service

We gained positive feedback on how our staff are committed to establishing and embedding a reading for pleasure culture in school, through our Governance, classroom practice and after school activities. We aim to show that this award is another demonstration on how we continue to improve functional literacy and numeracy, so that pupils make consistently strong progress from their individual starting points.

 

Evening Performance of "HEADZ" at Parr Library

Date: 2nd Oct 2017 @ 10:09am

On Tuesday 10th October, (World Mental Health Day) at 7:00pm, the award-winning theatre company 20 Stories High returns to St.Helens with "HEADZ".

"HEADZ" is  a new series of funny, gritty and heartfelt monologues about the everyday lives of a group of extraordinary young people.

The production is suitable for teenagers 13+ and adults, and contains strong language.

 

Book online here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/headz-by-20-stories-high-tickets-36717859105

or call into any library in St.Helens (except Central Library) to purchase your tickets.

 

New Vacancy: Attendance and Family Support Officer

Date: 29th Sep 2017 @ 2:06pm

We currently have a vacancy for the post of Attendance and Family Support Officer to start as soon as possible.

You can find more details about the vacancy, including the job description and person specification, on our Vacancies page.

Bring Walter Urwin home!

Date: 28th Sep 2017 @ 9:59am

The 'Walter Urwin' holds a special place in our local heritage. It is the last locomotive ever built at the famous Vulcan Works in Newton-le-Willows, and was named after one of locomotive's designers who was also a Wargrave resident.

Now, there is a campaign to bring 'Walter Urwin' back to Vulcan and put it on public display.  

If you want to find out more, you can see details of the project on Newton and Earlestown Community Group's website.

Let's wish them luck in returning this important piece of local history back home!

Family Focus Group - 27th Sept

Date: 22nd Sep 2017 @ 12:47pm

Here at Penkford we value the views, opinions and well-being of our parents and carers, with this in mind we run a family focus group once every half term and everyone is invited to attend them.

The group is a great opportunity to get together in a friendly and relaxing environment with provided activities/treatments. This half term's group is on Wednesday 27th September, and has a fanstastic outdoor experience planned with transport and lunch included. As always, its a great chance to come along and spend valuable time meeting with our staff and other parents/carers!

You can find all the details for the group on the flyer below.

Summer Holiday Activities!

Date: 1st Aug 2017 @ 9:44pm

Need something to do over the summer holidays?

Luckily, St Helens Council has released a programme of all sorts of different activities and events that are happening all over summer!

Take a look at the poster below, in which you'll find the details of locations and contact information.

Have a great summer!

Penkford Family Focus Group - 5th July

Date: 30th Jun 2017 @ 1:51pm

Here at Penkford we value the views, opinions and well-being of our parents and carers, with this in mind we run a family focus group once every half term and everyone is invited to attend them.

The group is a great opportunity to get together in a friendly and relaxing environment with provided activities/treatments. This half term's group is on Wednesday 5th July, and has an outdoor activity theme, giving parents and carers the chance to take part in some fantastic activities. Don't worry if you can't or don't want to - you cand still come along and spend valuable time meeting the other parents/carers!

You can find all the details for the group on the flyer below.

Listen 4 Change Parent Forum

Date: 16th Jun 2017 @ 2:00pm

Listen 4 Change are holding one the latest of their regular Parent Carer Forums on Wednesday 28th June 2017 at Chalon Court Hotel.

The forums are an informal way to meet other parents, find out about local services and have your say so that the needs of your children and young people can be met in the best way possible.

For more information, see the flyer link below.

School Crossing Patrol - Have your say!

Date: 16th Jun 2017 @ 2:50pm

Did you know that, due to budget pressures, St Helens Council is holding a consultation about School Crossing Patrols?

The council has released a questionnaire so that you can give your opinion about the crossing patrol service before the deadline of Sunday 3rd September.

If you feel strongly about how St Helens Council are reviewing this service, please find the questionnaire and the poster about the consultation below. 

You can also find more information on the St Helens Council website.

Functional Skills Courses for Parents

Date: 26th May 2017 @ 1:54pm

As reported in our Whit Newsletter, we are delighted to be able to offer our parents the opportunity to follow a course in Functional Skills.

The Functional Skills qualifications are courses that are designed to benefit the learner by providing knowledge, skills and understanding that help them in daily life and in the workplace.

Look out for more details in near future!

 

Supporting Children Worried About Terrorism

Date: 24th May 2017 @ 3:08pm

Based on the tragic events in Manchester on Monday 22nd May, the NSPCC have a website page especially for parents.

The page gives advice to parents and carers who have children who are upset or worried by what is happening in the news.

For the link, click here.

Relax with Penkford's Family Focus Group!

Date: 17th May 2017 @ 1:59pm

Here at Penkford we value the views, opinions and well-being of our parents and carers, with this in mind we run a family focus group once every half term and everyone is invited to attend them.

This half term's group is on Wednesday 24th May.

The group is a great opportunity to get together in a friendly and relaxing environment with provided activities/treatments and if you would rather not attend alone, you can bring a friend or other family member with you!

You can find all the details for the group on the flyer below.

Knife Crime Workshops make St Helens Star!

Date: 5th May 2017 @ 9:13am

Our pupils benefitted from the expertise of our Safer School Police Officers (SSPOs) recently, when they held special workshops on the dangers of knife crime.

This fantastic and worthwhile initiative is the subject of an article on the St Helens Star website!

You can read the article here!

