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  • Equality, respect, dialogue

    Published 18/06/20, by Ali Dugdale

    There are many causes of mental health problems in society.   The charity Mind lists some: neglect, social isolation, discrimination, social disadvantage, poverty, debt, bereavement, stress, homelessness and drug use. People from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic communities are more likely to suffer from mental health problems.  The Mental Health Foundation states In England and Wales, nearly a fifth of people come from a BAME background. The mental health of BAME communities is important because people from these communities often face individual and societal challenges that can affect access to healthcare and overall mental and physical health.

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  • From the Base

    Published 22/05/20, by Ali Dugdale

    Mental health awareness is such a hot topic at the moment!  Lockdownhas provided a need and an opportunity to consider how vital it is to look after our health, for youngsters especially. The test always comes when things are tough - and for some of us, things are pretty tough right now. enter an introduction for your blog post here.

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  • On the virtual touchline

    Published 14/05/20, by Ali Dugdale

    Creating a virtual sports programme to replace the daily sports training and weekly matches enjoyed by the boys was a bit of a challenge, I have to admit. It was important to devise ways for all the boys to keep active, to maintain their physical and mental health. Not knowing how much space might be available at home was a consideration, of course, and with several people trying to work from home at the same time, physical activity would need to be carefully programmed.  

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  • Keeping in touch, keeping well

    Published 19/03/20, by Ali Dugdale

    Keeping in touch with people is really important. If you can’t catch up face-to-face, why not give them a call, text them or chat online?  Putting a note through the neighbour's door can only be a good thing, not just now, but any time.  I hope that in the coming months we rediscover how important it is to be sociable. Bear in mind that vulnerable people often lack contact with others and can feel alone.  Let’s all look after each other and remember what is important.

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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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