Welcome to our Wellbeing section!
Thinking about the wellbeing of our children feels more important than ever right now. Whilst the vast majority of our pupils coped extremely well with the first lockdown, we have noticed that this second period of restrictions has been harder for some to cope with.
It is our aim at Alban City School to prepare our children to cope with life’s adversities and give them tools and strategies to help prevent difficult experiences leading to poor mental health outcomes.
Our focus will be on prevention of poor mental health, which is why we have chosen to adopt the Five Ways to Wellbeing. Many of you will have already heard of this as it has gained a lot of popularity in the media recently. There’s plenty of research that points to the five ways as being key in developing and maintaining good mental health as well as offering protection when difficult life events occur.
What are the Five Ways to Wellbeing?
We can boost feelings of wellbeing by finding opportunities to connect with other people and even pets. This feels even more important right now, which is why we have made it our top priority.
Learning new things has been found to have a positive effect on our wellbeing. Encouraging children to find out new facts, take up a hobby or improve their skills in an existing interest will all be beneficial to their wellbeing.
Slowing down and taking the time to notice what is going on around us, even for a few minutes can make a difference to our wellbeing. For some people mindfulness exercises are helpful but others might prefer something more active. Even focusing on hitting a ball up and down on a racquet counts!
The links between exercise and good mental health are well documented. Whilst it is harder with sports clubs and facilities being temporarily closed, we still need to encourage everyone to be as active as they can.
Small acts of kindness can have a huge impact on our sense of wellbeing. You just have to see the smile on a child’s face when they have helped a teacher with something to see how true this is!
We will start by focusing on ‘Connect’. Each year group will post what they are doing on their blogs but please keep checking this Wellbeing page for more news and information.
Miss Lord and Mrs Smith