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Wellbeing Matters

Thoughts, comments, ideas and pause for thought from members of our school and extended community.

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  • Wellbeing Matters

    Published 14/10/21, by Angela Slater

    Everyday feelings - it's never too early to talk about mental health

    Sometimes, when teaching children, it can be tempting to dumb things down or swerve difficult topics.  However, this can be a disservice to them.  As head of PSHEe, I believe it is important to empower pupils with knowledge before they actually need it - not too early, but just when they are ready.

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  • Wellbeing matters

    Published 07/10/21, by Angela Slater

    World Mental Health Day, Sunday 10 October

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  • From the Base

    Published 01/10/21, by Angela Slater

    Challenging boys on assumed attitudes

    All of us need our frame of reference challenged. The attitudes and assumptions we take on because of our own experience AND what society tells us is the norm, form our frame of reference. For example, my assumption that Winchester is a friendly, welcoming place is based on my experience and what people say to me about it, however, I should not assume this is the same experience for others.

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  • From the Base

    Published 26/09/21, by Angela Slater

    Tough world for boys?

    It can be a tough world for boys to grow up in. There is a lot of conflicting messaging in the modern world. For example:

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  • From the Base

    Published 17/09/21, by Angela Slater

    Know my name?

    This week I have been trying to learn all the new boys' names. There are quite a few this year, and I never quite succeed inside the first seven days but I'm well along the way. I encourage the boys to do so too.

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  • From the Base

    Published 25/06/21, by Angela Slater

    Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

    Recently, I underwent a refresher course on Youth Mental Health First Aid, as I am a certified instructor with MHFA England.  During the morning, something caught my attention that I thought was worth sharing.  

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  • From the Base

    Published 18/06/21, by Angela Slater

    Optimistic bias part 2

    Last week I talked about the benefits of optimistic bias. A lot of my words are based on the work of Tali Sharot, Professor of cognitive neuroscience in the department of Experimental Psychology at University College London. Her work has revealed these benefits, but also highlights problems.

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  • From the Base

    Published 11/06/21, by Angela Slater

    Optimistic bias

    Optimistic bias is when we think things will be better than they probably are.  For example, when going to a job interview optimistic bias will lead us to believe we are 'likely' or have 'a good chance' of getting the job. In reality, it might be 20% or even 10% likely.  But our bias encourages us to think we are certainly a good bet.

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  • From the Base

    Published 29/05/21, by Angela Slater

    See the forest despite the trees

    It was my privilege to umpire and take a cricket team at the weekend. It was a very exciting game; earlier in the term we had been well beaten by our opponents, but this time it came down to the last over. A great game, enjoyed by boys and parents alike. The team showed remarkable levels of improvement all a coach can ever ask.

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  • From the Base

    Published 21/05/21, by Angela Slater

    The Pilgrims' community - good mental health

    A few months ago we focused on Children's Mental Health Awareness Week.  For the last few years we have chosen that week to be our opportunity to ensure the message is child centred, accessible to students and parents alike.

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  • From the Base

    Published 16/05/21, by Angela Slater

    Learned Helplessness vs Learned Optimism

    Last week I spoke about resilience.  This week, Mr Cuyler has expanded further on this idea.

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  • From the Base

    Published 07/05/21, by Angela Slater

    I thought it might be helpful for you know some initiatives going on within the school to help develop the pupils' wellbeing, self-regulation, personal growth and happiness.

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