We aim for our students to flourish through:
“being confident in expressing” – BSM Vision and Mission
First, we must thank our Year 6 students for their assembly this morning where they shared reasons why our brains are brilliant, and what we can to do keep our own brain in tip top condition.
6JG began by exploring the flight, fight, freeze reaction and how this evolved to keep us alive. For primitive people, it was better to worry about a sabre tooth tiger that might be hiding in the bushes, rather than to not be worried at all… until one pounces! In our modern lives, many things that aren’t actually a threat to life cause us stress, such as exams or sporting competitions. It is important for us to know our triggers and how to manage our stress response, so 6JG shared some techniques for this such as using mindfulness.
6AC then went to look at neuroplasticity – the ability of the brain to form new connections as a result of practice and experience. They also shared this message: if you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re probably right. What does this mean? That self-belief is important in achieving your goals: try to have a growth mindset as much as possible.
6RS shared what our brain needs in order to stay healthy. Diet is important, as the brain uses 25% of the energy required by our bodies. Skipping breakfast is a sure fire way to mean poor concentration in school! Exercise is also important: your brain needs your body to get moving if it is to work as well as it can. As your brain is comprised of 70% water, it is important to drink plenty of it. If you do not, it can cause headaches and make it difficult to focus. And finally sleep: this is where our brain synthesises the day’s events and is an integral part of learning. Because our days are so busy, many of us do not get enough. Do you know how much you should be sleeping? Scientists estimate that school-age children need on average 9.5 hours of sleep per night, and adults between 7 and 9 hours. Are you getting enough?
Thank you to Year 6 for sharing their learning to help all of us be better learners. Their message also reinforces three of our well-being strands that I have included the banners of.
Being active is also part of a healthy lifestyle and you have the ideal opportunity this Sunday to do just that at our annual BSM Fun Run. This will be held at 7am in Urdaneta Village. As well as embracing one of the key goals of our Well-being Framework you will be supporting our Service Learning programme as all proceeds go directly to this fund. I hope to see you all there.