To all our St.Vincent’s pupils,

We may not be with you in person but we are still here for you and will be thinking of you every day. You are used to using Worry Boxes in school. This is another version of the Worry Box.   If there is anything worrying you, please  post it below. We won’t publish your name but we will publish what is worrying you anonymously and we will try to find a solution which we will publish so you can read it-and this might also help others who are feeling the same way. You are not alone.

Father Christopher, our School Chaplain, is still based at St.James’s and he will always listen and be available to support our families.

You can also contact Child Line on 0800 1111 Childline website support


41 comments on “Worry Box

  1. Margaet Hulme says:

    Hello everyone,
    It’s Margaret here from St James.
    Over the past few years I’ve had the privilege to get to know so many of you – through First Holy Communion at St James… (do you remember your classes?) – and for many of you – your fantastic First Holy Communion Celebration ….. Maybe take some time to reflect with your family about that really special celebration – and for those of you currently in the FHC Class – we WILL be celebrating your first Holy Communion – but maybe not for the next few weeks….. rest assured when we do – it will be even more special …. Do get your books out again and as Miss Coleman says – don’t hesitate to drop Fr Christopher or myself an email if we can help at all…. it’s lovely to be in touch with you ..

  2. Anonymous says:

    I am worried I might not see some of my classmates again. Also that some are upset as it makes me feel bad and also quite sad.

  3. Miss Coleman says:

    Thank you for sharing your worries. On this page we will never post your name but it’s good to share your feelings as other children will be feeling the same way to and maybe our suggestions can help.

    This is a sad time for us all and it’s okay to miss your friends and teachers. We miss you too. Luckily we can all stay in touch via the school website and we’ll continue to develop this.

    We know the sudden end of school has been particularly hard for Year 6. I have promised that as soon as I am allowed to open the school, I will do so-and even if we only have one week, Miss Gorick, Mrs Healy and Mr Rees are committed to helping you all to put on a fantastic production. Keep thinking of ideas!

    There is a possibility that the school will not open until the new academic year. If this happens, we will try to organise a reunion for Year 6. It’s important to have a proper goodbye before you all start at your secondary schools.

    In the meantime, keep posting on the Blogs and reading the comments from your friends and teachers.

    Lots of children across the country are making rainbows and displaying them in their windows to show other children that we are not alone and to spread hope. Why don’t you try that? It’s also a good reminder of St. Vincent’s.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I am worried about if they cut the trees in the rainforest.

  5. Miss Coleman says:

    I’m very impressed that you care about our world so much. When we are back at school, why don’t you try to join the school Green Team?

    Until then, there are lots of ways you can make a difference to the rainforest:
    Tell your friends and family about how important the rainforests are. We look at Planet Earth as one of topics in Year 2.
    Use less paper—re-use paper instead of throwing it out. Cut it up to use as a notepad, or recycle the paper you use.
    Ask your family to buy foods that are grown in a sustainable way ( a way that is safe for the environment, for wildlife, and for people) e.g. fairtade bananas
    Whilst you are at home why not do a project to learn more about rainforests and the plants and animals that live there. Read about other children who live in and near the rainforest; see how they and their families depend on the plants and animals in the rainforest. Create a poster or write a story or poem. If you send us a photograph we can show this on the school website and share this important message with more people.

  6. Mrs Knowler says:

    I am worried about the rain forests too. People are being really irresponsible about it and behaving in very bad ways. Miss Coleman had some great ideas but if you think of any more you can always let Green Team know. We will be working hard as soon as we get back. If that is not until the next academic year the current team can stay as they are, because they have worked so hard. Plus, we have a great new member that has not had the chance to do anything yet!
    This is the generation that can help to turn things around. That is shown by the fact that you, and lots like you, really care. And I thank you for that.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I am worried about Italy . The coronavirus is deadly and it makes me sad.

  8. Miss Coleman says:

    Thank you for sharing your feelings. Lots of people feel worried at times like this and it is a sign that you care. I also have family in Italy and I know that in their country they are taking lots of precautions such as staying inside, to keep themselves safe. That’s why we have closed schools, shops and restaurants here, so we can all contribute to keeping each other safe.

    Many people recover from the coronavirus and hopefully there will soon be a vaccine. We must all remember to wash our hands thoroughly to stop the spread of infection.

