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17/10/19

In Year 9 Art, students have been mastering their drawing skills and experimenting with different materials whilst looking at architectural features https://t.co/kvqCDRlE3L

17/10/19

This morning 8I have been looking at minimal word improvisations and exploring a character's motivation in performance https://t.co/kVPfEe1I43

16/10/19

Year 7 have been practicing their rugby skills this morning in the fresh air https://t.co/l4p0mUM15G

15/10/19

Our first Open Morning today 9-10am for our prospective families! If you haven't managed to register for this one, we have some more dates available. We'd love you to join us! https://t.co/rjEIOGE3aC https://t.co/KnLZgKKyg5

11/10/19

INSET day today – ‘Brag and tag’ staff shared how they ‘stretch and challenge’ our students. Well done to Mrs Kakkad for collecting the most brag tags! https://t.co/vXJxd2YFcN

11/10/19

A fantastic new opportunity to join our wonderful as Deputy Headteacher. Find out more and Apply - https://t.co/KpEoURr8On https://t.co/zFTyyUC1u1

10/10/19

It's full ahead in the lab at our . Families are getting stuck in to neutralisation and chromatography https://t.co/Rt7hvC8fxn https://t.co/1oGEWktzNy

10/10/19

Inspired by the artist Victor Nunes, some creative designs in Art at our https://t.co/AjEFULmgTv https://t.co/vNbJRwZKrC

10/10/19

Our amazing choir has been performing our Aureus School Makaton throughout the https://t.co/ns8yd2GAxL

10/10/19

A few fierce games of scrabble played in English this evening https://t.co/0jyQXv8GHj

10/10/19

Our amazing Inclusion team have been welcoming our prospective families at our wonderful https://t.co/Nlbl4iwHYc

10/10/19

Some mathematical games being played in Maths https://t.co/qSF2EjNsiR

10/10/19

Great fun being had by families in the Sports hall, table tennis and badminton are a hit 🏸🏓 https://t.co/eWRcZ0ZAEZ

10/10/19

Our Dance studio has captured quite an audience this at our with constant routines in progress https://t.co/AUNtONR0oQ

10/10/19

Thank you to all our students for helping us to celebrate today! https://t.co/D2kQEQ5LBk

10/10/19

We are really looking forward to meeting prospective families at our Open Evening tonight. Headteacher talks will take place at 5, 6 and 7pm and there will be an opportunity to have a tour of our wonderful school. Would you like to join us? Register here: https://t.co/rjEIOGE3aC https://t.co/ZWqXSRLmLA

09/10/19

A reminder that students will be finishing at 1.45pm tomorrow for our Open Evening and Friday is our INSET Day. https://t.co/65nZTDmvqX

09/10/19

Fantastic to see so many students engaging in activities. Today's focus was race and students have made hand prints in the colour of their skin that will be displayed on our hummingbird ❤ https://t.co/bkU5bFaIaf

08/10/19

There is still time to apply! Find out more about these exciting vacancies to join our wonderful team: https://t.co/F7HxopHJoY https://t.co/dlO1Ak7Ghn

07/10/19

In Geography today, our Year 9's have been building a 3D model of a coastline. Some inspiring designs and great . Looking forward to sharing the finished designs later...#geography https://t.co/8zqqL9Ness

Posted on: 05/02/2019

Aureus School makes headlines for Childrens Mental Health Week

Aureus school made headlines this week when Headteacher Hannah Wilson appeared on BBC Radio Oxford Breakfast Show and cameras from BBC South dropped by to focus on Aureus’ award-winning work on improving children’s mental health.

The events coincided with Children’s Mental Health Week and gave those outside the school a chance to see the innovative work being carried out inside, addressing one of the biggest issues affecting schooling and parenthood today.

Hannah said mental health was not taken seriously at the start of her teaching career but the school was prioritising it because of the long-term benefits.

“It wasn't something that was on the agenda when I was at school, or when I trained to teach, but society has changed a lot and we as schools have a responsibility to prepare our children for life,” she said.

She explained that having seen so many teenagers struggle with exam pressure had convinced her to take a “preventative, preemptive and proactive (approach) rather than reactive and responsive,” and as a result, mindfulness is part of our curriculum to ensure stress and anxiety never became major issues.

“We do things from the get-go - in Year Seven, they're building up resilience and skills so when they hit stressful points in life, they know how to deal with them rather than react to them,” she said.

As well as Hannah’s radio appearance, deputy head teacher Julie Hunter and pupils Holly and Patrick appeared on the regional BBC South news to showcase some of our school’s mindfulness teaching tools, and talk about the effect they have had – with Patrick even revealing that he had used what he had learnt at school to help his younger sister get to sleep.

Julie said our efforts as a school were having real rewards: “Last year some Year 7s came out of their exams and said that when they felt they really couldn’t go on any more, instead of walking out, they did mindful breathing,” she said. “No-one knew, they didn’t need to ask anyone for help and they managed to cope themselves.”

This local media attention is just the latest example of our school’s proactive approach to mental health winning praise – last month, we became one of just six secondary schools across the whole country to receive a Gold Status award from the Carnegie Centre of Excellence Mental Health Award for Schools.

Speaking after the BBC South news was shown, Dan Knowles, the chief executive of the Oxfordshire branch of mental health charity MIND, said we were “doing a fantastic job.”

I’m sure everyone will want to join in applauding everyone at the school for all their efforts in helping our school lead the way and set the standard for others when it comes to the issue of mental health among children.

Click here to view the BBC South Today news report

Click here to listen to the BBC Radio Oxford broadcast (about 7 minutes in)