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📢 Breakfast Club is now Available!🥣 Cereal, Toast and refreshments available🕒 8:00am - 8:30am Monday - Friday💳 £3 per pupil📄 To book, visit the ParentPay website:https://t.co/kbYdJBnRsE pic.twitter.com/4DFokhtMEq

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🖌️ Enterprise week is an event where pupils can use their creative sides and business minds⚖️ Classes are competing to develop a product to sell to the public🪙 Money made will go towards a charity of the winning classes choice🗓️ Wednesday 28th June at pic.twitter.com/iXS7XrPibf


👑 HAPPY & GLORIOUS!🇬🇧 The Great British weather couldn't dampen spirits as our primary schools held celebration events to mark The Coronation of King Charles III pic.twitter.com/G8pf893cDz


📢 We're Hiring! have a vacancy for a Class Teacher📄 For a job description and application details, please visit our websitehttps://t.co/zoAz1For0I


🐰 Did you spot the BMAT Bunny out and about delivering eggs to our schools?☀️ We hope you're all enjoying the break.🐥 Thank you to and Comfort Aquatics for your contributions to our egg run. pic.twitter.com/YxrQl54bDB

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Pupils appeared in a wave of red in this morning’s assembly for pic.twitter.com/MTyiKfJPi4


On International we’re celebrating Jackie Diggle 🎉 Senior Lead Practitioner ➡️ Headteacher pic.twitter.com/SuGMYCn274

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Notice:All BMAT Schools are open as usual this morning. Teams have been working to ensure sites are accessible and safe. ❄️If anything changes schools will contact parents directly. Please take care travelling to and from school and wrap up warm. ⛄️ pic.twitter.com/VPZayVxJ9a

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As part of our strategy, we have launched our SEND parent forum.Find out more here 👇https://t.co/sX63K3tvD1

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Reception pupils enjoyed their teacher swap lesson, followed by a warm cup of hot chocolate#WorldBookDay2023 pic.twitter.com/tr2hT1cWxT

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Happy !Whitney Watson's favourite book is The Legend of Podkin One-Ear by 📚 "My favourite book to read aloud to a class. A very exciting adventure with fierce battles and a fantastic ending" pic.twitter.com/nwRWYX9HA5

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Pupils told stories with the help of character spoons to bring their books to life. pic.twitter.com/hQTHQEWuNe

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It's and students are enjoying reading in their pyjamas! pic.twitter.com/wVW2KWZyAF

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It's tomorrow!👀 Keep an eye on our socials throughout the day to see what's happening in our schools 📚 pic.twitter.com/hkBFxvPbo0


🐻 We're going on a bear hunt!Reception class took part in a bear hunt messy day in September and we've just uploaded a video from the day 📺https://t.co/oPurdYnaCk

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‼️TENDER OPPORTUNITY‼️BMAT Education are inviting tenders for out of school hours hire of (Harlow) swimming pool 🏊 April '23 - Aug '26.For full details and tender pack please visit https://t.co/Qw7TwEWwjQ pic.twitter.com/21BpR773eb


Hello Freshwaters - we are now at the A414 / M11 roundabout, approximately 10 minutes out. See you all soon.


Hello Freshwaters parents: we are now moving!! ETA is 11:15pm. See you soon, or earlier. Next tweet will be 10 minutes away. Mr Dalton


Hello Freshwaters parents! We are now aboard the coach... but the coach is in a big queue to get out of the coach park. We will let you know when we are actually moving.Mr Dalton

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Freshwaters Primary Academy are at the O2 Arena for Young Voices 2023! We are high up, left of the stage!! pic.twitter.com/8vbtHSlXBr

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Mental Health and Wellbeing


Being mentally healthy does not just mean that you do not have a mental health problem. The Mental health foundation says that: If you are in good mental health, you can:

  • make the most of your potential.
  • cope with life
  • play a full part in your family, workplace, community and among friends.

Some people call mental health ‘emotional health’ or ‘well-being’ and it is just as important as good physical health.

