Well-being Week

Dear Parents and Carers, there is such a lot in the media at present concerning well-being and of course this is important for all sorts of reasons, whether we are children, teenagers or adults. We all need time away from the hustle and bustle to do our own thing or to do what needs to be done at our own pace.

The views of our students are important to us, especially so when they concern their well-being and all the more so now that we remain in lock down. A recurring discussion point with our students is the amount of time they are now requested to spend in front of a computer screen and the additional impact that virtual learning is having on their time across the ‘school day’ and into the evening.  So with that in mind we are preparing for a week of well-being supportive activities for the coming week commencing Monday February 8th. The activities included will support our students well-being during the school day by allowing them screen free time each day and will change focus in the evening time to support and encourage well-being as a family. We hope you find something engaging or inviting to try from the wide list of activities enclosed, all of which have been chosen or suggested by staff in school.  Knowing that there might well be a range of age groups at home we have tried to include something for everyone, form the oldest to the youngest and from the most senior to the most junior of all. We would be delighted to hear how you get on.

Thank you for your support and God bless,

Mrs Bowen


Schedule for Well-being Week

Monday 8th to Friday 12th February

Periods 1-3: screen free time for students. Students will still be expected to engage with their school work but will be directed by their class teachers as to structured tasks that need to be completed without attending live lessons. Submission details will also be included and made clear by their class teachers.

Periods 4-5: students will return to live lessons in the afternoon. Attendance and engagement is both anticipated and expected from all year groups

3.00pm onwards: Family Well-being time. Please choose an activity from the selection enclosed as a family and enjoy. Remember, we would love to hear how you get on.

Assemblies and Form time will be delivered as usual.

Maths and English Intervention for all Year 11 will be delivered as usual during Form time.  

Literacy and Numeracy Stretch for Years 7 and 8 will be delivered as usual during Form time. Students should attend these sessions please instead of attending assembly of Form time.

Good Samaritan Week will be marked and celebrated across the week as planned and advertised.

E Safety will be marked and delivered as planned.


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Mrs S Bowen is the Headteacher of St Thomas More Catholic School.