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Saturday is World Mental Health Day 2020

World Mental Health Day October 10th

Here are some useful places to turn to, if you need to talk or need support with your mental health.


Child line 0800 1111

Samaritans 116123 or text 07725909090

calm helpline 0800 585858 (campaign against living miserably)

HOPE line uk 0800 0684141


As always, you can contact a learning mentor



We are visiting every class from year 1 to year 6.


Mrs  McCarthy and Mrs Chambers are making their way around school this week to talk to you all about feelings and emotions you may have felt or be feeling. We visited year 1 yesterday and today we are visiting year 2. We very much look forward to seeing you all and hearing about your experiences during lockdown and returning to school.

Don't forget you can talk to us about anything that is worrying you anytime, by stopping us, or requesting to see us through your teacher. KS2 you should all have worry box too.

Hello Southglade,

Today is Wednesday 2nd of September and we are ready to welcome you all back to school tomorrow.

School is going to be different.  Myself and Mrs Chambers are still here and available to listen to any worries you may have. We will be working at a safe distance and we will be asking you to wash your hands. On your first day back expect to see us popping into your classroom and saying hello. Making sure you are all feeling ok.

Looking forward to hearing what you have all been up to during lockdown.

See you soon

Mrs McCarthy.

Today is Friday 24th July. I am in school for the last time until end of August. You all come back on the 3rd of September.

Hope you all enjoy the summer and myself and Mrs Chambers will see you all soon

Mrs M.

If anyone needs support over the summer with their mental health, CAMHS can be contacted.

Good morning today is Monday 20th July.

It is the last week of this school year. Well it has been very different hasn't it.

We are all busy getting school ready for you all to return in September. We are trying to make everywhere look nice.

I'm hoping most of you now know which teacher you will have in September. Myself and Mrs Chambers will be available to help you all settle in.


On a different subject...Some of us will all be wearing a facial covering in shops from Friday. I have been wearing one on the bus and tram anyway. So wearing one in the shop won't bother me much. I would love to see your pics of you in your masks or facial coverings. Send me some! It's a new way of life for us all and I think we just have to make the most of it.

This might be my last chat until September, so I would like to wish you all a great summer holiday. Year 6, I hope you all go on to bigger and better things in your life at secondary school. Good luck all of you. Those year 6s who are at school this week, I hope you enjoy your last few days at Southglade.

Mrs McCarthy 

A social story for anyone wondering about their school bubble. What is a bubble?

Oliver has completed some fabulous work on wellbeing and emotions. Thank you for sending me this Oliver.

Good afternoon Southglade. Today is Monday 13th July.

I am in school today and been trying to get a few things ready for September. Lots of tidying and sorting. There are just two weeks left before the summer break. I know that some of you are coming in to school this week for the first time since March. You are going to spend time with your teachers. This will help you all to know what is going to happen and who you are with. I am in school Wednesday and Friday and Mrs Chambers will be in school Tuesday and Thursday if anyone is feeling particularly nervous or worried.


We actually managed to get some sunshine this weekend. This always makes such a difference to everyone's mood and can be just the lift we all need. Hope you managed to get out and enjoy the sunshine. 

I will look out for some of you on Wednesday. Give me a wave!

Speak soon

Mrs M.

Getting ready to come back to school. Follow the link below to ELSA Support and download the story.

This art competition was sent to me from CAMHS. It might be worth a try. I think there is a prize!

Hello Southglade. Today is Monday 6th July.


Another week has passed and more things in our lives are starting to get back to a different kind of normal. Restaurants and other places to eat and drink opened up this weekend and also lots of us got a haircut. I myself haven't been to any of the above yet. Haven't got my hairdressers appointment yet. Must get on to that today, as my hair has grown so much.

This weekend was a special one for my family. Mr McCarthy had a big birthday. We stayed in and had a small party, with my son and daughter in law. It was really good fun. We had lots of cake! I got him something he had been wanting for ages. A turntable. (record player) Now most of you won't know what that is, but in 'the old days' we used to play music on something called a record player and we had records made from vinyl. (google it) There was no such thing as You tube, Spotify or Apple music. I'm sure your parents and grandparents would remember a turntable. Mr McCarthy was really happy to get one and played his old records on it.

