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Describing Feelings - Weekly Wellbeing

Welcome to the Weekly Wellbeing Blog which brings you all the latest exciting developments in the new Wellbeing Curriculum over the last seven days at BIS HCMC.

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When I developed this week's Wellbeing lesson on ‘Describing feelings’, I never envisaged it being delivered against the backdrop of the current global situation. Emotions and feelings across the world have been heightened in recent weeks and months and this week's lesson provided an opportunity for students in Year 7 to 11 to express their personal thoughts and views. Many students talked about their mixed emotions - anger and frustration at the lack of equality for all that has brought us to this point coupled with hope and desire that this signals a better future for everyone. I was heartened by the maturity with which the students aired their feelings and opinions and the honesty and bravery they showed in expressing them.

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A key element underpinning the Wellbeing Curriculum is helping students know, understand and connect with their sense of self, with others and the world around them. This lesson emphasised the importance of providing our students with the emotional language they need to confidently express their views and helping them overcome the barriers to communicating them. 

This week, I have asked Mr John Redmond, Assistant Head of Year 7, to reflect on the Wellbeing lesson he facilitated for 9H:

"This week in our Wellbeing Lesson, we focused on how we use verbal and non verbal cues to communicate our emotions. We may not be aware of it but frequently we demonstrate our emotions through our actions, expressions and posture. Have you ever left a room due to being annoyed? Ever caught yourself tapping the desk due to impatience? Ever felt yourself walk a little taller because you are particularly happy or proud? Our emotions affect us in different ways and while we may want to keep them to ourselves, our actions can sometimes betray us.

In our discussion, 9H came to the conclusion that these actions may be our way of subtly letting those around us know how we are feeling. Our natural inclination to do this may be because we have learnt it from friends, parents or classmates. However, it may also be because we recognise the importance of communicating how we feel, even if we don’t feel confident in doing so. 

9H were tasked with conveying certain emotions without the use of words; and whilst I took great enjoyment in seeing them pull particular faces or contort their body in strange angles and shapes, we came to the conclusion that our emotions are best conveyed with the help of both words and actions. 

Lastly, we discussed why talking about our emotions can often be difficult. Some suggested that talking about emotions can sometimes burden your friends, others suggested that it was potentially embarrassing, some even said we are taught to not show our emotions ‘Big boys don’t cry’. But everyone believed it was much better to discuss how they felt rather than to bottle it up."

Should  you have any feedback, please do not hesitate to contact me at robert.alexander@bisvietnam.com. I hope you have the opportunity to discuss what we have covered in Wellbeing this week with your son or daughter and thank you as always for your support with our new Wellbeing curriculum.

Mr Alexander

Head of Middle Secondary (Pastoral & Wellbeing)

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