Liam King, Principal
Last week we saw all staff and students on campus for the first time in 19 weeks and with that came a sense of excitement. However, as the week ended the energy levels of both students and staff seemed to drop slightly. There are some logical reasons for this as we adjust to the ‘new normal’. The initial excitement may have disappeared slightly as the normality of returning to school emerged; for some of us our body clocks are still adjusting to the new structures of the day and we have had to refocus on how to concentrate for extended periods.
Routines play an important part in our physical and mental wellbeing, especially in these uncertain times. Throughout the MCO we were advised to keep a regular routine for the benefit of our mental health. For many of us working from home, the extra time found by not having to travel each day was put to good use in the form of extra exercise or learning a new skill, but we are now faced with a new challenge of maintaining these good habits whilst returning to our old routines.
It’s surprising how you can so easily fall out of a routine, especially in these strange times when we have become conditioned to spending a lot of time indoors. During the MCO self-isolating, working from home or social distancing became a focus, but keeping up a daily routine was very important. By sticking to a routine it helped to keep our minds occupied, it made us feel more in control of everything, and helped reduce our stress levels.
Now that the MCO is over and students are returning to a more familiar daily routine, it is important to readjust and evaluate. The activities that were beneficial during the MCO should be maintained and incorporated into our daily routine. But at the same time we need to re-establish things like getting enough sleep, setting alarms to a regular time to ensure we are ready for the day. Establishing a regular morning sequence that includes eating a healthy breakfast and getting prepared for your day at school will help set you up mentally and physically for the day ahead.
At school it is also important to eat a snack and your lunch during the breaks. During the day it is important to take time to relax and reflect on what you are learning whether during class, prior to the start of the day or in the breaks, as it helps you to focus and remember the concepts being taught.
At the end of the day get some fresh air. Enjoy a brief walk or jog around the block or some other form of activity that you enjoy, just make sure you stay at least two metres away from anyone else that isn’t from your household. You’ll feel the benefits of the fresh air and it will replenish your energy. (Always wash your hands when you return home).
Stay connected. Keep in touch with friends and family, whether it’s a text or by video call, as it helps to know you’re not alone and that everyone is going through this together.
On Friday we celebrate Hari Raya Haji which is a Muslim festival to celebrate the Prophet Ibrahim’s (Abraham’s) complete faith and trust in God through the sacrifice of his son Ismail (Ishmael). We hope all the Muslim members of our community enjoy this special day with their families and friends.
Enjoy the weekend.