    We are lucky to have our faith to guide us during these difficult times. Think of all the messages of hope in the Bible and remember that God will always guide us through difficult times. Look up Psalm 23 1-6 ‘The Lord is my shepherd’ and see if you can find comfort in the words.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I’m worried about the coronavirus.

  10. Miss Coleman says:

    Thank you for sharing your feelings. It’s really important to express these emotions. I think we are all worried about coronavirus but there is lots to do to keep ourselves safe, such as staying inside and remembering to wash our hands.
    We have made a news post with a helpful video and some child friendly information about coronavirus so why don’t you look at that? Finally remember to say your prayers and ask God to keep our loved ones safe. I find saying the Our Father is very comforting at this time.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I hope this coronavirus won’t last for long. I worry about family and friends.

  12. Miss Coleman says:

    Have a look at the responses above and you will see that other children have the same worries as you. Hopefully some of the suggestions that have been given to them will also help you.

  13. I am worried that I will never see my family again.

  14. Miss Coleman says:

    This is a worrying time and it’s good that you are sharing how you are feeling. However, schools are closed and we are all staying inside to keep everyone safe-and that includes you and your family.
    Today is the Queen’s birthday and earlier this month she gave an inspiring speech that we very reassuring. You can watch it on the BBC website
    The speech ended with the words, “We will be with our friends again, we will be with our families again, we will meet again. ”
    I am looking forward to when we can all see our families again-and to seeing everyone in our St. Vincent’s family.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I hope that all the fun events before leaving school will still continue. I’m worried that the year 6 production will be cancelled.

  16. Miss Coleman says:

    It is important that schools are closed to keep us all safe. I don’t know when schools will be allowed to open again but I promise you, if this is before the end of the school year, we will plan lots of fun events and am amazing production. Miss Gorick, Mrs Healy and Mr Rees have already been thinking about this so that we are full prepared.
    I think you all deserve a wonderful farewell after being such wonderful students at St.Vincent’s and I am very proud of you all.
    Take care,
    Miss Coleman

  17. Miss Gorick says:

    This also makes me worried but like Miss Coleman said, schools are closed at the moment to keep us safe.
    If we are allowed to re open, we will do everything to put on an amazing production/plan lots of fun events!
    You are a wonderful group of children and I have been very lucky to teach you this year! (Actually, I have been extra lucky as I have got to teach you twice!!)

  18. I hope we get to do the year 6 Production this year too. Staying safe is the most important thing of course, but as long as it’s safe for us to do it I’m sure you’ll put on a fantastic show.

  19. Anonymous ?? says:

    I am worried that year 6 won’t get to see each other before they go to their new schools??

  20. Miss Coleman says:

    It is really kind and caring of you to worry about the Year 6 pupils. Luckily lots of the children have been able to return to school and see each other in person and they have also all been staying in touch on their Zoom chats. With the power of modern technology we have also managed to make a Year 6 production starring everyone in the class. This will launch on the school website news tomorrow (Thursday 16th July) at 14:00 so do watch. We hope you enjoy it!

  21. Mrs Healy says:

    I also hope we get to do year 6 production so let’s all keep our fingers crossed that we might get back to school .

  22. Anonymous says:

    I have a worry that me and my family will get the corona virus and also that I won’t be able to get our new house in Colindale in 2 weeks as it will get expired if the completion is not done in 3 weeks.

  23. Miss Coleman says:

    Thank you for sharing your feelings. It’s really important to express these emotions. I think we are all worried about coronavirus but because everyone has made such a great effort to stay home, the situation is improving and looking more positive. There is still lots we can do to keep ourselves safe, such as social distancing and remembering to wash our hands.
    Remember that we can always pray to God to keep our loved ones safe. If you look at the news posts there are daily prayers posted at the beginning of every week that you can say.
    Buying a house is exciting but worrying -but this is a grown up worry so maybe you can talk to your parents about this. Hopefully there will be some good news soon.

  24. Anonymous says:

    I am worried not to be able to see my friends at school again.

  25. Miss Coleman says:

    Thank you for sharing your worries. It’s good to share your feelings as other children will be feeling the same way to and maybe our suggestions can help.

    I understand you worrying about this as the government has decided that only some year groups should return at the moment. However, we are hoping that by September all year groups will be able to come back to school so you will see your friends then.

