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  • Actions for happiness #3

    Published 06/12/19, by Ali Dugdale

    Few people these days appreciate how connected the body and mind are.  What we eat, how we sleep, and how active we are affects our moods.  And how we are feeling affects our energy levels, our appetite and even our ability to carry out activities.

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  • From the Base

    Published 20/11/19, by Ali Dugdale

    Of central importance to our wellbeing are our relationships.  A lot of research has shown that the quality and quantity of connections has a direct impact on our health and happiness.  Some work has shown that a lack of personal relationships poses health risks and that networks of friends and social support can increase our immune system, lower heart disease and reduce mental decline as we age.

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  • On the touchline

    Published 20/11/19, by Ali Dugdale

    The ISFA (Independent Schools FA) sent a letter to all member schools over the summer. It’s concerned about the impact of the professional, televised game on player and coach conduct.  

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  • From the Base

    Published 14/11/19, by Ali Dugdale

    Helping others connects us with people, it creates a greater sense of belonging and community.  It makes us feel that we belong to something, which is good for ourselves as well as others and helps to build a happier society.

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  • On the touchline

    Published 18/10/19, by Ali Dugdale

    It’s been a cracking half-term of soccer. Since September, boys and their coaches have been engaged in practice and enjoying school fixtures.  

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  • From the Base

    Published 17/10/19, by Ali Dugdale

    Literacy can be defined as "the quality or state of being literate, especially the ability to read and write".

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  • Notes from two pews

    Published 17/10/19, by Ali Dugdale

    A few years ago we were in the exciting position of considering a choice between Chorister or Quirister for our eldest son. “I have to be a Chorister” came the determined reply. On asking why that was such a firm answer, the response was “Have you seen the cathedral, I have to sing in there!”

    A year ago we had a similar discussion with our younger son. A calm and happy boy told us that he definitely wanted to be a Quirister because they were going on a tour abroad and he wanted to be at home for Christmas. 

    And so our dual journey began this term and we are all loving every minute of it! Peter and Alex get to board together and see each other regularly while we make the decision four times a week; do we head out of the back of the Yard, to the College chapel, or through the front gate to the Cathedral. What a privilege to have these choices!

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  • From the Base

    Published 11/10/19, by Ali Dugdale

    PSHEE – what is it?

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  • On the touchline

    Published 27/09/19, by Rhian Little

    Andrew Short, Head of Sport writes...

    The FA Youth Development Review discusses the attitudes of adults watching soccer. Don’t worry, it’s not just parents who get some flak, but coaches too, especially those who give constant instruction from the touchline. A major part of the FA Review concerned the attitudes of adults coaching or watching children’s football. There is concern about coaches who feel it necessary to give constant instruction from the touchline, rather than permitting young players to develop a love for the game, experiment, and learn from their own mistakes. Too often the result of matches and competitions is far more important to the adults than to the children, who play the game for fun and enjoyment. 

    As long as remember to keep the players' enjoyment at the centre and encourage experimentation that allows learning from mistakes, we will end up with more skilful players who love the game.

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  • From the Base — Strength

    Published 18/09/19, by Rhian Little

    From the Director of Wellbeing, Matt Shroff

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