There have recently been a number of measles cases in the local area. If you do not know your vaccination status please seek advice from your GP as soon as possible.

 

Please be aware that the Academy will be open as normal from Tuesday 10th December for all students.

 

 

 

Mental Health Student Conference

 

Stem 4 - 2018 Student Conference

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Last week we welcomed Stem 4 to Ark Putney. Stem 4 are a charity aimed at improving teenage mental health by stemming commonly occurring mental health issues at an early stage. With 1 in 10 young people aged between  5-16 experiencing some form of diagnosable mental health disorder - the purpose of the conference was to inform students about how good mental health can be achieved and to challenge any pre-conceived ideas they previously had.

Joined by other local schools, our Year 9 students kick started the conversation on how to help those around them that may be struggling with their mental health. They put forward some excellent ideas and began to build a campaign based concepts such as ‘Live in a world of positivity – remember you are good enough’. We were also treated to a rap by APA student Alexandre Gallimore – sending  the message out through all mediums.

APA Principal Ms. Downey says ‘Mental health is a priority at APA. We focus on ways in which students can help themselves and their peers to handle the challenges that life has in store with the aim to have a balanced, meaningful and enjoyable life’.