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Our Vision – Shaping the future through Inspiration, Support & Positivity Our Mission – To empower and inspire our youth by sharing good news stories and information from the schools and local communities.

Educational Life Management Team Managing Director, Editor & School liaison - Claire Turner Sales & Marketing Director - John Turner Financial Director - Mike Dyson Media Director - Stuart Wilson Our publication is designed and printed by Shout Spark & Go Limited Educational Life is committed to reducing the local carbon footprint - please pass this magazine on before recycling. Educational Life is published on behalf of Educational Life CIC, Unit 7 The LEAD Centre, Dane Valley Road, St Peters, Broadstairs, CT10 3JJ Educational Life is put together in co-operation with the schools and we have been given permission to use all stories and photos.


Editor’s Letter Welcome to this the first edition of our new look magazine. We are so excited to share our changes with you, we are now a Community Interest Company, 100% not for profit, meaning everything goes back into producing, improving and growing our service to our schools, advertisers and local community. Educational Life CIC is on track to become the heartbeat of the community offering Information, Advice & Tips, Community News, Fun and Health & Wellbeing to our readers and followers. Created in January 2012 originally as School News, we pride ourselves on reporting positive news stories from the schools and their students and the local community in South East Kent. Educational Life CIC has a dream, and it’s a big one! To empower & Inspire our youth by sharing their good news. We welcome Good News stories from all schools, and community groups and would love to hear from you if you have something to share please do contact me at editor@ We really hope you enjoy reading this edition as much as we have enjoyed putting it together for you, get in touch and let us know your thoughts, don’t forget to follow us on our website and social media. Claire x

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Contents Evolving to a CIC


Peace and Hope for Jimmy


Kent College Canterbury


Whitstable Endowed


Northbourne Park


Ursuline College


St Laurence Junior Academy


St Ethelberts


Newington Upton Junior School


Rugby Festival


Let’s Play


Community news


Advice & Tips


Business Focus




How To


My ‘What you call life’


Advertising Rates



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Evolving to a CIC


ent is considered one of the most deprived counties in the UK. Times are hard, record numbers of families in Thanet and Canterbury are using foodbanks to feed themselves. The average income is low and expendable income is even lower. As a project as part of our business, School News was reliant on small local businesses paying for advertising and it was becoming difficult to cover the costs. The team, felt strongly that the magazine must continue and not stop being produced, as it was having a positive impact on the community – families were feeding back the support it gave and how much they looked forward to it. The continuity for youngsters that we ‘not give up on them’ was empowering and helped us plan the next steps.




even be produced meant that we could not invest any money into hosting events or

As part of becoming a C.I.C we decided to choose ‘For Jimmy’ as our charitable partner. We will follow and support Barry and Margaret Mizen and look forward to working closely together.


Becoming a CIC felt like a natural progression. The purpose of the magazine was to improve life for those in our community but it feels that as a venture for our business, we cannot offer services that we’d like to. Constantly chasing our tail to ensure the next edition can

researching information and resources properly. By becoming a CIC we could ensure that everyone knows that the community really is at the heart of everything we do; allows us to broaden the reach of agencies that can offer guidance and support; apply for funding to start hosting events for youngsters and families; grow the team so that we can offer more services and eventually create a template for Educational Life to be rolled out on a region by region basis.

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Barry and Margaret Mizen, MBEs hit national headlines on 10th May 2008 when immediately after the murder of their 16-year-old son Jimmy Mizen in south-east London, they spoke of compassion rather than revenge. On that day, they made two promises; they would not be beaten by Jimmy’s death and that something good would come from it.   Drawing strength from their catholic faith, since that day they have worked tirelessly with young people across the country sharing Jimmy’s story in schools, prisons, Youth Offending Institutes and the catholic community. Through their charity, For Jimmy, those talks have now developed into a school programme that’s mission is to share Jimmy’s story to help all young people fulfil their potential and build the types of communities we want to live in.   They’re now having a grown-up discussion about what role each of us; from politicians and the police, to ordinary members of the community, can play. That means challenging widely held assumptions and asking big questions about the kind of society we want to live in. Nine years

Peace is not a destination, it’s a journey. Will you join us?

Visit to find out how you can join our journey for peace. on from Jimmy’s murder and his legacy continues to be one of forgiveness, peace and hope. 5

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Kent College Canterbury

Young Entrepreneur

tudents were in for a treat last week when David de Min arrived looking as if he had walked off a film set. This former student of Kent College is Canterbury based and on the day of his visit to his old school completed the soft release of his amazing app. Using 3D touch technology his method of videoing is set to take the world by storm. David captivated the audience and within minutes the students were able to shoot and edit their own videos. David then went onto inspire students with his can do attitude which has enabled him to drive

his business from idea to fruition in just 12 months. Through sheer tenacity David has managed to get his app seen and recognised by world authorities such as Steve Wozniak co-founder of apple! The app is called Velapp and is simple method of editing video as you shoot it. David with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak

Former Kent College student David de Min


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Whitstable and Seasalter Endowed Junior School



o welcome visitors to this lovely little school, the headteacher Ellen Butcher says ‘I am very proud to lead such a brilliant team of adults who work tirelessly to make the children’s time here the best experience. The children make me proud every day. Every child is encouraged and supported to be the very best that they can be; nothing should stop each child reaching for the stars. As well as delightful children, we are very lucky to have an experienced team of Governors who are heavily involved with the school, strong links with our local churches and very good parental support. All in all, we have a very good school and a lot to celebrate!’ They do indeed have a lot to celebrate, with Ofsted inspectors judging the school OUTSTANDING in all areas. A glowing report speaks of inspirational leadership, staff excellence and a passionate commitment

by all. The pupils were spoken of as being friendly and polite, with impeccable behaviour both in lessons and around the school. The school staff, parents and pupils are delighted that Ofsted have recognised how hard everyone has worked. As is Patrick Leeson from KCC who said that the judgement of outstanding is a clear testimony to the school leadership and the dedication, ambition and hard work from pupils, families, staff and governors. The school shared a wonderful celebration day with all the pupils, with party food at lunch time, bouncy castle, creative activities, ice creams and a disco. Congratulations to all at Whitstable Endowed, an outstanding school which certainly has a lot to celebrate!