Today, I have to tidy my house and get ready for another few days in school. I'm in school Tuesday, Thursday and Friday this week. Don't forget, you can all still contact me by email if you need any support with your wellbeing.  Hope you all have a good week and I will speak to you all again soon.

Mrs McCarthy.

Another activity to keep you busy from ELSA support

Good morning everyone. Today is Thursday and we are in July!


How quickly is this year going? I have been in school a lot this week and been very busy.  We are all working so  hard to get school ready for September. Today the government will tell us how to organise school for you all. We aren't sure yet how school will look and run, but you can all be assured that whatever we put in place for you all will be planned and safe.

I can't wait to see everyone. Obviously I have seen quite a few of you over the weeks, but I'm looking forward to a catch up with all of you soon.

Mrs M

Oliver has been busy!

Something to think about as we move forward. Reflecting on lockdown.

Hello, we have the sunshine weather back!


However that means we could all get sun burn if we are not very careful. I wore sun cream yesterday and still managed to catch the back of my neck which is today looking a little red. When your skin changes colour, it means you are reacting to the sun rays. This is for ALL of us whatever your colour of skin. If you have skin colour changes, you are burning.  Please wear sun cream with at least a factor of 15  or higher, the higher the better for children. Also, if you can, wear a hat, sit in shade wherever possible and drink lots of water.  It is good to cover up your shoulders and back if you can too.

Stay safe in the sun!

WINDRUSH DAY 2020. June 22nd.


Some of you may be wondering what Windrush day is...


Well, it is a day to celebrate the arrival of the first people who came to rebuild Britain after the second world war. Empire Windrush was the name of the ship that brought them. They were invited to come to a very cold Britain. They arrived from the Caribbean islands. Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and other islands in the Caribbean. The ship first sailed in 1948 travelling approx. 8,000 miles. There were just over 1,000 passengers onboard that first ship. Some children were onboard too. Travelling on their parents passports. Many intended to not stay long, but of course they did stay and worked very hard.  Raising their families and settling in to British life. Their contribution to this nation should be celebrated. The ship continued to bring people from the Caribbean for over 23 years. It is estimated that half a million people came to Britain on the Windrush.


I just thought it would be good for you all to learn a little about Windrush and how important today is for families with connections to the Caribbean islands. It is really important history. Hope you enjoyed reading about this. If you have any family stories to share about the Windrush generation, I would really love to hear them. Maybe you have a great grandparent who was from the Windrush generation. Please share, it would be wonderful to hear about their stories.

Mrs M.

Empire Windrush. The ship. Windrush Day 2020

Self-esteem activity from ELSA Support. A wellbeing shield

Good afternoon. Today is Monday 22nd June.


Some of the year 1s will have returned to school today. I think they will find it very different, but we, as a school have some very good plans in place to keep everyone safe. So I'm sure everyone will have a wonderful day. I am in school tomorrow, so I will try and wave at them all from a safe distance.

I had a lovely weekend as I saw my son for the first time since February. We met in Milton Keynes at my daughter in law's parents house. We socially distanced in the garden. No hugs were allowed, but it was great to catch up with everyone.


No photo's have arrived in my inbox as yet. I would love to see some of you all doing stuff! Or just drop me a line or two to tell me how you are.

Speak soon

Mrs M.

Hello Southglade,

It's Thursday 18th and I am at home today. The weather is very wet and miserable. I had to pop out this morning and I went on the Tram to the city. I was as quick as I could be, about 45 minutes and I had to wear my face covering because I was on public transport. It is very different isn't it?  Have any of you been wearing a face covering? How have you found it? It's like the latest fashion accessory. I have seen some very fancy styles out there. I know some people have made their own. Mine is just an ordinary medical type one. (really boring but does the job)


Hey I haven't had any photographs sent to me for a while. What have you all been doing lately? If you would like to send me photographs of you doing school work, or enjoying an activity, I would love to see them. I would, with your permission, share them on here!


