Well Being Week 2017

Throughout the course of each academic year we run a series of special event weeks to highlight particular curriculum areas or aspects of learning and pastoral care. A wide range of events takes place during these special weeks. This may involve launching projects and strengthening home school partnerships, as well as giving students opportunities to access experiences that support their learning and development. This week our focus was on community wellbeing.

This year, many of the activities building up to wellbeing week and running through the last few days have involved a focus on the broad range of cultures and backgrounds represented at BSM. As part of this, students have been given opportunities to explore their own unique background. The community was encouraged to explore some of the displays outside the Main Hall, as well as along the level 2 walkway. A large map of the world was plastered on a white wall and students were free to pin and trace their cultural heritage. A single continent made up of jigsaw puzzles with children’s stories was also on display. These give a real flavour of the diversity of our community and the range of experiences our students bring to BSM. 

Throughout the week students have also been considering these issues with their Form Tutors and through the Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) programme.

In addition, we have been raising awareness of strategies to relax when pressures from academic and co-curricular commitments increase. Yoga, funtime Friday, a wear what makes you feel good mufti, the galloping zone, a gratitude wall, mindfulness activities and the ‘Big Brother’ initiative have all been key elements of the week.

Whilst the week in itself is a good way to raise awareness, there are many other things we can do as a community to promote wellbeing. We encourage you to help support your child’s well-being by:

  • Taking an interest in your child’s work. Find out what they are learning about, discuss feedback or grades they may have been given and what they need to do to improve further.

  • Discussing your child’s Senior School Assessment (SSA) reports with them, talking about why they have achieved particular successes, along with areas for development.

  • Helping to develop a growth mindset with your child, praising effort, perseverance, risk-taking and endeavour, rather than a high grade. Accept that sometimes a low grade is a part of learning and encourage your child to learn from this, using application and effort to move forward.

  • Supporting your child to develop good routines, either for home learning activities or developing a regular revision schedule. Ensure that time is devoted to all subjects and topics, with a balance throughout the week.  Revision schedules should be developed well in advance of examinations to avoid cramming.

  • Ensuring your child eats a healthy diet; this can play an important role in aiding levels of concentration, which in turn helps learning and revision.

  • Ensuring your child undertakes regular exercise. This also will help aid concentration and focus during lessons.

  • Making sure that your child has time for relaxation. Whilst some pressure and stress can be very motivating, too much can inhibit the ability to learn and retain information. Helping your child get the balance right is very important.

  • Ensuring that your child gets plenty of sleep. Students aged between 15 and 18 need between 7 and 8 hours a night. This sleep will be most beneficial if your child is relaxed before going to sleep. Try to avoid completing school work and using mobile technology before going to bed as this can affect the quality of sleep. Recreational reading for 20-30 minutes is a good way to relax and ensure that sleep is productive.

  • Encouraging your child to contact their subject teacher if they need additional support with a particular topic or question.

Wellbeing is something that we all need to support; research shows that students who are happy and healthy will be more successful academically.