Year 08 Information
Message from the Year Leader and Stage Leader
Hello Year 8.
This is it ladies and gentlemen, our final newsletter. What began as a way of keeping you informed and up to date has developed into somewhat of a lifeline at least for me. Although at times it has not been easy to contribute to the weekly messages, I have looked forward each week to writing something and I sincerely hope that something I’ve written has helped to support some of you at some point.
Who would have imagined that at the beginning of Year 8 we would be ending it in this way having gone through so much together? I think it would be fair to say that we have all endured so much over these past four months. All of you will have grown in maturity in some way. Some of you will have a greater appreciation for your families. Some of you will respect the outdoors more, having been inside for so long, and do your best to keep it cleaner for everyone to enjoy. Some of you will have taught yourselves new skills and discovered new talents. Some of you will have a greater admiration for education and how important it is. Some of you will have unfortunately lost people and we all shared grief at the passing of Mrs Dimond. Let us never forget the overall impact of Covid-19. For better or worse it has changed all of us in some way.
But there is light on the horizon. It may only be the vague light of a new dawn but nevertheless it is there and it will come all the sooner as long as we keep on supporting each other. Remember to call your friends because a text that says ‘kl’ doesn’t tell you they need a chat because they’re upset. Contact your buddy you haven’t heard from in a few weeks. Check they’re ok. Continue to support your families by being there and sharing your interests. And above all, continue to be the most fantastic and amazing young people I know you to be.
Here’s to September and all the great things we can achieve.
- Mr Desmond
Good morning Year 8.
Well sadly this is our final newsletter of the year. I have really appreciated all those who have helped contribute to these. Whether you have planned competitions, entered them, submitted quotes, took part in the quiz or whether you have just read them each week - thank you.
What a journey we have been on over the last 2 years, seeing you grow from your first day at Kingsbury High as little babies to seeing you mature into young adults. Now we have been together during a world pandemic and have had to lean on each other for support. I look forward to the last leg of our Journey, one where we complete our Graduation year and see you fly the nest to K building at the end of year 9.
During these summer months, remember staff are on their break so will not be checking emails daily but we are still here if you need support during intermittent intervals. I will probably check mine once a week for anything major.
I hope that all of your families are safe and well and that we see you all return in September ready to catch up on all of your learning. Make sure you message, call, and when safe to do so, meet up with your friends over the summer. This will help your mental well being and you never know when your friends are wanting support but might not be able to ask for it.
Well done for everything you have done until this point, I look forward to seeing you all again soon. Stay safe.
Hope you enjoyed working these out. Here are last week's answers and a final quiz below.
The answer is 87 because the numbers are upside down! Well done to all those who got it!
Calendar of Birthdays this week
Saturday 11th July
Bindi Kara and Madushika Ranasinghe
Sunday 12th July
Monday 13th July
Tuesday 14th July
Wednesday 15th July
Joshua Ndukwe and Ana Stefania Popescu
Thursday 16th July
Friday 17th July
Quote of the week - Thank you to the students who sent quotes to me :)
Thought of the week- In my 30+ years on this planet, I have had to go through many things in order to achieve my best potential and get to where I am today. But those minor issues pale in comparison to these past four months. It would be doing a great disservice to try and describe how it’s made us feel because this is personal to each of us. Words such as ‘difficult’ and ‘struggle’ just don’t adequately do justice to what we have endured as individuals, as families, as communities, and as a nation.
So I’m not going to look back at what has been and instead I encourage you to look forward to the day ahead. September will bring its own unique challenges as we navigate our way into a new school year and we all do our best to help each other continue to achieve our goals but for the moment, enjoy today.
To quote Master Oogway from Kung Fu Panda “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery but today is a gift. That is why we call it the present”
This week in History -
1877 Kate Edger becomes New Zealand’s first woman graduate and first woman in the British Empire to earn a Bachelor of Arts
12th July - 1957 US Surgeon General Leroy Burney connects smoking with lung cancer
19th July - 2017 China announces a plan against “foreign garbage” banning 24 categories of plastic and recyclable waste from 2018
25th July - 1997 Scientists announce the first human stem cells to be cultured in a laboratory using tissue taken from aborted human embryos
Word of the day -
Frisson: noun - a brief moment of emotional excitement
The students felt a frisson of joy that the school year was over.
Hello there Kingsburians!
This week’s Well-Being Bulletin challenge Is stress management
Most people think of it as a double edged sword. It does good and bad to us. Fundamentally stress is our natural reaction to being under pressure. Most of the time it does us good by keeping us on our toes. It motivates us to do our best. A lot of athletes have openly talked about how they perform their best during competitive racing where they are under stress.
According to them their stress forces them to overcome their obstacles and keeps them going. Unfortunately too much stress can be very dangerous for us; when we are stressed our brains release a hormone: cortisol which is toxic, this makes our minds clouded, in turn clouding our judgement. This leads to wrong choices being made, leading to regret. Choices made under stress can be rushed and lead to poor decisions.
Too much stress can lead to self doubt which then starts to breed depression. This, over time will affect both your mental wellbeing as well as physical wellbeing. Some professionals have talked about how you should befriend stress and control it in order to achieve your goals. They talk about how most of the time a bit of stress can help to keep you going. However, it is very important for us to realise that stress accumulates: it builds on
itself. More stress will lead to more stress to a point where the individual feels overwhelmed. It is crucial that we acknowledge the fact that we are all somewhat stressed: due to this pandemic; more than two months worth of academic school year has been lost; and some have their GCSEs next year. These are the most important exams we have done so far, so it is
reasonable to be a little stressed. Therefore we should try and reflect on our stress levels and take advantage of it to achieve our best. However we should also make sure that it doesn’t overwhelm us.
Managing Stress when it gets too much, top tips:
1. Stress can be caused by being overwhelmed with too many things. I advise that all of you try your best to study over the summer holiday. That way, you don’t have to cram all that knowledge into your brains in 2 days- before school. This would mean we would be nearly ‘stressless’ when we return to school.
2. Take control of the situation. Develop a plan that you can manage and will reduce stress levels/manage a similar situation better. What will you do? By When? Who can help?
3. Take deep breaths, this has been shown to manage heart rate which in turn
manages feelings of stress.
4. Mindful activities- mindfulness, singing, knitting- activities that allow you focus on something that is not your stress and lowers heart rate and produces our wellness hormones in our bodies.
5. Exercise, this has been shown to lower levels of stress.
6. Avoid making decisions when overly stressed, reduce your stress levels before
deciding what to do.
The Well-Being Team.
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Joe Wicks - 9am every morning on his youtube account
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