Mental Health Awareness Week 18th-25th May 2020
Mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time. We believe that mental health is everyone’s business. So, for Mental Health Awareness Week we will focus on the theme of kindness.
One thing that we have seen all over the world is that kindness is prevailing in uncertain times. We have learnt that amid the fear, there is also community, support and hope. The added benefit of helping others is that it is good for our own mental health and wellbeing. It can help reduce stress and improve emotional wellbeing.
During the week, we would like you to carry out or reflect on an act of kindness. Here are some ideas:
Call a friend that you haven’t spoken to for a while
Tell a family member how much you love and appreciate them
Arrange to watch a film at the same time as a friend and video call
Tell someone you know that you are proud of them
Tell someone you know why you are thankful for them
Send someone you know a joke to cheer them up
Send someone you know a picture of a cute animal
Send an inspirational story of kindness people around the world are doing for others to someone you know
Make a cup of tea for someone you live with
Help with a household chore at home
Spend time playing with your pet
Donate to a foodbank
What will you do to help promote kindness?
On 22 April 2020 it was Earth Day, but don’t worry you can still make a difference!
Earth Day is especially important for kids! What happens to the Earth today determines what type of world kids will have when they grow up. Conservation is very important. Kids like you can help by encouraging your parents to purchase eco-friendly goods, by turning off the lights when you leave a room, and by using less water.
The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970. Earth Day was founded to help people consider their actions and how they affect the Earth and our world. The purpose of Earth Day is to continue helping people think about how to protect and care for our Earth.
What can you do?
Year 2 have been focusing heavily on the Sustainable Development Goal number 3 - Good Health and Well-being and why this is a crucial part of life. The children have been thinking about what good health and well-being means to them.
Pupils have been offering top tips to peers on what things they can do to ensure they have good health and well-being. Some of the top tips were:
As the rest of the United Kingdom is gearing up for a General Election we at Chesterton thought that we would get involved by holding our very own! We have set up four new parties
All parties have members of staff and children who have come up with their own manifestos ready to WoW the rest of the school. Over the next week they will be canvasing to try to pick up votes before our very Question Time, which the children are busily thinking up questions for. The BIG vote will take place on Friday 13th December, where all children will get to cast a vote for the party of their choice. The successful party will be announced on Monday 16th and then it will up to the winners to implement their polices.
The month of November is coming to an end, and with it the end of Movember! In recent years, people have participating more and more with Movember. In our school, teachers have been growing moustaches to raise awareness of men's health issues around the world. This Friday children are invited to join in with cut out, stick on, or painted moustaches! Making donations can help our children can see that they have power to act and influence the things around us.
So get involved with the global community and let's try to change the world around us!
It’s getting closer to the festive period, and we have already started our rehearsals. KS2 have been learning the song ‘War is Over’, by John Lennon. Besides learning the lyrics and melody of the song, our children have analysed it further.
The children discussed how some people are not as lucky as us to have a warm house and a meal, whilst some others are waiting for the missing members of their families to return home from wars. Others, don’t even have a house or blanket to stay warm!
Please spare a thought of these people, not only during the festive period day, but all 365 days of the year!
...And so this is Christmas, for weak and for strong, for rich and the poor ones, the world is so wrong
And so happy Christmas for black and for white, for yellow and red one, let’s stop all the fight.
This week Chesterton is talking about Anti-Bullying week. We have thought about the kind words we should say to each other, including asking how people are, holding doors open and saying good morning with a massive smile! Year 2 also got to read the book 'noodle head' at the library to remind us why name calling isn't kind. Remember to always show kindness to everyone so we can all feel happy, everyday!
Our children celebrated European Day of Languages. This is a day to highlight the great value of language learning and to understand and remember how diverse Europe is linguistically and culturally. At Chesterton, we learnt how to say “hello” in other European languages.
This week year 6 have been focusing heavily on the Sustainable Development Goals and carried out a lot research to decide which one they thought was the most important. They then had a debate within their classes and it was amazing to see how clearly they were able to articulate their opinions. We were amazed...looks like Greta Thunberg is having an impact on our school!!
On Wednesday 5th June 24 member of staff at Chesterton took part in Race for Life at Battersea Park in London. Lots of our families and children also took part - a great community event for a great cause. Thanks everyone.
To make a donation please visit our fundraising page here:
World environment day is coming and we’ve stopped to think about what we are each going to pledge to do, in order to help achieve the sustainable development goals! What will you do?
