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Rydal Penrhos: Mrs Davies’ daily blog – June 8
June 9, 2020

Rydal Penrhos Daily Notes – June 8

Day 54 from Rydal Penrhos school’s keyworker childcare provision – 20 pupils, 8 staff

…and relax

How annoying can these words be sometimes as a busy multi-tasking adult! But how important they are, especially in the difficult situation we find ourselves in at the moment.

At school we are trying to promote relaxing. It’s easier with the older pupils who understand social distancing and more about what is going on in our world at the moment.

However when Mrs Morris announced that our pre-school activity was going to be listening to relaxing words and music our three and four-year-olds immediately rushed into a small and confined space, lay down and closed their eyes!

Mrs Morris encouraged them into lying in their own space and they soon quietened down and appeared to ‘relax’. If only it was so easy for us to just switch off like that!

Staying calm and quiet, for just a few minutes a day, apparently helps our mental and physical health in so many different ways it is almost portrayed as the elixir of youth by the media.

Well, I’m not sure that it’s making me feel younger but certainly sitting quietly for a few minutes every morning looking out at the view from the Prep School has helped me prepare for the day.

It has also helped me see the amazing birdlife in the school grounds; who knew that we had a pair of resident buzzards?

They are not popular with the other birds who defend their own patch of sky with the utmost bravery, it doesn’t always end well. There are the remains of two pigeons to testify to this week’s skirmishes!

I divert from the theme of ‘relaxing’…and that’s the problem…we need to relax before we can relax.

In his assemblies, during ‘lockdown’ Reverend Sissons has given lots of helpful hints about trying to relax.

This week a family wrote to me to say that they had following Reverend Sissons’s example and had purchased a ‘singing bowl’ to help with relaxation.

Apparently it works!! Everything is worth a try.

Mrs Lucy Davies

Head of Rydal Penrhos Prep School