The above quote brought the first Wellbeing lesson of the week to a close as our Year 10 students explored the theme of “Being Human.” We identified both positive and negative emotions and explored the idea that all emotions are valid - the key is to embrace our positive emotions whilst finding ways to minimise the intensity of our negative emotions.
I took the opportunity to visit a number of Tutor groups this week and it was fantastic to see so many examples of Tutors and students deeply engaged in conversations centred on themes and questions raised in their Wellbeing lessons. One Tutor group were exploring the question “What are three ways I would like other people to think of me?” and hotly debating whether being brutally honest was a positive or negative characteristic! It was great to see such a robust exchange of differing viewpoints explored in a mature, thoughtful way.
The Year 7 Wellbeing lesson focused on “People bouncing back” and centred around the Dr Seuss poem “Oh, the places you’ll go.” This gave us an opportunity to explore some of the necessary skills required to bounce back in times of adversity and develop greater depths of resilience to help us cope when times are tough. It is wonderful to see so many of the Year 7 students actively engaged in their Take Home Tasks.
I hope you are having an opportunity to discuss the Wellbeing curriculum with your son or daughter and gain a greater understanding of the work they are doing during lessons and in Form Time. It was fantastic to have the opportunity to talk to parents of Year 7 this week and I look forward to speaking with many more of you at the upcoming Parents Open Days.
Mr Robbie Alexander, Head of Middle Secondary (Pastoral & Wellbeing)