Welcome back to Summer Term.
We know, hearing from you all, that each of our days are looking different and very unique as we try to stay home and protect the NHS and others from the further spread of the COVID-19 virus.
It is hard not doing ‘normal’ things. We have had to change how we think, what we do and how we do it. Some of us have faced real challenges with this and have felt nervous, anxious, worried, even upset about the circumstances we are faced with. These feelings are ok and natural and we should find comfort knowing that everyone is going through the same thing.
However, we are different and will deal with our feelings and emotions in different ways. Some of you may want to try and pretend everything is the same by keeping to a strict routine. You may be angry and get easily frustrated or disappointed with yourself or others. Others may be very relaxed and ‘chill’, hanging out and not doing much. You may even be having ups and downs – some days feeling good and others feeling rubbish. All of these are ok! You must try and figure out what helps you to cope and do your best.
It is important that we keep a balance. We should spend some time each day on each of these 4 areas. Maybe set a goal to do one from each area, every day.
Physical: Exercise, stretch, bounce on a trampoline, dance, skip, create an obstacle course or go for a walk. Join in with Joe Wicks workout or look at Mr Warren’s page for ideas.
Intellectual: Read every day. Do some Math and writing and try a new skill every day. Draw, build, bake, sew, create, design, explore. Use the resources on the website to help inspire you to do something that you love or want to find out more about. You can learn about anything you are interested in.
Spiritual: There are lots of ways we can find time to strengthen our soul by pondering, reflecting, wondering at nature, singing, reading scripture, worshiping and praying. Some suggestions are on the Prayer Space or Collective worship pages. Please also have a look at Mrs Haynes’ Wellness page for some wonderful ideas to keep your mind happy and healthy.
Social: Spend time with friends and family (We know it’s tricky!) Be creative… write a letter, email, facetime, zoom, make a picture for someone, call them, wave, play games. Try things you have never tried before. Build up relationships in a deeper way. Talk together, laugh together, cry together.
If you try some of these each day you will feel happier and less worried about the upsetting things or the future. Some days will be harder than others and you may not get it right all the time. Don’t worry. Just try again the next day. Be kind to yourself and to each other.
We look forward to the day we can be back together again, but for now try and enjoy each day as a precious gift.
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St John’s family… you’ve got this!
What extraordinary times we are living in! Our experiences and challenges over the last few weeks have been historical moments in the making. They will undoubtedly get harder in the coming months as we face our new reality. The future is uncertain for us all. Never before has it been as important for us to work together, united in a good cause. Do not despair or fear that what is asked of us is too much. We can do this together.
Enjoy the holidays in whatever way you can: play together, sing together, laugh together, bake together; walk together (once a day); be creative and get to know each other better. Use the resources below to help and support your family in whatever way works for you.You have the power to do more good than you realise.
From all of us… Thank you! Well done! You are doing a fabulous job!
I can be trusted to fulfill tasks and responsibilities and can be relied upon to do my best.
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths”.