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Dwr y Felin Health and Well-being Spring Newsletter

Mrs Peet’s Welcome

At this time, when our health and well-being is at the forefront of all of our lives, I am pleased to welcome you to the Dwr y Felin newsletter celebrating the Health and Well-being Area of Learning Experience. Staying physically and mentally well is always important, but even more so when we are dealing with a pandemic. There has been excellent work going on in school this year to develop pupils’ health and well-being. Da iawn to all involved!

Year 8- Health and Well-being

Throughout the spring term year 8 pupils covered a wide range of topics during their health and well-being lessons. The theme for the term was ‘safety and healthy lifestyles’. The aim was to support pupils in making the right choices and decisions during their everyday lives.

Road Safety Rap

During Health and Well-being lessons pupils discussed the importance of road safety and the dangers when walking to and from school. Using ideas from the class discussion, pupils got their creative juices flowing and worked in small groups to write their very own ‘Road Safety’ raps. Pupils had the chance to perform and record their raps and a montage video was shown during the annual Eisteddfod.

Congratulations to the following pupils on winning the Eisteddfod Road Safety rap competition:-

1st place- Eleri Jenkins, Nia Portlock, Isabel Hindle and Caitlin Charles

2nd place- Bethan Carrol, Thea Grimes, Layla Hamilton and Fabia Morgan

3rd place- Sianna Paulo and Jessica Jones

Couch to 5K

In early March all Year 8 pupils had an introduction to the ‘Couch to 5K’ programme. In class, pupils learnt about the importance of exercise and the physical and mental benefits of running. Pupils had the opportunity to download the Couch 2 5K app in readiness to start their fitness challenge. Week 1 of the programme started with a run/walk around Cwrt Herbert track for a maximum of 20 minutes. Pupils thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and activity, with many planning to continue following the programme with their families.

Year 8 pupils starting week 1 Couch to 5K

Basic First Aid

Continuing with the theme of safety, pupils learnt a range of basic first-aid skills and how to treat minor injuries such as burns, cuts and grazes. Pupils had the opportunity to put their skills and knowledge into practice by learning how to deal with various medical emergencies. In addition, pupils learnt how to place someone in the recovery position if they become unresponsive. We hope that these life-long skills can be used in times of need if an emergency arises.

PE News

The netball season concluded with tournaments for all year groups, with the exception of year 8 whose tournament was postponed. Well done to all pupils for their enthusiasm, dedication and commitment over the season.

Year 11 had a very successful GCSE moderation day, which was an extremely busy and tiring day for all involved. Well done year 11: you did yourselves proud!

We have enjoyed using the new 3G pitch at Cwrt Herbert for lessons and fixtures, which is a fantastic facility for the pupils to access. Any boots which pupils have outgrown will be gratefully received for our boot bank here at school! If you have any old boots that you no longer need, please pass them on to any member of the PE department.

Congratulations to Abigail Lewis (year 9) & Angharad Woodward (year 7) on competing at the National Schools Urdd swimming gala in Cardiff after winning their races at the local Gala held at Dyfed Road.

Congratulations to Saul Otterson & Elan Lewis (both year 7) and Oliver Thomas (year 11) on selection for the ANT schools’ cross country team. Due to illness and other commitments Elan was the only competitor to compete for Dwr y Felin at the championships.

Well done to both Catrin Thomas (year 10) and Elena Cole (year 8) on their Welsh football selection and a place at the Welsh training camp.

Congratulations once again to Grace Clement (year 11) on her participation in numerous competitions and many successes this season. We wish Grace all the best as she leaves DYF and look forward to seeing her compete for Wales in the future!

Sports Relief

Well done to all pupils who took part in the Sport Relief Mile during their PE lessons on 13th March. Well done also to the staff who took part during lunchtime and those who represented Dwr y Felin in a football match against the staff at Cwrt Herbert. There was lots of energy and fun in aid of a worthwhile cause.

Thank you and goodbye!

We say goodbye to two valued members of staff, Mr Mike Owen & Miss Linzi Palmer, who we wish well for the future. Mike Owen has secured a job as Head coach of Toronto Nomads Rugby Club, Canada, which has been put on hold due to the current situation. The staff and pupils would like to thank him for all his efforts while with us; he will be missed greatly!

