Reflecting on a busy Autumn term

We hope that you are all enjoying the numerous school concerts, assemblies and celebrations occurring in the whirlwind of the last week of the Autumn term. Whilst we all look forward to a slower pace over Christmas we would like to reflect on just a choice few of important aspects of the past term.

The term started with many new Headteachers joining us in schools across the borough and the results of the Big Youth Conversation shared through the Youth takeover of the Hub newsletter – it has been wonderful to see both groups adding to the passion and drive to improve outcomes for young people within the borough. In October the borough’s Mental Health Charter was launched by young people to support 5 to 19 year olds emotional wellbeing, which included the roll out of Mental Health First Aid training in schools and online mental health and wellbeing support.         

As our year as Borough of Culture draws to a close we hope that all schools feel positive about how the community has been celebrated and reflected in the multiple cultural events that have been delivered. As we move on to ensure its positive legacy is felt in the borough for years to come, we hope that you will all support the Waltham Forest Youth Choir and Tony Mortimor in their quest for Christmas No.1 to raise money for CALM, which looks to prevent suicide by providing support for people at crisis and those who are bereaved by suicide.      

We do hope that you all have an opportunity to relax and enjoy yourselves over the next few weeks, ready to come back to continue with renewed vigour in the New Year!