Mind, Body and Soul in ASPIRE lessons this term

“We will remember a time when we all got to stop and be present. We will remember the time our health was a priority and we were forced to think outside the box and dream up new ideas. And for once, among all the chaos, there was community; there was a rise in togetherness and streets were quiet but homes were bustling with love and laughter”.

These are extracts from ‘The Silver Lining’ written by Leila Stead. They have stood as the cornerstone of ASPIRE lessons this term; encouraging pupils to embrace moments of stillness – to breathe and be present – to enjoy nature, family time and to consider their own wellbeing and that of their family and members of their community. Alongside looking at the wise words in Charlie Mackesy’s book, ‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse,’ pupils in Years 7 and 8 have been writing letters to residents of care homes around Guildford. One care home said, “the girls’ letters have been a real highlight and have brought huge amounts of joy”.

Girls have been inspired by the Mind, Body and Soul chart and have kept themselves busy by baking, drawing, exercising and reading. More latterly, Years 7-10 received an ASPIRE wellbeing booklet and journal to encourage daily reflection and gratitude; a skill that builds resilience and can often be tested in more challenging circumstances such as those we find ourselves in. In a conversation between the mole and the boy, Charlie Mackesy wrote:“Is your glass half empty or half full?” asked the mole. “I think I am grateful to have a glass” said the boy. Wise words indeed!

Mrs Amanda Whybro