It is an exciting time at the Academy, with the Year 11 students busy with their exams. While secondary school offers a varied and rich life experience, helping our young people to grow into young adults, the GCSE exams are a culmination of all their academic efforts and learning. It is their time to shine and to show what they are made of.
It is a stressful period, both in positive and negative ways, and at the Academy we appreciate that students taking exams are under a lot of pressure. A certain level of stress is needed in order for us to challenge and stretch ourselves, but it is important that the stress we experience doesn’t overwhelm us. It has been very appropriate that this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week has been focused on stress.
Two websites that give advice about managing stress and anxiety and may be beneficial to your child and you at this time are BBC Mindset programme and NHS.
This information may also help you to reduce the stress of exams Exams and Stress. Within the Academy, our Sixth Form Health and Social care students organised a Curry and Chaat event, where they struck up conversations with other students about mental health and how to access support if needed. There have been special assemblies and lessons too, and a tombola to raise funds for the Mental Health Foundation.
The Mental Health Foundation says “Research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lives, and stress is a key factor in this. While stress isn’t a mental health problem in itself, it often leads to depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicide. It can also lead to physical health problems such as cardiovascular disease and joint and muscle problems.”
One way that we can help to alleviate symptoms of stress is to undertake exercise and sport. This benefits us physically and can also give us a sense of wellbeing and achievement, particular in competitive sport. I have been really pleased to hear about some brilliant sporting successes this past couple of weeks
The Year 7 boys were the outright victors at the Manchester United Foundation Hub School Tournament which was played here at MHA. Our girls football team played in the Manchester United Foundation Hub school Tournament and also won some of their games, whilst the Under 13s Girls Rugby Team won the final of the South Manchester Cup!
I wish every student taking exams, taking part in sports or working on their own particular projects of interest every success – keep shining!
Mr Green, Principal