I know some of you are running out of ideas of things to do, but do remember your wonderful teachers have put work on your class pages to complete. It is actually really good for you to do some school work. Give it a go! Take a selfie or get someone to take a pic of you working...send it to me.

Speak soon

Mrs M

Good morning everyone, today is Tuesday 16th June.

Yesterday I was in school and some of the year 6 children returned to school. Our school day was a very positive one. Everyone was in their bubbles (class bubbles) and although we were not all together, I managed to send a wave of the hand, a smile and a hello from a distance, to most of them throughout the day. Especially during the lunch break, where different bubbles had a play outside at their set time. They stayed in their zones and it was all quite nice.  I liked how it all worked. I think the children liked it too, even though it is very different. I think we need to thank Mrs Thomas for planning it all so well!


So how is everyone doing? I know some of you are beginning to feel quite fed up now. I have said it before and I will keep saying it.... KEEP BUSY! It is key. When I say busy I don't mean spending all day in your room on a games console or device. I some school work, go for a walk with your family, do some other kind of exercise,  sing, dance, do a puzzle, read, colour, watch videos from our resource centre, keep up a hobby, walk the dog, do a craft project, have a scavenger hunt, gardening, help with chores, clean your bedroom, have a sort out, ...anything that keeps your mind and body active. Especially activities where you can get fresh air safely.


You know you are all so lucky. You have the most amazing teachers at Southglade, who plan lessons for you and post on this website. It is such a shame if you don't take advantage of these great lessons. Not only are you missing out on your education, but you would have something useful to do. Keeping busy!

As always if you need a chat, you can email me. See below for ideas of relaxing ways to KEEP BUSY.

Speak soon

Mrs M

My ideas for KEEPING BUSY! Stop the boredom, start to feel good.

Ideas of relaxing ways to KEEP BUSY. From ELSA Support

Distracting yourself when you get worried can help.

Good morning, today is Wednesday.

It's raining and quite miserable outside. I think we were very lucky in April/May with all that lovely weather we had. I've been spending more time in school recently. Yesterday I spoke to some children about two things that have happened in our world this last week. They had some questions. I would like to share with you, as I thought, if these children have questions, then I'm wondering if other children might be wanting to talk about these things too. The first thing we talked about was bereavement.


 I know that some of you may be feeling really upset right now, which is absolutely normal when someone we know has died. If you would like to discuss this with me you can email me Also please visit the bereavement section of this page. (scroll up) There are some websites you can browse that may help.


The second thing I got asked about was Black Lives Matter.

Some of you may know that across the world people have come together to protest against injustice to Black, Asian and Minority groups. What does this mean? Well it means that we believe that black, asian and minority groups,  should be treated the same way as white people are treated. This has been very powerful and has made a big start on change. Change is very much needed in the world. At Southglade Black Lives Matter. Some of you may have some questions surrounding this. I can try my best to answer your questions if you email me


Lots of emotional moments this week for us all. If you need any support at all with anything, please do contact me. Keep safe and well

Mrs McCarthy.

Some activities, including sensory ones, to keep you busy whilst at home.

Lockdown thoughts. See the link above.

An idea for an activity from ELSA Support, see the link above.


Below is a link to a CAMHS YouTube channel. There are videos on there for primary aged children and secondary. I would like to recommend watching the lady Sarah, who has long dark hair. She reminds me of me! I think she talks in a way that you will understand, as I hope I do (I try). Hope you give them a watch. I really like the one about worry.

Mrs McCarthy. 

Good morning everyone. I hope you’re all well. I’m not liking the fact that the sun has disappeared and been replaced with rain 😩 Hopefully it doesn’t last for too long and we can have the lovely sunshine back.☀️

Some of you that are in Year 6 maybe returning to school soon. You might have some questions or worries about doing so. The link below is a video from CAMHS with some tips regarding returning to school after lockdown. 


Dont forget, myself and Mrs McCarthy are available to speak to via email, so contact us with any questions you may have.

Have a lovely day.


