Our first Wellbeing Week takes place from Monday 11 to Friday 15 February. We have an exciting programme of activities for all pupils, including a wonderful selection of external experts coming in to speak to different year groups and parents.
Wellbeing is essential to ensuring that everyone in our community is able to thrive, not just academically, but physically, mentally, emotionally and socially too. With an increase in mental health concerns nationally, we feel we must ensure that we do all we can to support pupils and help them deal with the inevitable difficulties they will face in life. We hope to help our pupils understand the importance of regular exercise, relaxation and making good choices, and perhaps inspire some of them to make permanent positive changes in their lifestyles.
Wellbeing Week Highlights
Wellbeing is a central focus in some lessons, assemblies, extra activities offered during lunchtimes and after school and workshops for pupils and parents. In addition to a nutrition show, yoga, mini-massage, film club, lunchtime walks and mindfulness drop-in events, we have the following guest speakers in school:
Wasted Youth Talk with Peter Hall (Years 10-13), Monday 11 February
From his personal experiences, Peter gives talks to schools on drug and alcohol addiction and the chaos that surrounds the lifestyle. His presentation is designed to stimulate debate amongst pupils on this important subject.
Parrot Talk with Alicia Drummond (Year 8 & 9), Monday 11 February
A talk on teenage risk taking and outcome assessment which will give pupils strategies to keep themselves safe when faced with all the new choices and pressures that they will encounter. This talk covers the content of Alicia’s book, Why Every Teenager Needs a Parrot, from a teenage perspective (www.aliciadrummond.com).
Parrot Talk Parent Workshop with Alicia Drummond, Monday 11 February, 6.30pm
A talk to complement the pupil talk as detailed above about adolescent behaviour and risk taking, considering the fine line between letting your teenagers go and keeping them safe. Alicia will explain how you can help your children make good decisions despite potential peer pressure. This talk will give you the confidence to arm your children with the knowledge to manage the increased responsibility that comes with the increased freedom of adolescence, and the tools to protect themselves.
Dave Gibson, The Sleep Site, Friday 15 February
Years 12 & 13 and parents – 12.00pm – 12.55pm
Year 11 and parents – 2.00pm – 2.55pm
How does sleep affect learning and memory? How can sleep patterns effect study during exam season? Pupils will learn the answers to these questions alongside some practical advice on relaxation techniques and how to get a better night’s sleep (www.thesleepsite.co.uk).
For Embley parents interested in attending any of the talks, please confirm send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.