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Webchat: Getting Ready For School 21.08.2017 4:30-5pm

Join us for a chat from 4:30pm on Monday 21st August 2017.

Worried about going back to school or starting a new school, have a question you would like answered, then join us online on Monday 21st August at 4.30-5pm where you can chat about your feelings and get health advice and information.

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Chat Health (Sarah - Moderator) / 21 Aug 16:20

Its nearly time to go back to school. Join us in 10 minutes to chat about getting ready for school

Chat Health (Sarah - Moderator) / 21 Aug 16:32

Welcome to today's webchat. As the holidays are now coming to an end we are talking about getting ready for school. You might be returning for another year at your old school or starting a new school. Are you looking forward to it or are you worried about what might happen?

Chat Health (Sarah - Moderator) / 21 Aug 16:38

If you are nervous about getting back into the school routine there are things that you can do to help.
- Get your things organised the night before school so that you are not rushing around in the morning
- Eat some breakfast before you leave, it can be a long time until break and you may be distracted if you are hungry
- If its a new school find out where the toilets are and what the rules are about mobile phones so that you don't get into trouble
- Remember to use a planner or homework diary so that you don't forget any of your homework

Do you think that these things would help you to be more calm when going to school?

Chat Health (Sarah - Moderator) / 21 Aug 16:45

If you are starting a new school then you may be nervous about everything being different. There are things that you can do to help you settle in...
1. Be confident: first impressions are important, so keep your head high... If you walk with confidence people will think you are confident!
2. Smile: smiling makes you more approachable. Smile and others will smile with you!
3. Be honest: don’t exaggerate or make up cool things about yourself. It won’t be so cool when the truth comes out.
4. Talk to the person sitting next to you – saying ‘hi’ may be all it takes to start a friendship!
6. Get orientated: take up that offer of visiting the school before you go. Ask for a tour or a map of the school; asking for directions is a good way to get to know people too
7. Take time getting used to the school: you’ll get to know where everything is so don’t rush!
8. Make an effort to make new friends. Be open to new friends; if your old friends are true friends, they’ll be happy for you to find new friends too.
9. Join in with something! Join a team, a club or an activity. People who share the same interests as you are likely to be your kind of people.
10. New place = new opportunity. A new school is a possible chance to start over if you need to.
These ideas were all shared on the CBBC website, what do you think would help to settle into a new school?

Chat Health (Sarah - Moderator) / 21 Aug 16:58

There are lots of people who work in school who will be happy to talk to you if you are worried about something. Your teacher will be happy to talk to you and schools also have pastoral staff who are there to support you. Your Public Health Nurse can also be contacted through school. Talking to your parents or carers is also important if you have worries about going back to school or starting a new school

Chat Health (Sarah - Moderator) / 21 Aug 17:02

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