Advice for parents and carers, who are getting their children ready for a return to school.

Good morning everyone,

Today is Monday 1st June. I am in school today. Hope you all had a safe weekend and didn't spend too much time in the sunshine without suncream, a hat and water. It's very important to keep drinking in this weather and to protect your skin from the dangerous rays of the sun. We have a little bit more freedom now. You can see people who are not in your household. Up to six of you, but you must keep a safe distance ...2 metres away from them and there is no hugging. You need to be outside too. I know this is hard to do, but it is very important that we all stick to the rules so that we can get back to normal. Try your best. Don't forget to do some of your school work this week as we are not in half term anymore. Speak soon.

Have a good week.

Mrs M.

ELSA support has another month of activities to try

Hello Everyone,

Please take some time to go to our bereavement page below. If you feel you might need some support right now, there are some websites to visit that may help. Also some activities to try.

Mrs M.

A great resource for children who may be returning to school soon. Available from ELSA support.

What does social distancing actually mean? How far is 2 metres?

I've added a quick catch up message to the video resource centre. Take a look. Mrs M.

Hi everyone


What week are we on? I'm not even sure anymore. Anyway, just thought I would drop you all a message. I know that some of you are beginning to get a bit fed up now. To be honest, so am I.


BUT THAT'S OK! It's ok to be a bit fed up. We are living through a very difficult time right now. I always say it and I will keep saying it. KEEP BUSY. Keeping busy will really help you to be able to get through. I'm not even talking about school work. I mean doing things that you enjoy like drawing, singing, dancing, reading, listening to music, watching a favourite movie, playing a board game.


EXERCISE is also very important. A walk with your family, bike ride, skipping, dancing.

I've been singing, dancing, doing school work, cleaning, sorting, watching some tv, I did an online course! All these things help me to stay OK!


If you think you are feeling more than just a bit fed up. Maybe tearful or you just can't seem to cheer up, nothing seems to work for you, then I am here to help. Drop me an email  Sometimes, just having a chat and being able to express how you feel can help.

I might make another video message before the weekend. I haven't done one for a while. It means I have to do my hair! Ha Ha.

Speak soon

Mrs M



Did you know that this week is Mental Health Awareness Week?


The theme for 2020 is kindness. Can you all try to do a random act of kindness everyday this week? For example, you might do the dishes without being asked, or tidy a room, again without being asked. Help someone out or give someone a kind compliment. I'm sure you can all think of ways to be kind. Let me know what you did. I would love to hear about your acts of kindness. If we were at school, acts of kindness would get your name put in the kindness catcher, but because we are not at school yet, if you tell me your acts of kindness, I will give you a shout out on here!


Being kind is good for your mental health because it makes you feel good about yourself. And of course the person who is receiving the kindness feels good too. Everyone wins.

Give it a try.

Mrs M

Inspired by my last post, Oliver has created his own version of the one on ELSA Support. I love your creativity.

A great idea for keeping track on how you are feeling everyday. Another great resource from ELSA support.

Oliver and Macie have been busy. Baking and learning magic tricks! Great for your wellbeing and helping your mental health.

Ideas of activities from ELSA support

Hello all. It's Tuesday.


Well this week is a little different isn't it? If you have seen the news you will know there are some changes taking place in England. Some people are going to be returning to work and plans are going to be in place for some children to start back at school in June.  I don't know how this will work yet, but when I hear anything I can update you. I'm sure Mrs Thomas is working very hard to get things sorted for us.


I have been thinking about when we get back to normal. When we are all back at school together. Most of you will know that I am involved in working with Play Leaders and Peer Mediators. I will be needing some new recruits when we start back to school properly.


Here is a little information about each role.

PLAY LEADERS. They would put out equipment, organises games and play equipment, be creative and enthusiastic, be calm, helpful and polite, encourage children to join in and tidy up after.

PEER MEDIATORS. They would be very calm, good listeners, give advice, work very closely with Mrs McCarthy, not get involved in squabbles, be role models for our school, have fabulous behaviour at all times, try to solve minor problems. Understand confidentiality (no gossiping).



