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SMSC Newsletter - Focus on Mental Health

 
 

As Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 13th - 19th May this month's newsletter concentrates on different aspects of Mental Health which of course link strongly with SMSC.

 
 

This month our Newsletter Grid has changed.  It's set up for SMSC, British Values and now has example Grids to provide evidence of RSE and  Physical Health and Mental Wellbeing (primary schools grids will differ). Your feedback is always welcome - click here to let me know what you think.

I've added this month's contributions to the Newsletter Grid.  To take a look at a full report just click 'Save to PDF'.

 

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Head in the clouds

 

Meditation has been written about since 1500 BC. The link below has the most wonderful quote about meditation from Dick Van Dyke and a school in America has replaced detention with meditation and seen amazing results. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/world-meditation-day

 

Participating and responding to cultural activities, developing and expressing personal views, or values, understanding human feelings and emotions

 

Sticks and Stones

 

It's sad to say that bullying still occurs and as this advert from Internet Matters shows, bullying can have a terrible effect on the victims mental health. https://www.talkspace.com/blog/types-of-bullying-effects-solutions

 

Recognising right and wrong and applying it, understanding the consequences of actions, developing personal qualities and using social skills, participating, cooperating and resolving conflicts, understanding human feelings and emotions.

 

Walk the Walk

Walking clears the mind and gets the body moving - here are some tips on organising safe walking to school and Park and Stride schemes. https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/get-involved/family-walk-to-school-kit

 
 

Investigating moral values and ethical issues, developing personal qualities and using social skills, understanding how communities and societies function.

 

Love to Grow

May sees Children's Gardening Week and as this article (which landed in my inbox) points out 'Teaching your Children to Love Gardens' has many benefits.

 
 

Participating and responding to cultural activities, understanding and appreciating personal influences, understanding how communities and societies function, experiencing fascination awe and wonder.

 

Self-Evaluation Innovation

 

SMSC is everywhere and forms a large part of self-evaluation and action planning in schools.  With a template that caters for the Self-evaluation of SMSC provision, iAbacus makes the whole process simple and insightful and we'll be ready when the new Ofsted inspection framework is released to keep iAbacus completely up-to-date. Take iAbacus on a 30 day free trial.

 

Tough being a Teen

Teenagers ought to be called Tweenagers (maybe they were once upon a time).  They're not little and they're not fully grown - very confusing.  Self-esteem issues can manifest at this age and social media, TV and magazines full of beautiful people don't help. https://exploringyourmind.com/adolescent-self-esteem

 
 

Exploring, understanding and respecting diversity, developing personal qualities and using social skills, understanding human feelings and emotions.

 

Mental Health in Different Cultures

 

Mental health affects all cultures, however, we don't all deal with it's cause and effect in the same way.  The writer of this article shares some insight into cultural issues entwined with mental health problems in England

 

Exploring, understanding and respecting diversity, understanding how communities and societies function, exploring the values and beliefs of others, understanding human feelings and emotions.

 

World Day for Cultural Diversity

What are you doing on 21st May? Here's a list of suggestions to deepen the understanding of cultural values.  https://www.unaoc.org/what-we-do/campaigns/do-one-thing-for-diversity-and-inclusion

 
 

Participating and responding to cultural activities, understanding and appreciating personal influences, exploring the values and beliefs of others, experiencing fascination, awe and wonder.

 

and finally .......

 
 

It probably started out as a joke but 4th May is officially Star Wars Day. As it falls on a Saturday this year, I may just celebrate by watching my favourites.  However you choose to spend it, May the fourth be with you.

 

Bye for now

Tricia Cadman - T: 0115 942 8912 E: tricia@opeus.org

Technical Support

Diane T: 0115 942 8913 E: diane@opeus.org

Nick: T: 0115 942 8911 E: nick@opeus.org

iAbacus

Dan: T: 0115 942 8914 E: dan@opeus.org

Chris: T: 0115 942 8910 E: chris@opeus.org

 
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Nick Robinson,
19 Jul 2019, 02:30
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