With everyone spending a lot more time at home, there has never been a better time for prioritising your wellbeing. There are three key areas here: being active, being mentally present and being creative. Try to do something for each of these key areas every day, and let us know how you are getting on. Please email email@example.com with the results of any physical challenges you have undertaken, any feedback from the mental activities and, especially, anything creative that you have produced during this time. We would love to hear from you!
"I made my brother this 11 layer cake for his 11th birthday! It was yummy..."
The Nutrition Guru Recipes for the Summer Holidays
JADF’s Netball Challenge – all are encouraged to take part, no matter your age or gender! Go to Google Classroom and search for ‘KES Netball Challenge’ to find out more – code is: tvofmaa
Get cooking – now is the time to perfect a recipe that will stay with you for life. Make a start with this excellent recipe for banana loaf: Banana Loaf
Free Yoga sessions can be found on YouTube here: Yoga With Adriene
RAH has made a wide variety of Sports Science resources available for all here, plenty to get your teeth stuck into!
CK and her students have put together a fantastic variety of physical and wellbeing activities here - get involved!
Desert Island Discs
RSE Day 2020
RSE Day on 25 June 2020 is a day to celebrate Relationships and Sex Education that promotes the wellbeing of, and safeguards, children and young people.
Head Space is a great Mindfulness app; the first 10 sessions are free and they can be repeated so you don’t need to buy it. There are short mindfulness sessions that only last 3 minutes each and are great for mental wellbeing.
Here are some excellent tips for managing stress and anxiety during this period: Managing Stress and Anxiety
Keep those brain cells ticking over by learning a new language! Give it a go at: Duolingo
How many Sudoku can you do in an hour? There are literally billions to choose from here: Web Sudoku
Mental Health: Myths and Facts
Myth: Only depressed people have bad mental health
Fact: We all have mental health, sometimes it is good and sometimes it is bad
Myth: People with bad mental health will always have bad mental health
Fact: Mental health is not fixed, it exists in a spectrum and it goes up and down
Myth: There is nothing you can do about bad mental health
Fact: There are lots of things you can do: talking a friend, going for a walk and making something creative are just some of the ways you can improve your mental health
Enjoy Sophie Keeble's amazing creative work she has been producing during lockdown...
We received a beautiful pencil drawing of Captain America, by Isabel Wilson. This has inspired us to launch the KES Superhero Challenge! Send us your drawings and paintings of superheroes, to be featured in the Bulletin every week. These can be your favourite superhero from comic books and films, it can be a superhero entirely of your own invention or it can be a real-life ‘superhero’ (and there are plenty of those around at the moment). All art to firstname.lastname@example.org please.
There have been some fantastic entries this week...
This week this fantastic entry has been submitted by Rhyseren in L13...
Any time outdoors that you can get will improve your mood and get you away from screens for a little while, but gardening is particularly good for your wellbeing. This is because it is good exercise, it is a ‘flow’ activity that stops you thinking about other things, and also there are satisfying and tangible results. Have a look at some of the things Mrs Hayden has produced in her garden during lockdown!
Cooking is also fantastic for wellbeing – it is another flow activity, you can eat the results and producing things for others to enjoy is very gratifying. Try these cooking challenges courtesy of Mrs Henderson:
- Ready Steady Cook: one member of the family has to produce a meal for everyone using only a mystery bag of ingredients
- The Budget Challenge: set a budget of £10-15 and try to feed the whole family. The lower the budget, the greater the challenge.
The KES Baking Challenge!
Calling all bakers - we want to see what you've got in your ovens! Whether it's a batch of warm cookies, a towering Victoria sponge, a fresh loaf of bread or a bevy of scones, get baking and send us photos of the results. All photos to feature in future bulletins and best-looking produce to win star baker!
KES Baking Challenge Week 1 - There have been some fantastic entries for the baking challenge this week, as well as one cake that got eaten before a photo could be taken and one that got left in the oven too long (hard luck Mr Powell).
KES Baking Challenge Week 2 - Some more great baking entries here...
Creative Challenge: we would love to see your artwork produced from home. Paint a picture of a family member, a pet or what you see out of your window; write a poem about your favourite things to do whilst at home; create your own board game and make your own board and counters! Send us pictures and they will feature in future Bulletins.
To help get you started, here is a huge list of free online art resources: Art Resources Online
Drama - a great way to bring the family together in a creative way are the drama activities listed here:
Family Salt Dough Hand Print Memory
A salt dough handprint plaque could be a lovely memory of your time during lockdown and something lovely to look back on as a family. Hopefully you will only need ingredients from your cupboard. Please make sure your parents give you permission to do this and will help supervise.
Poem by Murray U12
'You should never view your challenges as a disadvantage. Instead, it's important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages.' Michelle Obama