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A short video for reassuring the children about the return to school and to say 'hi' and a little idea to help with separation anxiety at the gate when it comes to the first few days of leaving you. Please do think about this with your children as you prepare to come back to school. Looking forward to seeing you all this week!



Please share these social stories that I wrote with your children so they know what to expect as they return to school on Thursday 3rd September. Click on your class name to take you to the document. You may have been sent them already by the staff in your classes, but I just wanted to make sure they were all together in one place so you could find them easily. We can't wait to see you!

St Richard's Stay Happy at Home

Our staff members share what they do to keep their spirits up in lockdown.

Don't worry! We'll see you soon

As a staff we produced a video for the children of St Richard's to let them know we are always thinking of them and can't wait to see them as soon as possibl...

          In these difficult times it is really important that we look after ourselves and each other:


  • Free online counselling service for 11-18 year olds


  • Free well-being apps also suitable for children:


  • Wysa – talk to a penguin character, an emotionally intelligent chatbot that uses AI to react to your emotions!


  • Smiling Mind - This app has great body scan meditations to help children develop the awareness of what’s happening in their bodies. Learning about what’s happening in your body is one of the first steps of an authentic mindfulness practice.


  • Three Good Things: A Happiness Journal.- This app is simple and easy-to-use, helping children focus on the positive and recognizing what went well today. (Ages 6 and up.) Every child gets to list three things daily that went well, which begins to train their mind to look for things to appreciate and begin a gratitude practice. 



  • The Samaritans are there to listen. Tel: 116123



  • National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) – 0808800500



  • Remember that routine helps children (and will help you). Try to have a routine for the day – get learning done and allow for ‘downtime’ together and apart.


  • The children are used to using drawing, mindfulness, dance and exercise as ways of protecting their wellbeing. Look on YouTube for Just Dance and Go Noodle (the children love these). Try to make mindfulness part of your routine. There are lots of videos, activities and story yoga on YouTube and now there are also nine Mindful Monday videos that I've recorded for the children! Scroll down the page to see more.


  • Keep connected with each other and remember it is ok to feel worry or concern but you don’t need to be alone with your feelings.


Best wishes,


Mrs Waller


Pastoral Support Manager

Useful numbers for support

Electric Light Orchestra - Mr. Blue Sky (Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2)

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Soundtrack Electric Light Orchestra - Mr. Blue Sky Awesome Mix Vol. 2

The happiest song in the world!! If you need a lift, put this on, turn it up, and have a good dance around!! Wonderful for the soul!

New!! Thrive sessions with Mrs Waller!

Scroll below to find Thrive videos, similar to group or 1:1 sessions (also known as Nurture time) that some children share with me in school.


laughMeet Perry the Parrot!

laughDo a simple but fun craft activity!

laughWatch Mrs Waller's Resilience Challenge!

laughListen to a story! (Usually a wellbeing theme)

laughDo a breathing exercise!

laughPlay 'Would You Rather...?'!

Time to Thrive

Welcome to my first Time to Thrive video session! Aimed at children in school, I use fun therapeutic activities similar to those of use in school either 1:1 or in small groups. Meet Perry the Parrot, Coco the dog and join in with a fun and simple ‘making’ activity. Finish with a short breathing exercise and a ‘Would You Rather...?’ Question. Thank you for watching, I hope you enjoy it!

Time to Thrive 2 - 17 April 2020

Here is the second Thrive Time video with me and Perry the Parrot and brief appearances from the dogs! Same format as before, we begin with a check-in, then update on how my resilience challenge is going. Next we do a simple but very effective art/craft activity and follow it with a story which also follows the theme of resilience - After the Fall by Dan Santat. Finally, we do a Balloon breathing exercise and finish with a ‘Would you rather...?’ question. Following a similar format to individual and group Thrive sessions in school, this aims to give gentle therapeutic support through playfulness and creativity. I hope you enjoy it!

Time to Thrive 3 - 29th April 2020

🌈Welcome to our third Thrive Time! Perry is back with me for more fun, with the resilience challenge, activity you can try, story and more! Gentle and playful therapeutic support for your children, I hope they enjoy it!🌈


Monday Mindfulness videos

Scroll down to see the Mindfulness videos with Mrs Waller!


Updated with a new video each week to help you relax and take a moment away from any worries. Enjoy!

Mindful Monday 1

This is the first mindfulness video in a new series for children at St Richard's school! In this one we imagine blowing bubbles and filling them with our wor...

Mindful Monday 2

This is the second video in the Mindful Monday series for children. In this guided relaxation we take a journey into our hearts! We consider our different em...

Mindful Monday 3

This is the third mindfulness video for children, though adults may well enjoy it too! Quick hello and then into the meditation. You may prefer to lie down o...

Mindful Monday 4 'Inner Kingdom'

Welcome to the fourth Mindful Monday (recorded on a Tuesday!) which invites you to think about your talents, skills and qualities and all the things people l...

Mindful Monday 5 - Beach Relaxation

Welcome to the fifth Mindful Monday! Enjoy imagining yourself on a beach and the sun warming your skin as you relax and put your worries aside for a little while.

Mindful Monday six - Lakeside meditation

Welcome to Mindful Monday 6 and today we imagine ourselves by a beautiful lake and visualise our worries and troubles drifting away with the ripples on the water. We try to think positively about ourselves and use that as a means to keep emotionally safe like standing under an umbrella in the rain. Enjoy ☀️🌈

Mindful Monday 7 - Peaceful Retreat

Welcome to Mindful Monday 7 - Peaceful Retreat. Today we go on a little journey using our imaginations. You can practice using this skill to take you away for some moments away from life’s worries and you can return to this place of retreat at any time. Relax and enjoy 😌

Mindful Monday 8 - Beautiful Dragonfly

Today we use our imagination to see ourselves as a dragonfly flying high above the beautiful earth. We acknowledge difficult and challenging emotions and then allow them to go by accepting them, learning from them and letting them float away. We remind ourselves of strategies we can use when we feel big emotions including the visualisation we are doing today. I hope you find it helpful 🌍⛅️🌈..

Mindful Monday 9 - Bucket of Kindness

😌🙏🏻🌿 Welcome to Mindful Monday 9. This week we consider kindness and the impact it has on our us and others both physically and mentally and we fill up our buckets and keep them topped up with good things. This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and the focus is kindness. See if you can be kind to others AND yourself this week in order to support your mental and physical wellbeing. 😊🙏🏻🌷

For anyone who has lost a pet...sadbroken heartheart

The Heaven of Animals by Nancy Tillman

A beautiful story to help support anyone who has lost a treasured pet. Aimed for children, but I feel is suitable for anyone. I hope it is helpful 💕🌈❤️

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