Month: May 2020

Active Northants

Are you a teenager struggling with motivation? Are you looking for something new to try? Or do you just want to hang out with your mates doing something.

ACTIVE NORTHANTS offers Boxing, Calisthenics, Dance, Fitness and Yoga classes FREE OF CHARGE throughout June, you can sign in and spend time with other teenagers in a socially minded physical activity setting.

To make it even better, the more you participate the better the chance of winning prizes.  If you attend at least 2 sessions you have a chance of winning, but the more you do the more chance you have to win.

Northamptonshire Sport have linked up with Born to Perform Dance School, Hale Training, Megan Robinson Personal Training, Namastella Yoga and The Compound, alongside CIRV (Community Initiative to Reduce Violence) to deliver these amazing sessions aimed specifically at teenagers aged 14-19 (year 9 upwards).

Register via www.northamptonshiresport.org/activenorthants to get access to all these sessions live each week.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020.

The topic chosen for this year is kindness.

Below are some great resources to raise awareness, get us all talking and give us some fresh ideas for how we can show and celebrate our kindness.

Activities for everyone

Kindness with Zumos – Part of our 70 Day Wellbeing Programme.

The Mental Health Foundation – A selection of Mental Health Foundation materials, including some great social media graphics to raise awareness and show support online.

Random Acts of Kindness – A fun site focussing on positive action and experience. All sorts here from virtual tours of the world’s greatest museums, to energetic challenges focussing on kindness.

Positive Psychology – A whole host of activities for all ages, some fun games and conversation starters all centred around being kind.

Take Action Get Active – Part of the MHF challenge to get active this May. Focussed on the links between physical activity and mental wellbeing.

Time to Change – Some great games, posters and graphics to print and play.

Random Acts of Kindness Lesson Plans – Worth having a look as we are all educators in our home schools, some nice lesson plans and extra ideas to do at home.

Do Good From Home – lots of great ideas of activities you can do at home as a family to show some kindness to others in the times of pandemic.

If anyone would like support in logging onto ZUMOS, please get in touch with Mrs Ling by emailing Debbie.Ling@abbeyfieldschool.org.uk

To all our parents and carers, do YOU need advice and support for YOURSELF whilst trying to care for the young person in your home who is having mental health difficulties?

The Northamptonshire Health Care Foundation Trust are offering support, please see the information below.

Reading Competition

As of 1st June we are running a reading competition for years 7-9 students! Three book series to reach a million words read by July. Read each book, quiz on accelerated reader and you will receive VIVOs for each book read above 80%. For those students who reach the million word mark will go into a prize draw to win Amazon vouchers.

Check out the poster for more information on the competition. This will count any of these titles you may have already quizzed on this year too.

Good luck! Thanks, Miss McMahon

VE Day Celebrations

May 8th 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the end of WW2 (in Europe). There had been plans for street parties and celebrations to commemorate this event. Of course, given the current situation all of these events have been cancelled. Celebrations will now take place in August to coincide with VJ Day.

However, at Abbeyfield School we believe it is still important to celebrate this anniversary and hope that many of you will join in the celebrations, bringing the community together.

The government has launched a VE Day celebration website with the idea that we can have a ‘stay at home street party’ to mark the anniversary. To help prepare for the commemorative weekend there is a party pack to help get you started while you #StayHomeSaveLives.

The government website has lots of ideas for bunting, music , colouring pages for kids (and adults) and 1940s recipes.

Other websites with some good ideas are:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4TrqYDyf4PMdLypxzyTwGDg/great-british-bunting

https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/siteassets/home/visit/ve-day-75/eh-ve-day-at-home-pack.pdf

If you want to participate, please send us your photos so we can share them on the Abbeyfield School Facebook page.  

Mrs. Casey tina.casey@abbeyfieldschool.org.uk

Time Capsule – VE 75

We are also hoping to put together a VE ‘75’ Time Capsule to mark the event and invite pupils to make contributions to the capsule. Contributions could include:

  • Composing a song
  • Devising a recipe using ingredients available at the time  
  • Recording a news report about the event  
  • Designing bunting
  • Writing a diary entry  
  • Creating a collage from old images  
  • Creating a VE Day TikTok
  • Or any other ideas you may have.

Please email any contributions to: Mrs Casey tina.casey@abbeyfieldschool.org.uk