If you think you would make a great playleader or peer mediator and you are, or are going to be in years 3, 4, 5 or 6 then why don't you start to put together an application letter to me. I would read it and sometime soon (hopefully  by  September) I will hold interviews. If you are successful and you get a role, you would have training and support from me and other staff in school.


This of course is all dependant on us returning to school for September. I don't know what is going to happen, but I am trying to think positive and plan for the future. Do give it some thought.


If you are year 6 right now, then I'm sorry but it wouldn't be worth you thinking about a role as you will be leaving us.

Speak soon my email

Mrs M.

Good morning all. It's Thursday.


Hope you are all safe and well. I am missing you all. Tomorrow is Friday and a bank holiday. It is also a very special day to celebrate. It is VE Day. VE stands for Victory in Europe. 75 years ago,  Nazi Germany surrendered in WW11. This happened in 1945 on May 8th. It is a day to remember all the soldiers and people who died during the war. It is a celebration day. Under normal circumstances, our country would be having street parties and I'm sure if we were all at school we would be celebrating too. However, we can't have street parties right now, so why not do something at home with your families? Below I have shared a website for colouring in sheets for VE Day. They are on the wonderful ELSA support site. If you can't access these, then why not draw Union Jacks (our flag) . Or create posters. I would love to see what you get up to on VE day. Most of all, do have fun! 

Speak soon

Mrs M

Mrs McCarthy has written how she helps to support children with bereavement in school. How you can help too.

Once again, Oliver has sent us some of his fabulous ELSA inspired work. I'm so pleased he is enjoying working on his wellbeing. Thanks Oliver. Mrs M

Things to try when you are worried. PDF. Ideas of things to do.


The above link is for a time capsule that you could do with your family whilst being locked down. It'll be a fun reminder in years to come, of the things that you all got up to during this time. Have fun filling it in and enjoy your weekend. smiley Mrs. Chambers smiley 

Another excellent idea from ELSA support. Activities to try for the month of May.

Hello everyone,

Hi all. Sorry I've been a little quiet this week. Monday I was busy and yesterday I wasn't feeling too well. I had a headache all day. I was feeling a bit sorry for myself. I just wanted to say... IT'S OK, NOT TO BE OK! Most of you know I'm a positive person most of the time, but even I have been feeling a bit stressed. The weather has changed and I don't like it. I'm a fan of sunshine. We have been very lucky with the weather and now it's changed, it could have an effect on your mood. It has on mine. But that's ok. It is a normal reaction.   What do we do about it? Well, I got up this morning after having a horrible day yesterday, my headache had gone and so I decided to get back to keeping busy and keeping positive. Today I plan to do some school work, (I'm here) house work, a little exercise, watch some tv and listen to some music.  Now it all sounds really easy, but I know it's not and for some of you it will be a real struggle to keep positive. Please talk to someone if you are feeling down. A trusted adult, ME, Mrs Chambers, your teachers, child line 0800 1111 my email and Mrs Chambers emails are  and  please use us, we are here for you, we will listen and reply. Speak soon Mrs McCarthy




Support for Parents from The Behaviour Support Team

I love it when you send me your work!


Oliver has kindly allowed me to show his work. Inspired by the ELSA challenge. So proud of you Oliver. Mrs M.

Oliver's work


The lovely Debbie at ELSA support has given permission for children and adults to download activities. See below. Mrs M.

an activity to try created by Debbie at ELSA support

some information for parents during the covid 19 outbreak

Good morning everyone. It's Mrs Chambers here again. I hope you are all well and enjoying the beautiful weather we have been having over the last few days.

I don't know about you and your families but in our house there has been a lot of talk about the things we are missing whilst we are staying at home, keeping ourselves safe and well. As a family we had lots of things that we can't wait to do again, once this is all over. I thought it would be nice to have some sort of keepsake to remember our time at home. This is when I thought about doing a Jar Of Wishes

I rescued a jar from the recycle bin, washed it out and found some bits and bobs from the craft drawer. We all had lots and lots of things we wanted to do but we chose to do five wishes each.

