Congratulations to all of you for embracing our online learning platform.  Over the next few weeks and throughout the holiday period, it will be even more important to manage your health and wellbeing.  It can be very easy to become overwhelmed by too much media and exposure to all that is happening with COVID-19, so I would strongly encourage you to switch off, take a deep breath and implement some of the following:

Accept that you cannot control this situation.  Rather than getting angry or frustrated because you can’t do the things you normally do, adapt and try to see things through a different lens.  Learn a new skill, start a new hobby and make sure that you stay connected with family and friends.  Touch base with your grandparents daily to make sure they are doing okay and where possible try to help them. Teach them to use FaceTime or Skype so that you can regularly keep in touch.

Every day stop to consider the things that you are grateful for.  Start a gratitude journal, meditate or practice mindfulness – who knows, by the time you are ready to return to school, you may feel considerably more positive and appreciative.

Along with the above suggestions, it is also important that you eat well, move well and sleep well.  When we are at home all day, it is easy to snack regularly.  Try to stick to your usual routines, eating the meals you would normally have such as breakfast, lunch and dinner, and include a snack for morning and afternoon tea.  If you find yourself grazing, perhaps do something active instead.  When you exercise, your body releases chemicals that improve your mood and make you feel more relaxed.  If possible, try to exercise outside in the fresh air.  You will be surprised at how good you feel.  Finally, sleep well.  Have a bedtime routine such as taking a bath before bed, drinking warm chocolate milk and switch off from all devices.  Maintaining good routines when you are at home is really important.

Finally, look after each other.  If you know that someone is struggling, reach out to them.  Be kind, because kindness is contagious!

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School