Linzi Palmer has been with us as a maternity cover for Mrs Lewis and has remained with us since, completing numerous roles and teaching a wide variety of subjects as well as leading the girls’ football team to fantastic successes. Thank you for all your enthusiasm!

Young Carers

Dwr y Felin pupils supporting Young Carers’ Week.

Safer Routes to School

Pupils have been working with Gavin Hughes on new ideas to improve safety on Dwr y Felin Road. It is important that we have safe routes to school.

DYF Well-being Ambassadors

Dwr y Felin pupils handed in a petition to the Senedd in Cardiff Bay, aiming to ensure every school in Wales has well-being ambassadors. Excitingly the petition has been taken forward to the next stage and we all have our fingers crossed that the Assembly will accept our proposal, for the benefit of all pupils in Wales. Wellbeing Ambassadors in DYF do a fantastic job, promoting positive relationships between pupils, health and happiness.

Swansea City Community Trust Resources

We are pleased to have Swansea City Community Trust working with us at Dwr y Felin. Their PL Inspires website https://www.swanseacity.com/news/premier-league-inspires is updated weekly with health and well-being activities and challenges. There are challenges to do with mindfulness, sleep and connections. Give some a try!

Junior Safeguarding Board

The Junior Safeguarding Board has launched a newsletter to allow members and others to keep in touch, share ideas, get their voice heard and have some fun. You can read the newsletter here, which includes details for getting in touch with the team.

The Junior Safeguarding Board have been acknowledged for their commitment to safeguarding children and young people in Neath Port Talbot with a Certificate. It was awarded by Place2be which is a children’s mental health charity and promoted during Mental Health Awareness Week. Da iawn to all of the Junior Safeguarding Board members for all of their hard work and enthusiasm!

Coronavirus and Me Survey

Are you a young person in Wales? How is lockdown affecting you? Are there any issues that are making you worry or concerned? Or perhaps you've had a positive experience of lockdown? Whatever it is, please share your views through this survey. #CoronavirusAndMe

Health and Well-being at Home

Here is a little taster of what some of the activities some our year 7&8 pupils have been up to during lockdown. They have been busy baking, gardening, painting, building Lego, running, walking with their families and even helping out with DIY projects, da iawn pawb!

Your health and well-being is really important to us at Dwr y Felin. Below is a list of resources that you are able to access at home. We hope that you will find them useful and they will help you relax and re-charge during this uncertain time.

Mental Health

Lockdown can be a tricky time for us all. Having someone you can talk to about how you feel is important. Often it can be a friend or a family member who is supportive when times are tough, but sometimes it's helpful to speak to a counsellor. If you are finding it difficult to cope, whatever is bothering you, the school counselling service is available. You can follow the links on the site to complete a self-referral if you would like some support from the counselling service. https://www.npt.gov.uk/schoolbasedcounselling

Young Minds- https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/

Every Mind Matters- https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

Public Health Wales- https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/staying-well-at-home/

Mindfulness-Apps to download

Calm And Headspace

Creativity/ Crafts/ Gardening

Creative Colouring-in https://www.justcolor.net

Photography Classes- https://nikonschool.co.uk/courses/nikon-school-online

Weekly Gardening Tasks- https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=emb_title&v=zhMpW1-wvHw

Getting Active

Yoga with Adrienne- https://m.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene

Couch to 5k app- https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/couch-to-5k-week-by-week up/

The BodyCoach, PE with Joe, everyday at 9am or stream previous workouts via his YouTube channel- https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ

Healthy Eating/ Cooking

Jack Monroe- cooking on a bootstrap, budget meals- https://cookingonabootstrap.com/category/recipes-food/

Change 4 Life- easy family recipes- https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/recipes/dinner

Podcasts

Happy Place- https://www.officialfearnecotton.com/happy-place

Reasons to be cheerful- https://www.cheerfulpodcast.com

No really, I’m fine: mental health against Coronavirus- https://play.acast.com/s/noreallyimfine

The Week: Junior Show- https://www.funkidslive.com/podcast/the-week-junior-show/#

Stuck at home- https://www.funkidslive.com/podcast/stuck/

Follow DYF Care and Support on Twitter:- @dyf_CareSupport

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