Update to Mental Health Week

Mental Health Week was a great success with many of the students and staff helping to make it a wonderful experience for everyone in the school.

All students were included and it additionally highlighted the importance of sleeping, exercise and eating healthy.


Update to Mental Health Week.


danty tea

Wednesday was a surprise tea party for students! We allowed students to have tea, coffee or juice and a few biscuits and take a moment out of their busy timetables to reflect on their lives and stress techniques that can be used coming up to exam time.


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Before the tea party we went through different stress techniques that can be used by students when they begin to feel stressed. One technique which I hadn’t heard before was the 7-11 breathing technique.

Breathe in to the count of 7 and then out to the count of 11. Repeat about 6 times.

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After researching about I’ve discovered it’s a particular form of breathing which can be used when you are:

  • Feeling stressed
  • Struggling with panic attacks
  • Having difficulty sleeping
  • Having difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling agitated or anxious
  • Suffering from “nerves” or anxiety

Why the 7 11 breathing technique works so well is that the outward count expels the majority of the air from your body. This has the effect of stimulating the body’s natural relaxation mechanism. It stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system. A simple and effective way to do this is to use a simple counting method whilst paying attention to your breathing. Additionally, as you push more air than usual out of your body, you will find that your neck and shoulders automatically feel more relaxed and your mind feels more calm.

To keep in mind this blog was set up to enhance education through the medium of web 2,o technology – I have found out that there is a 7 11 app!

Links for the different breathing apps:


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Another event which occurred during Mental Health Week was the screening of the recent Pixar success Inside Out.

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school. (Rotten Tomatoes http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/inside_out_2015/ )

The importance of this accessible movie is having visuals were students can see that it’s ok not to be ok! You have a bumpy road through life.

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There is no straight forward road in life.






Winter foods


Today 2pm looked like 11pm. Pitch black darkness.

Winter is defiantly here – the little bit of Indian Summer we had is well and truly over now.

However, how do you keep healthy during these cold darkening months?

Food plays a huge part of our lives – especially when in school. Teachers and students alike are in school usually from half eight in the morning until four or five in the evening depending on how long it takes to return home thus food is important!

Healthy Foods to eat during winter!


Dark Leafy Greens

Dark leafy greens, such as kale, chard and collards, thrive in the chill of winter when the rest of the produce section looks bleak. In fact, a frost can take away the bitterness of kale. These greens are particularly rich in vitamins A, C and K. Collards, mustard greens and escarole are also excellent sources of folate, important for women of childbearing age.

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Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits, including lemons, limes, oranges and grapefruit, are at their juiciest in the wintertime and can add sunshine to the dreary winter. Citrus fruits are loaded with vitamin C—one medium orange delivers more than 100 percent of your daily dose.


Winter Squash

There are many varieties of winter squash—including butternut, acorn, delicata and spaghetti squash—and they are all excellent choices in the winter. One cup of cooked winter squash has few calories (around 80) but is high in both vitamin A (214 percent of the recommended daily value) and vitamin C (33 percent), as well as being a good source of vitamins B6 and K, potassium and folate.