Mental health is everyone’s business. We all have times when we feel down or stressed or frightened. Most of the time those feelings pass. But sometimes they develop into a more serious problem and that could happen to any one of us.

Everyone is different. You may bounce back from a setback while someone else may feel weighed down by it for a long time. Your mental health does not always stay the same. It can change as circumstances change and as you move through different stages of your life.

There is a stigma attached to mental health problems. This means that people feel uncomfortable about them and do not talk about them much. Many people do not even

feel comfortable talking about their feelings. But it is healthy to know and say how you are feeling.

At Freshwaters Primary Academy would like to contribute to make pupils, parents, carers, teachers, and our community healthier. We are all here to support you and your child at school and if you wish to speak to one of us about mental health and wellbeing, please call our school office on 01279 454688 or contact us via email: adminfrw@bmatfreshwaters.org.uk


Domestic abuse chat lines.

During the COVID-19 social isolation/social distancing period we know that there will be victims of domestic abuse living with the perpetrator who are not able to call others for support or help if needed. If this applies to you or someone you know, please consider the support below.

National Live chats and survivor forums.

Women’s Aid Survivors Forum: https://survivorsforum.womensaid.org.uk/

Women’s Aid Live Chat: https://chat.womensaid.org.uk/

Victim Support Live Chat: https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/help-and-support/get-help/support-near-you/live-chat

Essex based.

Changing Pathways - https://changingpathways.org/

Next Chapter https://www.thenextchapter.org.uk/

Perpetrator – Respect phone line (for any one worried they may be harming someone else) - 0808 8021414.

Little Havens Bereavement support line.

Havens Hospice Bereavement Support Line which was set up this week to support anybody who is bereaved directly or indirectly because of Coronavirus and is available to anybody living in Essex. Access the support here: https://www.havenshospices.org.uk/coronavirus-crisis-bereavement-line/.

If your family have been affected in this way, please let us know so we can support your family.

Useful Websites and agencies

The following are links to websites and agencies parents may consider helping their children understand the Coronavirus and the current situation we all find ourselves in. Thank you to the Essex Local Offer team for sourcing most of these websites. We will add more as we come across them:

UNICEF gives six ways parents can support their children: https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/6-ways-parents-can-support-their-kids-through-coronavirus-covid-19

Zero to Three includes at home activity guides: https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/3264-at-home-activity-guide

Zero to Three gives five tips to make the most of video chats: https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/2535-five-tips-to-make-the-most-of-video-chats

Young Minds gives advice for young people and parents on the impact of Coronavirus on mental health: https://youngminds.org.uk/about-us/media-centre/press-releases/youngminds-publishes-advice-for-young-people-and-parents-on-mental-health-impact-of-coronavirus/

Cosmic Kids Yoga for yoga and mindfulness activities: 

MIND give advice on the Coronavirus and wellbeing: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

Anna Freud support young people during periods of disruption: https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/anna-freud-learning-network/coronavirus/

Home Start give ideas of activities for families during self-isolation: https://www.home-start.org.uk/news/activities-for-families-during-self-isolation

Relate is a parent helpline and offers online counselling: https://www.relate.org.uk/relationship-help/talk-someone

The National College has released a free webinar ‘Self-Isolation and Mental Health: Practical Strategies for Managing and Supporting Staff and Pupil Wellbeing’: https://thenationalcollege.co.uk/webinars/self-isolation-and-mental-health-practical-strategies-for-managing-and-supporting-staff-and-pupil-wellbeing ü MindEd educational resources for adults about children and young people´s Mental Health, which is relevant for parents and carers as well as volunteers, teachers and other professionals working with children.

The EVERY MIND MATTERS platform which supports looking after your own and other’s mental health.

Here you will find guidance on looking after wellbeing and mental health during the coronavirus (covid-19) outbreak.


Mental Health at Work have created a website called Our Frontline. This is to support key workers during this difficult time. Access the support here.

