The blog this time is written by the newest member of SLT, Assistant Head Mr Pooley, and focuses on our ability to impact our own wellbeing
I am writing this blog after a fun-packed family half term. It was refreshing to spend time with my family, enjoy days out and watch my two young sons growing up fast. Taking time to connect and be active as a family is an important aspect of improving wellbeing. It got me thinking of the people and experiences that have impacted me and how thankful I am to be have been given so many opportunities throughout my life.
As a student I attended The Bishop’s Stortford High School and, similarly to our students, I was given many opportunities outside of the classroom. We are blessed as a school to have such a wide variety of extra-curricular opportunities and my advice to our students is take them, do not wait and regret not getting involved. This term there are sports clubs / fixtures, music events, house plays and many more activities to get involved in.
Before half term I ran a session for new staff on the ‘Five ways to wellbeing’ and we focused on the theme of giving, and how showing gratitude can increase your happiness. How often do we show gratitude? I started to reflect upon the support I have received in my new role this term, both at home and from colleagues at school. Simon Balle really does have a fantastic community spirit and people are so supportive of one another. It is important all of us take time to show appreciation to people that have influenced us or helped us.
With the increased pressure on our students it is important to get the balance right and ensure they are given the right support both at home and in school. Be proactive in improving your own wellbeing and focus on the five strands:
Connect with others
My final message to you all (that I need to remind myself of when busy at work), is to make time to be active and connect by spending precious time with family and friends.