As you can see from the photos, there are lots of different things that we chose, from getting our hair done to having meals in our favourite places. One of my wishes was to take my dogs to a beach somewhere-I really can't wait to do this again.

Anyway children, why not have a go at this activity and don't forget to send me your photos to 

I can't wait to see all of your wishes!

Stay safe and we'll all see each other again soon.

Jar Of Wishes.

Monday, after Easter holidays.

Hi everyone, we are back to home schooling after Easter, so check out some of the links below. They may answer a few questions you have or give you tips on how to help your wellbeing at this time. Mrs M. 

for children to read and understand about what coronavirus is

See the links

 Check out the links for some great advice on anxiety and worries about illness or if someone you know has died. Mrs M.

Friday again.


Hello everyone. We have made it through another week of being at home. Easter came and went. Hope you all had a lovely time and got at least one egg. I was in school on Tuesday and a child, who's mum works for the NHS, told me he had 12 Easter eggs. I didn't get any!

We have been lucky enough to have some beautiful weather this week too and although it's been a little windy at times, on the whole it's been nice. If you are lucky enough to have a garden, I'm sure you have been outside lots.

Please remember the rules everyone. Washing hands, keeping 2 metres apart from the public, when you are out for your once a day exercise and staying inside unless you are in your garden. Please don't go and visit friends or 'play out' with friends as this is not keeping to the rules. The rules are there to keep us all safe and get rid of this horrid virus so that we can all go back to normal as quickly as possible.

I haven't heard from many of you this week. Don't forget you can email me   If anyone, including parents, have any worries or if I can be of any help at this time, then write to me. Sometimes it's just good to have someone to chat to. No worries or problems, but just dropping me a line or two to tell me what you have been up to. It also keeps me busy, which I appreciate too.

This week was special in my family. My son was 34 on Monday. Of course I couldn't see him as he lives in London with his wife and I'm not allowed to travel or visit. So we had a video message and cakes with candles. It was fun. Also yesterday, Thursday was my wedding Anniversary. Married to Mr McCarthy for 32 years. We did nothing other than get some shopping for my elderly mum. The sun was out though, so it was fine.


Anyway, enjoy your weekend. I might send another video message next week. Look out for that. Speak soon. Mrs M.


This is me in the garden of Gethsemane.

This is the garden where Jesus was arrested the night before the crucifixion.  It is a very special place for Christians. It attracts visitors from all over the world, especially at Easter time. We were very lucky to visit Jerusalem at Easter 2013. 

Garden of Gethsemane

Pictures of my trip to Israel as promised.

This photograph is of me at the Mountain of olives. It overlooks the old city of Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified on Good Friday. A very special place to be at Easter.

Easter in Israel 2013

Hello everyone, Mrs Chambers here again. We are now in what would have been the Easter holidays. Some of you may have been planning to visit friends and family or possibly going on holiday. Myself and Mr Chambers should have gone on holiday on Saturday. 

I thought I'd share some things that I've been doing to keep busy whilst we are away from school and not able to do the things we might have had planned.

I have been finding this time really hard, like some of you have, so keeping busy is essential. I have been spending some time reading and watching a show that Mrs McCarthy recommended to me. I also enjoy baking and I love spending as much time as I can doing this. Yesterday I made some cookies. I made a batch of chocolate ones and a batch of cranberry & macadamia nut ones too.

I thought I would share my recipe and some pictures with you and would love to see your pictures if you make some cookies or do some other kind of baking. Email them to me at


Mrs Chambers’ Cookies.


200g plain flour

150g sugar

140g butter

1 egg

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

300g mixed chocolate chips (or any other ingredient you want to add- M&M’s, smarties, white chocolate, nuts, raisins)


Makes 12-14

Baking Time 12-15 minutes




•Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/Gas 4

•Lightly grease two baking sheets.

•Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat together. Add the chocolate chips (or other ingredients) and stir until well combined.

•Drop 5-6 tablespoons of the dough on to each baking tray, spaced well apart as the cookies will double in size.

