Habsmonmouth Online

Pastoral care

Key advice & reminders

  • Keep in regular contact with your teachers, at your regular lesson times.
  • Remember you are not alone. Your teachers are still available to support you, both academically and pastorally.
  • Ask for help when needed; independent learning is a new skill to learn. Don’t be afraid to say if something seems confusing or you need extra support.
  • Try to keep on top of your workload to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
  • Take the opportunity to also follow your passions; if a particular topic interests you, research it. You never know where it might lead! Be sure to keep your teachers updated so we can support you in this.

What wellbeing looks like:

  • Interactions with family and friends.
  • Healthy eating.
  • Regular sleep patterns.
  • Communicates with others.
  • Work/ life balance.
  • Other interests.
  • Physical activity.

Build in structure:

  • Try to maintain a routine similar to your normal day/ week (eg, weekday and weekend routines).
  • Have allocated time for work and for rest.
  • Maintain habits – dress in the daytime, etc.
  • Make time for what you love.
  • Break your day/ week into chunks.
  • Plan your time.
  • Build in social contact; distance physically but don’t become socially isolated.

Basics:

  • Get some fresh air and go outside (following Government advice), preferably in the mornings/during daylight.
  • Exercise at regular points throughout the day. Keep hydrated.
  • Try to maintain regular meal-times.
  • Eat a balanced diet.

Stay Connected:

  • Make time to connect with family and friends online or virtually.
  • Schedule regular catch ups – use WhatAapp, Facetime or Messenger Video calls.
  • Make plans to “meet” – video calls for meals, cake, takeaways, etc.
  • Use appropriate technology wisely (eg Netflix watch parties, gaming apps with chat function) but safely and only with your own existing social circle.
  • Be kind – remember others may also be finding this situation challenging.
  • Make the Tutor groups 8.30am twice a week.
  • Housemasters and Heads of Year will contact tutees and parents once a week.
  • Access the Chaplain’s podcast.

Tools and resources:

  • YouTube – lots of guided meditations and mindfulness videos, music for relaxation/ concentration.
  • Kooth app – online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop.
  • Calm app – guided meditations, daily reminders. School subscription.
  • BBC – specific programmes, podcasts and online resources to support pupils and parents during school closures.

Keep Moving:

  • Your daily activity will be reduced if you are at home, so it is important to build movement into your routine.
  • Your usual exercise method may no longer be available.
  • Use this opportunity to try something different.
  • Youtube and other apps have tutorials and guided workouts.
  • Try HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), or more gentle exercises such as Yoga or Pilates.
  • Go outside into the garden and play a game.
  • Take care not to injure yourself – work within your usual fitness levels and take it steady.

Make your time meaningful:

  • All those things you never seem to have time for – list them.
  • Take up a new skill or hobby.
  • Make time to be creative – art, music, crafts etc.
  • Make time to help others where possible, either virtually or, where safe to do so, in person; collect some shopping for a neighbour, offer to do some gardening for someone nearby.
  • Keep up to date with study so you don’t feel overwhelmed.