Mark your calendar - clean air day is coming! As a UNICEF Rights Respecting School, we know that having a clean and safe environment in order to develop to our full potential is our right (UNCRC Article #6). We will learning about the effects of pollution over the next few weeks and will be doing our part to reduce emissions in our air by walking, cycling and scooting to school! How will you help support clean air day?
Year 5 stole the show this morning with their powerful assembly on the Sustainable Development Goals. They gave us lots of ways to help reach these goals and inspired us to change to world! What will you do?
Today in our walk for water we though of how this global crisis effects people from all parts of the world. Everyone should be aware of the problem and understand how to help. In Spanish lessons this week we looked at poems that relayed the message. Year 3 made an amazing poster to spread the message too. Well done everyone!
This week children from year 5 went to City Hall and raised some questions for some our our leaders. What might you ask Sadiq Khan or Theresa May on how they are working to improve our world?
Mark it down in your diaries, WE Walk for Water is happening Friday May 3 at 9:30am. We will be taking to the streets of our local community in our annual water walk to raise awareness on the global water crisis. We will be spending the upcoming weeks learning about the facts and circumstances surrounding access to clean water around the world, and the water borne diseases which are effecting millions of people every year. Fundraising forms are going home so get out into your community and start spreading the word - every pound matters!
To learn more about these issues, visit the United Nations website: https://www.un.org/en/sections/issues-depth/water/index.html
We're delighted to share that Chesterton has been shortlisted in the top 3 schools in their water saving project with Global Action Plan. They were really impressed by the students’ efforts to engage the school, the creativity of their projects, and teamwork! As a result, 15 children from 5S will be visiting City Hall next Thursday to deliver a presentation to the judges (and other schools) on all of the work they have done over the past couple of months.
As a Gold Rights Respecting School we will be sharing how saving water supports our right to be healthy (UNCRC Article #24) and the Sustainable Development Goal of Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG 6).
Year 6 took part in a Blue Planet Live lesson with BBC teach presented by CBBC’s Naomi Wilkinson and guided by expert wildlife biologist Lizzie Daly. We explored what constitutes a healthy ecosystem and discussed the threats to our oceans such as plastic and overfishing. Thanks for the shout out Steve Backshall!
Today Miss Shore attended the Mayor of London’s Air Quality Forum Steering Group Meeting at City Hall to work with other schools and organisations to tackle the issue of air quality in London. Chesterton is doing so much to help improve the quality of the air in our community and are proud to be part of this important initiative!
Today is World Water Day! We spent the day thinking about the importance of water in our lives. Clean water and access to toilets and sanitation facilities are a vital part of life. We came to school dressed in blue to raise awareness of the importance of water! To find out more, please visit https://www.worldwaterday.org/
The children have been celebrating My Freedom Day, thinking and writing about what freedom means to them.
Year 5 have enjoyed celebrating World Book Day in their Spanish lesson today! They have shared some stories which might be read today by children in one of the twenty countries around the world who have Spanish as their official language. Can you name all twenty countries?
We have completed our fourth annual clothing drive to collect gently used clothing to donate to local charities. This amazing event could not be possible without the generosity of our families and wider community. Yet again, we have been astounded by the amount of donations we have received and are so proud of our global citizens! Through our actions, we are helping those in our community enjoy their rights.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
We have been learning all about the SDGs this year, particularly #3 - Health and Wellbeing, #14 - Life Below Water and #15 - Life on Land. These are sometimes called the Global Goals because they are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure all people enjoy peace and prosperity. To find out more about them, watch videos here and here.
Anti-Bullying Week 2018 takes place in England from November 12th to the 16th. This nationwide event is organised by the Anti-Bullying Alliance and is intended to raise awareness of the issue of bullying among children, especially in schools. Children of all ages as well as parents and children are encouraged to get involved in the event and take part in activities that will help to shine a light on the problem of bullying and ways to help resolve the issue.
Parents, carers and teachers will also be asked to play an active role in preventing bullying, with the main focus this time around is demonstrating different ways to support young people and provide an open platform for them to talk about any issues they have with bullying. The main role that carers can provide is creating a safe environment where young people can feel like they are able to talk about their feelings and problems and will receive support.
As a UNICEF Gold Rights Respecting School we understand that we all enjoy the same rights, regardless of our race, gender, age, creed, religion or any other factor. UNCRC Article #2 - non discrimination.
Remembrance Day commemorates the signing of the armistice between the Allies and Germany at 11 am on 11 November 1918 – the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. This links to our learning of UNCRC Article# 38 about war and armed conflicts.