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Rainhill School - LFC U19 V's Red Star Belgrade Football Match

Date: 16th Oct 2018 @ 1:29pm

Rainhill High School - LFC U19 V's Red Star Belgrade - youth football match on Wednesday 24th of October at the Totally Wicked Stadium St Helens. Please see attached flyer for tickets.

LFC U19 V Red Star Flyer

Rainhill School & LFC V's PSG - stars in the making youth football match

Date: 14th Sep 2018 @ 7:58am

Rainhill High School and LFC V's Paris Saint Germain - stars in the making youth football match on Tuesday 18th of September at the Totally Wicked Stadium St Helens. Please see attached flyer for tickets.

LFC V's PSG Flyer

St. Helens Carers Trust Volunteers Needed

Date: 22nd Jun 2018 @ 4:08pm

Volunteers needed at St Helens Carers Centre.

Are you looking to make a difference?

Do you want to boost your skills and CV?

Would you like to meet people and be part of a fun friendly team?

Please see the attached information leaflet for more details.

St Helens Carers Trust Flyer

Stand up to Bullying Day

Date: 12th Jun 2018 @ 3:51pm

Stand Up to Bullying Day was launched in 2016 with the support of HRH The Duke of Cambridge. The day seeks to bring the nation together to take a collective stand against all forms of bullying, whether in school, the workplace or elsewhere.

Last year the campaign reached over three million people with famous faces such as Jessie J, James McVey and numerous MPs joining the nation to #StandUpToBullying.

Standing up means being an upstander, not a bystander. It means calling others out when their actions are unkind, reporting conversations online that don't look right and creating a community that will speak out and stand up to bullying.

At Penkford School both pupils and staff will be discussing the Stand Up To Bullying Campaign and deciding how we can all actively contribute. For more information, advice or how to join in please visit the following website http://standuptobullying.co.uk/.

Raising Awareness - Dangers of Open Water Swimming

Date: 12th Jun 2018 @ 4:00pm

 
St Helens Council - Open-water Swimming Warning
While the country currently enjoys a nice spell of warm weather, St Helens Council’s safer communities team would like to remind the public on the dangers of open-water swimming.
The announcement comes following the deaths of two teenagers in Greater Manchester this week whose bodies were found in reservoirs in unrelated incidents – while the council has also received reports of young children swimming in the open waters in the Parr area of the borough.
St Helens Council’s portfolio holder for safer communities, Councillor Anthony Burns has stressed the importance of staying clear of lakes, ponds and reservoirs as temperatures soar because of the fatal consequences swimming in these types of environments can often lead to.
“Under no circumstances must anyone attempt to swim in open-water,” Councillor Burns said. “Sadly, this type of risk has resulted in tragic outcomes recently and even the strongest of swimmers can become overwhelmed by ice cold water and drown.
“Swimming is an activity many of us enjoy during the weather is nice - but this should be done in supervised areas only such as leisure centre swimming pools.”

St. Helens Youth Service

Date: 22nd May 2018 @ 9:56am

Please see our Parents Page for the range of evening activities offered to young people at St Helen Youth Service.

St. Helens Safer Community Team

Date: 22nd May 2018 @ 9:52am

Please see our Parents Page or the Safer St Helens Website http://www.safersthelens.org.uk/ for information as to how you can contribute to keeping St Helens Community a safer place. #Ready2Report nuisance behaviour.

IMPORTANT HEALTH INFORMATION: Measles outbreak in Liverpool

Date: 5th Dec 2017 @ 1:45pm

There is a measles outbreak in Liverpool affecting unimmunised children.

Public Health England, part of the Department of Health, has issued a letter about this to Local Authorities and all the schools in Cheshire and Merseyside. We have been asked to pass this on to our parents and carers.

You can read the letter in the document link below.

If you would like more information, see https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/measles/

Penkford School Honoured with ADHD Award!

Date: 16th Nov 2017 @ 10:53am

Penkford School was officially honoured at the ADHD Foundation 10 year Winter Ball at St George’s Hall, Liverpool last Friday. The award was an amazing surprise, and although especially invited, Ms Johnson, our Headteacher, Mrs Jackson, our SENCO, and Mrs Laughton, our Assistant Headteacher, had no idea of the intention to honour the school on the night!

On behalf of all our staff, Ms Johnson, our Headteacher collected the award that gave recognition to all the hard work Penkford School has put in to support pupils diagnosed or presenting with ADHD, so that they have a better experience and thrive at our school.

The ‘ADHD Friendly School 2017’ award was the finale to Penkford attending yet another successful ADHD conference in Liverpool.

A report on the award has been given on the St Helens Unlimited website, which you can see here!

Another Successful (and Creative) Family Focus Group!

Date: 15th Nov 2017 @ 4:26pm

Today saw parents and carers meet for our termly Family Focus Group at the Parr Children's Centre. This time, we gave an arts session, which saw our parents, carers and staff embelish their photo and picture frames.

Once again, an interesting and engaging activity was the perfect backdrop to help everyone chat informally, and network with each other.

You can see more about our Family Focus Groups on its page in our Parents section.

New Vacancy: Teacher of ICT/Computing (temp 2 terms)

Date: 8th Nov 2017 @ 1:12pm

We currently have a vacancy for the post of Teacher of ICT/Computing (temporary 2 terms) to start in January 2018.

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

Listen 4 Change Forum 15 Nov 2017

Date: 1st Nov 2017 @ 3:59pm

Listen 4 Change are holding the latest of their regular Parent Carer Forums on Wednesday 15th November 2017 at the Mercure 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.

 

Penkford Family Focus Group - 8 November

Date: 31st Oct 2017 @ 9:55am

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 8th November, and it's time get creative!

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

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.

 

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.

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

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