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

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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:

 

  • Join and keep an eye on my new Facebook Group for parents/carers and staff - Waller’s Wellbeing! The focus will be on wellbeing, information sharing, supporting mental health and humour! Please do engage!https://www.facebook.com/groups/143156747070214/

 

  • Free online counselling service for 11-18 year olds www.kooth.com

 

  • 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 help@nspcc.org.uk

 

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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

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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...?'!

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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!🌈

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Monday Mindfulness videos

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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 ☀️🌈

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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