St George’s School is now closed for Easter. Due to COVID-19 all staff are working remotely.
This page will continue to be updated during the holiday period and will include advice on mental health and wellbeing during this uncertain time.
Term resumes on Tuesday, 21 April and we will be in contact with current families with further details about this.
End of term message from William
Keep your children safe on line – monitor what they are doing.
While we are working remotely, safeguarding remains high on our priorities here is a reminder of who to contact if you are concerned.
Pre Prep: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mental Health and Wellbeing
Mental Health and Wellbeing
In preparation for the coming weeks, here are some ways to prioritise wellbeing:
Keep to a routine
This isn’t just about completing remote lessons; include getting up, dressed, baking, reading, exercising, playing and just being.
Involve your child in planning the day, include movement breaks, listen to their thoughts but be prepared to step in to ensure that the plan is balanced.
Limit tablets, phones and TV
When not using these for remote learning or for those precious communications with friends or loved ones, limit their use.
Learning should be fun
Getting out in the garden, baking, painting, making, reading are all good ways to break up the day and keep interested. Plant some seeds and watch them grow – you could record this in a diary, as a drawing or by taking photographs.
Take time to listen to your child, not just about their work but to how they are feeling. Be sensitive to their concerns and worries.
Don’t overdo it
As we come to the end of term we must focus on that balance between routine, work and wellbeing. Praise effort rather than achievement and behaviour. Children work best when they are happy and calm.
Most of all…..
Enjoy the extra time you have together and acknowledge the things there are to be grateful for every day.
If you are worried about your child around their mental health and wellbeing please let me know and we will do all we can to support them and you.
MindUP for Families|
MindUP have recently launched a new page on their website MindUP for Families. The page features information and resources for parents/carers and families that can be accessed from any device and printed.
Listen to a Brain Break
Listen to a brain break via this link https://mindup.org.uk/mindup-activities/
Do your own using the script at least twice a day.
Brain Break Script
- I invite you to sit down in an upright, comfortable position
- Close your eyes or look down at your palms, to be respectful of others in the room
- Take calm, slow breaths. Gently breathe in and out
- Keep your shoulders relaxed
- When you hear the chime, listen to the sound as long as you can
- (hit chime – wait until you cannot hear the chime)
- Feel your tummy rising and falling (pause for 10 seconds)
- If your mind wanders, tat’s ok, just try to bring your focus back to your breath (pause for 10 seconds)
- Feel the air coming into your body and going out again (pause for 10 seconds)
- When you hear the chime again, listen as long as you can
- When you can’t hear the sound any longer, slowly, gently open your eyes and look to the front of the room (hit chime)
Non Screen Activities
Advice from PHE
Free audible stories for children
Please see link below to Audible, a resource offering free audiobooks for children.
Lower School Weekly Bulletin
Message from Ian Nicholas and FAQ's
Dear Parents (and pupils),
Year 4 – 8 Parents
There are likely to be a number of questions that both you and your children have next week as we move into an online distance learning programme for the pupils. This is completely understandable, so please see below a selection of frequently asked questions with answers, hopefully helping to give some clarity about what we are expecting of the children when undertaking school work from home:
Q: What lessons will my child need to do each day?
A: The children will receive work relating to the lessons they should have on any given day (they have an individual timetable in their prep diaries to know what to expect). For example, if they have Maths, English, French, History and Science on a Monday then the teachers for these subjects will send work.
Q: How will I know my child has received the work?
A: The teacher will make sure the work to be completed by the children is uploaded to their Google Classroom account by 0800hrs on the day it is to be done. The work for that day will be found on their ‘to do’ list.
Q: How long is my child expected to work on each subject task?
A: The teachers know that approximately 40-45 minutes of work is to be set for each subject per day.
Q: Will my child be expected to do homework?
A: No. We want the children to get comfortable as quickly as possible with learning from home without overloading them.
Q: Will my child be expected to work beyond Wednesday 25 March if they have not completed the online work?
A: There is no expectation for the children to work beyond Wednesday next week because Thursday is the official date for the start of the Easter break.
Q:What happens if there is no computer available or the internet stops working on the day my child is supposed to do their school work?
A: Please email the subject teachers the moment internet service is available or the moment a device becomes available, alerting them to the fact there will be a delay in the work being submitted.
Please do not hesitate to email me at email@example.com if you think of any further questions that might need answering in relation to the academic distance learning programme, even if it is before Monday; I will do my best to answer them.
I wish you and your children a smooth start to a very unusual method of teaching and learning from Monday, 23 March 2020.
With very best wishes,