It'll Cost You! Alcohol Underage Sales Crackdown

Date: 3rd May 2017 @ 9:53am

Community Safety Partners in St Helens have a new campaign running to target proxy sales of alcohol (adults buying alcohol for young people).

It is called 'It'll Cost You'.

The 'It'll Cost You' campaign aims to raise awareness amongst young people, retailers and adults.  Shop retailers who sell alcohol to adults, suspecting that they will then pass it on to young people, could end up with an unlimited fine or a custodial sentence.

There are also potential fines of up to £5000 for adults purchasing alcohol to pass on to young people.

Alcohol use in under 18s can carry another type of cost, in terms of becoming involved in crime and anti-social behaviour, hospital admissions, accidents, injuries and risk taking behaviour.

You can find more info on the Safer St Helens website and our parents page.


 

St Helens Star feature Resilience Project in follow-up article!

Date: 2nd May 2017 @ 11:35am

We are proud to say that the our Resilience Project has once again caught the attention of the St Helens Star, with an article showing how our pupils were put through their paces with an exteme classroom challenge!

The article is another piece of evidence about how, as a school, we are building self-esteem and confidence - and are helping our pupils engage in character building activities that support their day to day education and improve outcomes!

Read the article here!

You can also find out more about the Resilience Project in our SMSC section.

Mental Health Awareness Week: 8-14 May 2017

Date: 24th Apr 2017 @ 4:50pm

Every second week in May, since 2000, the Mental Health Foundation hosts Mental Health Awareness Week.

In previous years the week has focused on how issues such as mindfulness, anxiety, sleep deprivation and relationships can have an impact on our mental health.

In 2017 the theme will be ‘surviving to thriving’.

Here at Penkford School, we believe looking after our pupils' emotional and mental health is very important - so join us in supporting Mental Health Awareness Week from 8-14 May as we continue to help our families and individuals to "move from survive to thrive!"

You find more details at https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/

NEW VACANCY: Deputy Headteacher

Date: 24th Apr 2017 @ 9:06am

We currently have a vacancy for the post of Deputy Headteacher for 1st September 2017.

You can find more details about the vacancy, including the job description and person specification, on our Vacancies page.

Proposed changes to Home to School Travel Assistance

Date: 17th Mar 2017 @ 1:56pm

St Helens Council is currently consulting on its proposed Home to School Travel Assistance Policy. There are three proposed changes to the existing Policy.

The official notice can be viewed below, and in it you can find where the proposals can be viewed, and how you can comment on them.

Resilience Project featured in St Helens Star!

Date: 27th Feb 2017 @ 9:20am

We are proud to announce that the St Helens Star has published an article about a Penkford School’s Resilience Project!

The Resilience Project is a six week programme that is designed to promote character formation and teamwork. It does this by combining teambuilding and problem solving activities with military boot camp style physical training. The initiative is designed to show how individual challenges can be overcome by working together and how character education is linked to personal and academic achievement.

You can read the article here!

Online course for Parents - Communicating with children about Self-harm

Date: 24th Feb 2017 @ 12:55pm

How confident would you be tackling the issue of self-harm with your own child?

Thousands of children and young people in the UK are thought to be impacted by self-harm each year.

Spotting the signs can be difficult, and approaching the subject with your children can be an uncomfortable experience.

As it is thought at most parents feel uncomfortable discussing self-harm with their children, Selfharm UK have worked with Virtual College to create an online course to help parents speak to their children about self-harm with confidence. You can find more information at www.understandingyoungminds.co.uk.

Calling all Super Writers!

Date: 6th Feb 2017 @ 3:04pm

St Helens Council and the libraries are launching a creative writing competition for anyone who loves super heroes and comic books. "St Helens Super Writers! 2017" is a writing competition where the main character must be a super hero!

If you want to have a try at fun competition, and tell your tale about a super hero, fly your story to any St Helens library, or you can Zap! your entry via email! Take a look at the competition details on the poster and entry form for more information - and good luck!

Penkford Family Focus Group

Date: 30th Jan 2017 @ 2:24pm

Here at Penkford we value the views, opinions and well-being of our parents and carers, with this in mind we run a family focus group once every half term and everyone is invited to attend them.

The group is a great opportunity to get together in a friendly and relaxing environment with provided activities/treatments. This half term's group is on the 7th February, and even has a 'men only' spa hour for male parents/carers!

You can find all the details for the group on the flyer below.

 

Young Carers Awareness Day

Date: 30th Jan 2017 @ 9:34am

The 26th Jan is Young Carers Awareness Day. The theme for this year is “When I Grow Up” and asks schools and teachers to be mindful of the challenges young carers may face in order to achieve the careers they aspire to.

The infographic poster below gives you some information about of what a Young Carer is and what they do. You can find out more about the Carers Trust, and the support they offer, on their website (www.carers.org).

 

Domestic Abuse Support Group

Date: 18th Jan 2017 @ 11:37am

‘Staying Safe’ - Domestic Abuse Support Group is launching on WEDNESDAY 18TH JANUARY 2017

The group is every Wednesday 09:30am to 12:30pm in the Ground Floor Room - St Helen’s Parish Church, Church Square, St.Helens.

If you are suffering, or have suffered from, the effects of domestic abuse and you are 16 or over, you can attend the group without any appointment.

Have a look at the flyer to find out what you can expect to gain from this important service, and for more contact information.

Penkford School. Wharf Road, Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside WA12 9XZ

Tel: 01744 678745 | Fax: 01744 678748 | Email: penkford@sthelens.org.uk