    In the meantime, keep posting on the Blogs and reading the comments from your friends and teachers. It’s also good to look at the news posts as we have tried to make regular videos so you can see your friends and teachers on film, if not in person. We will try to make another one soon.

  26. Anonymous says:

    I am worried that we might not go back to school and I will not be able to see any of my friends altogether at the same time as we are going to separate schools in the new year.

  27. Miss Coleman says:

    Thank you for sharing your feelings. This is a particularity difficult time as some children have returned to school but, for lots of different important reasons, some of you need to continue to stay at home. I know that this is particularly hard for Year 6 as it’s your final time together before going to secondary school. I would suggest that you talk to your parents about how you are feeling. If they feel that it is safe for you to return to school , you will be most welcome to join one of the Year 6 Bubbles. Luckily , with social media, it is much easier to stay in touch with each other when you go to secondary school. You should try to organise a reunion when this is all over. This time will pass. I will continue to remember you all in my prayers.

  28. Anonymous says:

    I’m worried ? that I’m not going to get to see my friends ??

  29. Miss Coleman says:

    Hopefully your parents have told you that good news that we have arranged for every class to have some time back in school to see their teachers and their friends. If you still need to stay at home I am sure that, when your parents think it is safe, they will arrange some play dates for you to see your friends. Maybe you could go to the park and keep a social distance as the advice suggests that being outside is safer?

  30. Anonymous says:

    I am worried about that if my family will get coronavirus. I feel very anxious about that when this virus is going to end.There will be a good time for my sister , back to school because she is spending too much time on her mobile phone and it is not healthy.

  31. Miss Coleman says:

    Thank you for sharing your worries. It is understandable that we all feel worried during this difficult time. However the good news is that the alert level is our country has been lowered, meaning that that situation is improving. In fact, countries across the world are easing their lockdowns, which is really positive. Keep washing your hands and keeping a social distance from others to help you and your family stay healthy.
    Lots of people are on their devices more whilst we have been spending more time at home and that is okay for now as its a good distraction and a way of communicating with others whilst we cannot see them in person.
    We are now planning for all classes to have some time back in school -to see their teacher and their friends-and I am hoping that we can welcome everyone back in September.

  32. I am worried that I will fall behind.

  33. Miss Coleman says:

    Good morning,
    Thank you for sharing. It is understandable that you feel worried at the moment but every child is in the same situation and your teachers are working really hard to support you all. The biggest step was returning to school and now we will make sure we help you to catch up with any learning you have missed and that you continue to make progress. Keep trying your best and read whenever you can.

  34. Anonymous says:

    What if we have to go back to home learning ?
    I am worried as we have just came back and it was great. I guess it won’t be too joyful. 😔
    What will happen next? 🥺

  35. Miss Coleman says:

    Thank you for sharing your worries. It was lovely to have you all back at school today and I’m so pleased that you enjoyed your day.
    We will do all we can to keep our school open but it may be that we need to close a bubble and so revert to remote learning for a short period of time. Hopefully this won’t happen but we will do whatever we need to stop the spread of the virus. If we do return to home learning, you are all great at using Google classroom and we will do our best to make it fun and joyful!
    We can never know what will happen next but we need to put our trust in God and be hopeful that this difficult time will pass soon.

  36. I never want to die.

  37. Miss Coleman says:

    Thank you for writing your worry here. I hope you feel better after us chatting and spending some time with Molly this afternoon. Everyone will die at some point but usually people die when they are old and then they can see all of their loved ones again in heaven.
    Father Christopher will be coming to speak with your class next week and he will be able to answer any questions you may have.

  38. On Tuesday there is swimming, so half of year 5 is missing some of their football time

  39. Miss Coleman says:

    Thank you for sharing this worry. It’s your last swimming session next week so for that week only we will swap the football days so that Year 6 play on Tuesday and Year 5 play on Wednesday.

  40. I am worried that now Miss Hoskins has left all year five will not be the same.

  41. Miss Coleman says:

    Thank you for sharing your feelings. It is always sad when a teacher leaves in the middle of the year but lots of the Year 5 team will be the same, as will your friends. We are looking forward to having a brilliant new Year 5 teacher who will be with you until the end of the year.

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