•Bake until golden-around 12-15 mins. •Cool for 2-3 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Can be stored in an airtight container for up to five days.




Tuesday week 3


Hello everyone. So we are now in week 3 of being at home. It would normally be the Easter holidays, but nowhere to go this Easter. Are any of you Christian? Easter is a really special time for Christians as it was the time when Jesus was crucified. Myself and Mr McCarthy were very lucky to visit the place where Jesus died. We visited Jerusalem for our 25th wedding anniversary some years back. It was Easter time and I always think about that trip at Easter. I'm not a religious person, but I do love history and found it very interesting to see all the places I had heard about from the bible. I will see if I can upload a photograph or two of me in Jerusalem at Easter.

I hope you are all keeping well and not getting too bored or fed up. If you do need someone to speak to, you can email me these are very strange times and actually I, in all my 57 years on this planet, have never had to live with anything like this. Even I get a bit scared sometimes. I too haven't seen  my family for ages. I have been video messaging my mum and son and daughter in law. Don't worry if you are feeling a bit down, it's ok to feel this way right now. Hopefully you have supportive family around you, but do email me. I will always reply to you.

So I will try and put up a photo or two. For now, take care and keep smiling.

Mrs M.

Something to try created by Debbie at ELSA support

These three haven’t left my side whilst I work this morning 😄 they’re not much help though.

Hello everyone, it's Mrs Chambers here. I am missing you all so much. I hope that you are all keeping safe and well and staying inside with your families. I know that it's a strange time but know that I am thinking about you all the time.

I know that you will all be working hard doing the amazing work that your teachers and teaching assistants have prepared for you. Please all try your best to do what has been set, but also make sure you have lots of fun making happy memories. Do some baking, read books, draw pictures and watch some films.

I hope that you are all joining in at 8pm on Thursdays by clapping and cheering for our amazing NHS staff, myself and my family have. The response around my area has been AMAZING!!

If any of you have an worries or want to have a chat with me whilst being at home, you can email me. My address is:- I hope to hear from you very soon. STAY SAFE xx


Happy Friday week 2


We have just come to the end of week 2. How strange has it been? Some of you might be feeling a little low and really fed up, but do remember to keep in touch with your friends by using phones, messages, videos. I'm sure you are all more creative than me. You all know ways to keep communicating with your friends and family. This is really important for us all including me. Keep busy as this will help your mind to stay focused and don't watch the news too much. It can be a bit much for everyone as the topic is usually the virus and I'm getting fed up of hearing about it. Yes it is important, but we don't need to hear about it all the time.

I was actually in school yesterday and I have to say, school is looking lovely. It's a very clean and smart place right now. Everyone is working so hard to give everything a clean and make it great for your return, whenever that may be.

SOME GOOD NEWS.... Finally the video resource centre has let me upload a couple of videos for you!! One is a quick message and the other is some relaxation. Give it a might giggle though. They are in Learning Mentors section.

Now, it is nearly Easter, which means chocolate! I love chocolate as some of you may know. So lets look forward to the Easter holiday. We as a school staff, are still going to be working from home during the Easter holidays and so my little messages to you will keep coming. Don't forget I love hearing from you. Email me I love getting your mail and seeing what you have all been doing. Why don't you draw me some pictures of Easter eggs or Easter chicks and bunnies. I would love that.  Also for those of you who celebrate Easter for religious reasons, I would love some art work or anything about why we celebrate Easter. Some work about Jesus would be great to see. Enjoy your weekend. Till next time.

Mrs M.

Hi everyone,


I just thought I would check in and tell you what I've been trying to do for you. I have been having some technical issues. I made a relaxation video for you, but I wasn't able to upload it for some reason. I have also tried to do a much shorter message for you this morning, but again it doesn't seem to want to upload. I'm a bit puzzled by this, especially as I managed a video message last week, but I will keep trying.

Anyway, I hope you are all well and are following the rules of washing hands, staying indoors and keeping distance. I have loved reading your emails...keep them coming! I loved seeing your work. Try keeping a diary. I would love to read it when all this is over. 

