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16/10/18

It may only be October but our PTA are busy planning the Christmas bazaar on Thursday 22nd November. Please come along to enjoy the Christmas cheer! https://t.co/CsgXv9AGpP

13/10/18

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, the deadline to apply for a place for your child in 2019 is October 31 2018: https://t.co/OaxvfBEaWO https://t.co/Wsm8AMdtxp

13/10/18

Busy morning in school today. Our exceptional historians preparing for their exams this year https://t.co/5WOWNIs6Q1

11/10/18

We are proud to be open and serving our community. https://t.co/8FPCjY0tay

11/10/18

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. in on track to reach its target of 560 students by 2020. Full story - https://t.co/rcIgYeXZSI https://t.co/wDCw39ipxD

10/10/18

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If you need advice on mental health related issues, please visit BBC Advice https://t.co/m96OL3qcWw

10/10/18

Amazing work from our eco club after school today! Our students really are exceptional and go the extra mile! https://t.co/rwEnZuLGIr

10/10/18

Tea and Talk - a chance to promote mental wellbeing and raise awareness the importance of looking after your mental health https://t.co/s151L5FReh

10/10/18

Great welcoming our Danish friends to FHS. Can’t wait for our exchange visit https://t.co/cgxJCg7jpT

08/10/18

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We've relaunched our termly magazine. Latitude - The magazine for BMAT Schools, Parents and Communities. Read the latest issue here - https://t.co/VvzQNalzNy https://t.co/XfJ6G3PmdY

06/10/18

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Parents play such a key role in supporting children to take part in sport and be active. Thank you https://t.co/6BkQlXeBsx https://t.co/ODrB8I8RAB

06/10/18

Rehearsals for our Aladdin production in full swing. Such dedication and passion on display! Well done to all involved https://t.co/sn8667W59p

06/10/18

A massive well done to our KS4 Geography students for their hard work this morning. The rain didn’t keep them away 🌧 https://t.co/EDrG3q2Hvc

04/10/18

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National Poetry Day

Happy everyone! Enjoy the celebrations! https://t.co/0i8nPajjWL https://t.co/Y5y7ZYESwb

04/10/18

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Are you excited for this week? One lucky person can win a full set of the recommended books for by writing a poem about this year's theme: change. Post your poem on Twitter by 4 October and tag us for the chance to win https://t.co/DBdprTqm7E

03/10/18

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This afternoon, Ricky from is talking to our year 9 students about the differences between being homeless and having a home. Delivering some “home truths” to our students today. https://t.co/K90qhLqf4m

03/10/18

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7 new cases of homeless every day last year. Today our Year 9s at are learning about some “Home Truths” with with the wonderful Ricky and Sarah. https://t.co/O6JVKJBwZH

03/10/18

Eco club busy planning our new garden area at school! https://t.co/HRJD1NluSe

02/10/18

Looking forward to Tea & Talk next Wednesday 10th October as part of mental health awareness https://t.co/fvNFvh6izl

02/10/18

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TEEN RAISES MONEY IN RELATIVES' MEMORY - https://t.co/HtvdSpHzfq https://t.co/X2jgXzO1T3

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Mental Health Award

Posted: 9th March 2018

Students in Stansted are the first in the UK to earn an award for their work around positive mental health.

Forest Hall School is working to break down the barriers around mental health, to encourage young people to talk openly about any issues they are experiencing.

The work will earn the school the Amber Flag, a campaign set up in Ireland.

The initiative aims to encourage schools and other organisations to promote and bring about change in the promotion of positive mental health.

The aim is to make the issue a daily topic of conversation leading to a cultural shift to rid the stigma attached to discussing mental health.

Forest Hall is the first school in the UK to take on the challenge.

Kelly O’Neill, food teacher, studied the issue when at college and is keen to put positive mental health on the map in Stansted.

She said: “I want to get young people talking about mental health and seeing it is not something to be ashamed of. The more it is openly talked about, the more likely people are to seek help when they are suffering.

“Where I’m from in Ireland, mental health is not talked about and suicide rates are high. It is talked about a little more here; but, people will say they suffer with anxiety and that’s as far as it goes. People are reluctant to admit they are suffering with depression, for example. It’s about taking that discussion a step further.”

Students are being challenged to write down ideas of things to do when they are stressed at school to make them happy. The notes will then be attached to a special tree in school which will remain a permanent fixture to share advice among peers.

The school’s completed application, including details of their activities, will be submitted in April, with the Amber Flag presented in May.

Miss O’Neill said: “The flag is in recognition of our efforts to talk about positive mental health.

“I would love to see more schools taking on this challenge. When I introduced it at Forest Hall, students’ initial reaction was ‘why would you talk about that’ and that is exactly the stigma we are breaking down here now.”

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