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WEEK 26 - Friday 1 April 2022

Hello to all our year 10 students and their families.

Last weekend we sprung forward into British Summer time; although losing an hour on Mothers’ day wasn’t appreciated, the beautiful weather that we had experienced last week and through the weekend filled me with joy, hope, and energy. My sleeping bag coat and Doc Martin boots were placed back in the wardrobe and my summer attire was encouraged out of hibernation… and then the weather decided to wreak havoc with our senses and it all seems like a distant dream. Hopefully the worst of the weather will be out of the way by the time we return after Easter and the joy of summer can fill the air.

With the warm rays of sun watching over the school grounds, we have been able to open the school field again. For all this isn’t a huge loss of space when closed, the students' attitudes and energy change significantly when they can get out onto the field and relax playing their favourite tunes; games of football and rugby take place, and the appreciation of friends is clearly evident as they sit together laughing and enjoying fresh air. Having a longer lunchtime has advantages on a nice day, with students still venturing outside on the rainy days this week.

This led me to thinking how important being outside is to both our physical and mental health. It is surprising how fresh air, with or without sunshine (although sunshines is better) can help in the following ways:

  • improve your mood
  • reduce feelings of stress or anger
  • help you take time out and feel more relaxed
  • improve your physical health
  • improve your confidence and self-esteem
  • Help to improve sleep
  • help you be more active

Additionally, it can:

  • help you meet and get to know new people
  • connect you to your local community

A lot of our students discuss going for walks, more than I would have previously imagined, and discuss that this became a habit during the lockdowns. Hopefully with the Easter break nearing students will make the most of the local area, or further afield, and get out and enjoy the world outside the window. 

Why do I feel so passionately about promoting time outside to students?  In the past two weeks, students in year 10 have seemed happier and less tense whilst being outside at break and lunch. This then brings a more positive attitude in the  classroom;  helps to create a calmer environment; and students work hard and respond to tasks with a more resilient outcome.

With optimism, I am hoping the weather next week and into the Easter break will be more settled and allow students and families to plan time together over Easter and enjoy wherever they choose to venture.

As always. Please remember we are here to support your child and either a phone call or email will allow us to help.

Stay safe and take care.

Mrs Todd

Head of Year 10

Mrs Green

Assistant Head of Year 10