Till next time, take care.

Mrs McCarthy

Hello everyone.


Hope you are all well. I've spent the morning trying to upload a video message for you, but the computer keeps saying no. Maybe it is too big. Anyway, I recorded some relaxation for you to try. I will keep trying and fingers crossed. Hope your weekend was ok. Still washing those hands and practising social distancing. I'm feeling ok today. Been a bit bored, but trying to keep busy is key. Speak soon,

Mrs M

Ideas for your wellbeing at this time. Most of you know that I am an ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant). I found this and think it may help. Mrs McCarthy

Morning. It's Friday!


Hello everyone, Mrs McCarthy checking in,

We have managed a whole school week. Most of us have been at home. Some of you have been in school, but only a few. I hope you are all ok. Did you clap for the NHS and other key workers last night? I did. I opened my window and clapped. There were others on my street clapping too.

I'm going to try and video a message to you all again next week. Possibly with some relaxation too. I will try my best. Till then. Keep smiling. Speak soon.

Mrs M

Hi Children, it's Mrs McCarthy again.



I have actually managed to upload a video message to you all. I have stored it in year 6 of the video resource centre section of this website.

Speak soon

Mrs M.

Hello children. It's Mrs McCarthy here.


Just wanted to let you all know that I am thinking of you all. I want to give you all some advice that may help you at this time. Please, please stay in your homes. Do not go out with your friends. You may get some exercise, but the government has made it clear that wherever possible we should all stay indoors. Stay 2 metres away from each other.  And don't forget you still need to be washing your hands often.


You all have some homework to be getting on with. This should help you to stay focused and positive. If any of you find yourselves becoming anxious or worried about things, then try to keep busy and talk to your grown ups. Make yourself a bag or box of things you like. Start to collect your favourite things. These could include photographs, books and magazines, collective items like cards, your favourite toys and games. Listen to music, read positive or funny books. Look at these things when you feel your mood is low. Keep a diary. Imagine when things get back to normal, that diary will make some very interesting reading.  If you can try some relaxation, then that would truly help. These things may help. Use the internet to look at sites you know make you feel happier, use group chats, but please remember to be kind and positive with each other. If someone is making negative comments towards you, this won't help. Block them.

Play games that inspire you and make you feel good. Most of you know I love a game of chess.

If you try all these things, the time you are spending at home will not feel so bad. I want to hear from you.  You can message me by email


I would love to hear how you are and maybe you could share with me any ideas you have for staying positive and calm too.

If I can (you all know I'm not the best at technology), I will try to upload a video message soon.

Speak soon Mrs M.


The Learning Mentors

We are Mrs McCarthy and Mrs Chambers. We are both support staff with years of experience working in primary schools and other settings. Our main aim is to break down barriers to learning and to support wellbeing. We want every child at Southglade to be happy and safe in their school. We offer one to one sessions, group sessions and specific interventions that enable our children to become confident, happy students.

Some of our interventions include anger management, anxiety, friendships, confidence building and supporting with bereavement and loss. Some children just want someone to talk to.

We are both trained in Mental Health First Aid and Mrs McCarthy is an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA), which means she can offer specifically planned interventions to children who need emotional support.

We can be found in the mentoring room and in our indoor garden upstairs. We can also be found in breakfast club daily and sometimes in the sensory room. We are both outside every lunchtime.

The mentoring room, The indoor garden and The sensory room.

We are always looking for random acts of kindness and names are pulled out to win a class bear for a week.

The Learning Mentors are available to all children who may have a worry. They can see Mrs Chambers or Mrs McCarthy by request and talk through any worries they have.

Both Mrs Chambers and Mrs McCarthy mentor children. They plan for their children depending on which area they need support with.

Mrs McCarthy is a trained ELSA.  ELSA stands for Emotional Literacy Support Assistant. This means that she can deliver specifically planned interventions to children who may need support with emotions. Areas covered include anger, behaviour, anxiety, confidence and bereavement.


Mrs McCarthy is also trained in Mental Health First Aid and so some of her ELSA work includes mental health support.