At Holy Trinity we recognise that emotional well being is critical in developing a healthy successful school community , including developing a pupil's social, emotional and behavioural skills.  We are constantly aiming to build coping skills in children and young people which complements the personal development strand of the curriculum.

Health & Well-Being

Emotional Health and Well-Being

Getting Enough Sleep

There are a lot of reasons why kids aren't getting enough sleep these days; staying up late to watch TV or play video games, being on social media till all hours of the night, needing to stay up to finish homework or do extracurricular activities. This isn't a good thing though. For one, not getting enough sleep can actually affect a child's immune system by decreasing the cells which help us fight infections and increasing the cells that create inflammation.

 

Your child's body won't be able to respond to colds or bacterial infections as easily as they could if they get a cold. It will be harder for the body's immune system to get rid of any infection. When a child sleeps, they get better fever response. This is why fevers seem to be higher at night. Fevers are one sign that the body is trying to fight off an infection. And if a child is sleep-deprived, their fever reaction isn't primed and they can't fight off an infection as good as they could if they were well rested.

Lack of sleep can also have a negative effect on how a child learns. Overtired kids work more slowly because it's hard for them to remember what the teacher just told them or what they just read. Their brains have a harder time focusing, even interfering with the formation and recall of long-term memories. When kids are sleep-deprived their brains actually lapse into sleep-like brainwave patterns, which is why tired kids space out during class.

 

They're more distracted, they may make more careless errors, and they have a hard time focusing on class assignments and tests. And don't forget how kids become moody and impulsive when they're tired. They're more likely to lose their temper causing them to make poor choices and then sit in the principal's office rather than the classroom.

Finally, with childhood obesity being a major concern in society right now, we're finding that kids who sleep less than they should also are more likely to be overweight. This has to do with hormone levels and their effect on hunger. Tired children may tend to eat more because of an increase in the hormone that causes hunger and a decrease in the hormone which reduces hunger.

 

So when your child argues with you about staying up late, especially on a school night, remember these things and they will help you stand your ground and send them to bed at a reasonable time to get good sleep. If your child has a medical problem which prevents them from getting restful sleep, then it's time to schedule an appointment to discuss these concerns with your child's pediatrician.

Physical Activity

Teenage Road Safety

Did you know that teenagers are more likely to be killed or injured in a road collision than any other age group?

To ensure you always stay safe you must

  • concentrate and be careful at all times

  • be careful of distractions - personal stereos, texting, phoning or even chatting to friends while walking are big distractions

  • be aware of the dangers of traffic.

 

Cycling Safety

You should:

  • make sure your bike is well maintained

  • make sure you look behind you for vehicles and other obstacles before you turn, overtake or stop

  • check what the Highway Code says about cycling and obey road signs and traffic lights

  • stay aware of the local surroundings and what is happening around you - don’t use headphones or a mobile phone

  • use arm signals when you are turning left or right

  • wear a cycle helmet.

 

The link below will give you more information on pedestrian safety, cycling safety and car and motorcycle safety.

http://think.direct.gov.uk/education/secondary/

 

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Healthy Eating

Benefits of Breakfast

 

Apart from providing us with energy, breakfast foods are good sources of important nutrients such as calcium, iron and B vitamins as well as protein and fibre. The body needs these essential nutrients and research shows that if these are missed at breakfast, they are less likely to be compensated for later in the day. Fruit and vegetables are good sources of vitamins and minerals so try to include a portion of the daily five at breakfast, whether that is a banana or glass of fruit juice.

 

Breakfast also restores glucose levels, an essential carbohydrate that is needed for the brain to function. Many studies have shown how eating breakfast can improve memory and concentration levels and it can also make us happier as it can improve mood and lower stress levels. In studies amongst children, breakfast can improve attainment, behaviour and has been linked to improved grades.

 

Below are some breakfast ideas and note that our school canteen also provides a breakfast service each morning before school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast Ideas

 

Wholemeal toast with sliced banana

Glass of semi-skimmed milk

 

Porridge with semi-skimmed milk

Glass of unsweetened fruit juice

 

Shredded Wheat with semi-skimmed milk

Toasted pancake with a light spread of margarine

Glass of unsweetened fruit juice

 

Toasted crumpets with scrambled egg

Fruit smoothie (made with fresh fruit and low-fat yogurt)

 

Toasted bread muffin with a thin spread of low-fat soft cheese

Fruit salad

Glass of semi-skimmed milk

 

Weetabix with chopped banana and semi-skimmed milk

Glass of water or unsweetened fruit juice

 

Ready Brek with raisins

Pancake with a light spread of margarine

Glass of unsweetened fruit juice

 

Baked beans and grilled tomato

Toasted soda with a light spread of margarine

Glass of semi-skimmed milk

 

Wheaten bread with low-fat cheese

Fruit smoothie

 

Poached egg with grilled or baked tomato and mushrooms

Toasted potato bread

Glass of unsweetened fruit juice

Toast Topping Ideas

 

 

Porridge Topping Ideas

 

 

  • Chopped banana

  • Drizzle of honey

  • Seeds

  • Raisins

  • Berries

  • Cinnamon

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