YMCA Essex is a charitable organisation that has served the community of Essex for many years. As ever, we stand ready to support children, young people, and families across the county during these difficult times. Should you need support, you can complete our request form and we will put you in touch with the right person or team that can speak with you and help you with any query, support or advice you may need just now. Alternatively, our Family Support, Digital Youth Work, Early Years Online and Housing and Welfare Benefits webpages may also help answer some of your queries and give you and your household additional suggestions on how to keep busy, active and healthy during the coming weeks and months. Access the resources here: http://www.ymcaessex.org.uk/coronavirus-response/

Leader in Me.

Leader in Me is an evidence-based, comprehensive-school improvement model—developed in partnership with educators—that empowers pupils with the leadership and life skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. This is something we at Magna Carta are looking to become involved in. It is based on the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. The owners, Franklin Covey have kindly made some resources free for parents and children to use at home while schools are closed. Click on the link to read more and to access the resources: https://www.leaderinme.org/family-resources/#section6

YCT - FREE counselling service for children and young people (ages 5 – 19) across West Essex. YCT are a well-established and locally respected mental health charity, has recently been commissioned by West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group to provide counselling support to children and young people throughout West Essex. The service will operate throughout West Essex, delivering from community sites in Harlow, Loughton, Waltham Abbey, Saffron Walden, Thaxted, Stansted.

  • Open Door Thurrock, Tel: 01375 389879, Mobile: 07964 420686
  • Community 360
  • Young Carers: Elizabeth Stead, Key Worker Young Carers (West), E: Elizabeth.stead@essex.gov.uk, M: 07827255975

DfE Wellbeing Resources. The DfE have published an extensive list of resources which are free of charge to support children's education at home. Here are the Wellbeing resources: Wellbeing

Medway local authority has created some excellent resources focusing on adult and children's mental health at this difficult time. Please find them in the Page Downloads below. Parents may wish to use the 'lesson plan' as a family.

CAFCASS Co-Parent Hub. A free online resource for separated families linking together expertise from across the family justice sector, has been launched. We have been working with colleagues at the Ministry of Justice to launch this website to help families maintain co-parenting arrangements during this uncertain and stressful time. The Co-Parent Hub can be accessed here.

Explaining to children about the coronavirus:

Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/talking-with-children.html

COVID-19: guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing

World Health Organisation book for children (available as a download) https://interagencystandingcommittee.org/system/files/2020-04/My%20Hero%20is%20You%2C%20Storybook%20for%20Children%20on%20COVID-19.pdf

This book is available in other languages: https://interagencystandingcommittee.org/iasc-reference-group-mental-health-and-psychosocial-support-emergency-settings/my-hero-you-storybook-children-covid-19

The story has been adapted and UNICEF have uploaded it to You Tube: 

Ways to cope with the second lockdown:

Save the Children. Lots of tips and advice (including a downloadable comic): https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/what-we-do/coronavirus-information-advice

Mentally Healthy Schools leaflets (lots of useful links):

Anxiety toolkit: https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/resources/coronavirus-anxiety-toolkit-4/?page=1&IssuePageId=12639

CORONAVIRUS: dealing with the effects of lockdown toolkit: https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/resources/coronavirus-dealing-with-the-effects-of-lockdown-toolkit-5/?page=1&IssuePageId=12639

The World Health Organisation’s tips for parents during the Covid outbreak: https://www.who.int/campaigns/connecting-the-world-to-combat-coronavirus/healthyathome/healthyathome---healthy-parenting

The Educational Endowment Foundation’s resources for parents (including ideas to support home learning routines): https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/public/files/Publications/Covid-19_Resources/Resources_for_parents/Summary_of_Resources_-_Parents.pdf

The Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service (ECFWS) support for you and your family: www.essexfamilywellbeing.co.uk o https://essexfamilywellbeing.co.uk/covid-19-pandemic-resource-hub/

There are many more useful resources on the Magna Carta Primary Academy website and Cooks Spinney Primary Academy website.


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