Help for Parents:
At school we hold a wealth of information about the work of other agencies and can point you in the right direction on a number of issues such as support groups, parenting groups, childcare, holiday activities, clubs in the town, housing etc.
Whether it’s coping with difficult behaviour, advice on eating, playing, bedtimes or pocket money for example or if your child is worried about friendships or school in general, we are here to help. Please ask our friendly office staff to arrange for you to speak to one of the Phase Leaders or, if the matter is confidential in nature, Mrs Minister or Mrs Buckland-Garnett.
Help for children:
Sometimes children find it difficult to speak to Mums and Dads about a concern as they feel that you would worry too. In school we have a “worry box” which is checked every day, please encourage your child to put in note in the worry box if they would like one of us to come and find them for a chat. (You can always ring us if you need to add some detail without your child being aware.)
Please don’t be worried about asking for help, as they say ‘A problem
shared is a problem halved’. We are often available at the beginning of school. If not, please leave a message for us at the school office if you would like us to contact you.
Collingwood School have a strong team of Peer Mediators made up of older pupils, who help younger children resolve any simple disagreements or friendship issues. With their help we empower Collingwood children to be pro-active in finding constructive resolutions to their conflicts. This service enhances our whole school policy of positive relationships and give our Mediators valuable life skills.
For some of our pupils, a whole lunchtime of unstructured play is just too long! For this reason we offer “Lunchtime Club”, where children can eat their lunch together, with an adult, whilst developing their social interaction skills and table manners. After this they can choose to play inside with toys or go outside or do a combination of both. If you feel your child would benefit from joining this fun and supportive lunchtime club or would like to find out more information, please speak to Mrs Minister.
From time to time families need a little extra support. Collingwood works closely with The Brentwood Catholic Children’s Society to provide counselling and support to children and their families, regardless of their beliefs, who may be experiencing various difficulties. Please speak to Mrs Buckland-Garnett or Mrs Minister if you feel that your child would benefit from this service.