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Wellbeing

Taking care of your wellbeing, both body and mind, is really important while isolated at home.

You may feel bored, frustrated or lonely. You may also be low, worried or anxious, or concerned about your own health or those close to you. It’s important to remember that it is normal to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently. Remember, this situation is temporary and these difficult times will pass.

There are lots of inventive ways to help us with our wellbeing and we invite everyone to get involved in the House competitions for weekly fun and games. In addition, the Rev. has been broadcasting his services regularly (see below) and the co-curricular section of moodle will have lots of ideas to get involved with.

The following tips and links here are intended to help you keep on top of your mental wellbeing during this time. Truro School is also offering support throughout the closures and if you need help or you are worried about another pupil please do not hesitate to contact your tutor or the pastoral team on pastoralcare@truroschool.com (Senior School) or preppastoralcare@truroschool.com (Prep School). These email addresses are constantly monitored.

Mental Wellbeing

 

This is a difficult time for us all. All our families have had a change to their normal lives. Many children and adults are worried. The following practical ideas may help:

  • Get up, washed and dressed as usual to add structure to your day, even if you have to stay in.
  • Try to schedule your day with different activities; e.g. meals, screen time, exercise, studying, getting outside.
  • Create a working space for yourself; when you are in this space, you know it is time for work but make sure you also move away from this area when it is time for rest and relaxation.
  • Continue to be sociable, utilising phone calls, social media (as appropriate), texts, video calls or email.
  • Take the time to learn a new skill or practice an existing one.
  • Get outside following the Government guidance.
  • Include something creative into your daily home timetable; this might be a piece of art, DT or a drawing to complement written work.
  • Find the balance between screen time and non-screen time. Regular breaks will make sure you take time away from the screen.
  • Do something fun every day – this can be a game, a chat with a friend, watching something that makes you laugh.
  • Remember to drink lots of water, eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly.
  • Be aware of your feelings and work to recognise when you feel overwhelmed. Try to talk to someone and share your concerns.

If you need help or you are worried about another pupil please contact your tutor or the pastoral team on pastoralcare@truroschool.com (Senior School) or preppastoralcare@truroschool.com (Prep School). These email addresses are constantly monitored.

Who do you want to be during Covid-19?

We came across this interesting diagram which helps you to identify who you are and who you want to be during this time, either in the Fear Zone, Learning Zone or Growth Zone.

It’s important to note that learning does require overcoming a little bit of fear, but sometimes it’s the only way to reach growth and ultimately for us to benefit, even from the worst kind of situation.

Useful Links

Young people can use the following website which offers guidance:

Childline
Cornwall Local support with Mental Health
Young Minds

Talking to children worried about coronavirus

If you are interested and it doesn’t cause you greater stress, the links below give some of the key facts.

Live Science
BBC Newsround
Mencap
NSPCC

A book for children on coronavirus

Online Safety

If you are worried about any online activity amongst children in our school community, please contact the pastoral team by email on pastoralcare@truroschool.com (Senior School) or preppastoralcare@truroschool.com (Prep School)

Our children are spending more time online during the school closure and providing a safe environment online can be challenging. Please take time as a family to check you have appropriate filters on your house broadband. The following recommendations are to support online safety and interaction amongst both parents and students.

For children and young people

You may also be interested in:

An engaging set of activities to explore a range of online concerns such as sharing and password security:
www.beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/en_us/interland

A general quiz for students to reflect on their online activities:
www.digiworld-my.parentzone.org.uk/digiworld-my/

Aimed at 8-10 year olds, a set of videos and accompanying games to reflect on their online interaction with strangers and friends:
www.thinkuknow.co.uk/8_10/

A smart device keyboard that helps you to reflect on your online relationships and interactions:
www.bbc.com/ownit/take-control/own-it-app

Mindfulness:
www.mindfulnessinschools.org

Online Tai Chi sessions with local provider:
www.seahorsearts.co.uk/register-for-online-classes

For families:

 

Coronavirus: Supporting those with hidden vulnerabilities who are isolated in their own homes

This guidance sets out some principles and priorities for supporting children and young people with hidden vulnerabilities and their families and includes good practice examples and links to some organisations that may be able to help. 

 

Ideas for helping with well-being

There are lots of inventive ways to help us with our wellbeing and we invite everyone to get involved in the House competitions for weekly fun and games. In addition, the Rev. has been broadcasting his services regularly and the co-curricular section of moodle will have lots of ideas to get involved with.

The document below was written by a student, for students, to help them through remote learning.

The Truro School Identity

Our school motto, Esse Quam Videri, (to be rather than to seem to be) captures the essence of our identity. From Nursery right through to Sixth Form the Truro School Community shares the same values and approach to education which help to shape our identity. Underpinned by strong Christian principles, we are a caring and inclusive community which values, nurtures and develops each individual. Click on the links below to find out more.