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Northbourne ‘Burton Race’ delivers at Northbourne Park School


n Saturday 6th May, Northbourne Park School started the weekend with its summer Open Morning showcasing the school’s outstanding Outdoor Education programme, practical Science experiments, Music, Sport and Creative Arts.

individually sprint and swim/dinghy across the swimming pool. Our true school ethos really shone through when children were cheered on by the crowd as well as all their fellow students, regardless

After a lunchtime picnic with their families, the pupils prepared themselves for the school’s legendary ‘Burton Race’. A mixture of alumni, teachers and parents came to support the four school houses: Drake, Marlborough, Nelson and Wellington as they competed with each other to claim victory and lay their hands on the coveted ‘Burton Trophy’. The ‘Burton Race’ is a massive relay event held on the school grounds, in which all the pupils


of what house or year group they were in. All competitors stood up, clapped and cheered as the final runner strove across the finish line. There was a great display of community and team spirit throughout the afternoon and after an exciting final lap, the winners of the ‘2017 Burton Race’ was Marlborough House. A Year 8 student said: ‘’It’s great that so many parents come and support the race and I love how competitive it is on the day, but then afterwards we’re all friends again!’’



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Park School French Cuisine for Northbourne Park Pre-Prep Pupils


n Friday 5th May, Northbourne Park PrePrep pupils and their parents enjoyed a morning of French culture tucking into an authentic French breakfast complete with croissants, baguettes, pain au chocolat, along with jus d’orange or chocolat chaud. This French cuisine experience gave parents of pupils in Reception and Year 2 classes the perfect opportunity to see their children’s twice weekly French lessons come to fruition. Learning a secondary language at such young age prepares them for later in life. Mrs Rees, Head of the Pre-Prep said: “It was lovely to see the children having this opportunity to use their French speaking skills that they have learnt in their French lessons. These kinds of events are ideal occasions for parents to see their children’s progress whilst enjoying French culture.”

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Ursuline College

Ofsted Inspection


rsuline College underwent a section 8 Ofsted inspection on Tuesday 25th April 2017.

for their hard work in helping us attain this excellent outcome�. Mr. S. Adamson - Executive Headteacher

I am delighted to report that the Ofsted inspectors concluded that the Ursuline College remained a Good school and that this judgement was unchanged from its last inspection. This is an excellent result for the school and confirms that we continue to provide a good standard of education for our pupils. The school is determined to build upon this success and aim even higher for the future. "As executive head teacher I would like to thank all the staff, governors and students

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St Laurence Junior

Eggciting ‘Magic and Mystery’ Week


n eggciting week was had by the pupils of St Laurence Junior Academy (Ramsgate)-who were enthralled by a series of events for ‘Magic and Mystery’ week. It all began when a ‘mysterious’ object appeared on the school field, causing the fire bell to ring. Pupils and staff were evacuated on to the playground; their safety was paramount. After Mr Jeremy Gorham (Site Manager) had performed a thorough investigation of the site, he discovered a bizarre, egg-like object near the pond. He then informed Mrs Palmer (Head Teacher), that there was no danger to the children and they were permitted to go and examine the site. All the pupils in the school used this event to write some creative stories, newspaper reports and create films of the event.


“I was so excited! I had never seen such a large egg before!” exclaimed a year 3 pupil. Not only did this happen, but additionally, all classes completed some ‘magic’ science activities. Year 6 made ‘Cartesian Divers’ which they thought were magical because when Mrs Ellis squeezed the bottle, the pen lid inside sank to the bottom and rose back up when she released it. As well as this, every class had an Astrodome experience, where they took a voyage to the stars. “I thought it was very dark and quite scary to begin with. I liked the landing on the moon part because I was born that year.” explained Mrs Wilmshurst. Mr Gorham gave us the opportunity to watch a fantastic magic show (performed by him) with lots of astonishing tricks. Children were amazed that he could draw a cross on his hand with a sharpie, rub it off and blow it on to a volunteer’s hand! He also taught the children how to amaze their parents with other mind-blowing acts.

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Year 4 Cabinet of Curiosities


he children and staff from 4WG celebrated the launch of their Cabinet of Curiosities display, being exhibited at The Powell-Cotton Museum at Quex. The children have been working with the staff since the start of the year, learning how to select, label and put special, treasured items on display to the general public. The culmination of their hard work was celebrated with a launch event,

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where the children were joined by their parents and grandparents, who were also able to tour the museum free of charge after viewing the exhibit. Anyone can visit the children’s cabinet of curiosities exhibit, as it is on display until term 5, when the children from 4D will take over and create their own display.

Reports by pupils, Keira Lawrence and Kacey Richardson.


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St Ethelbert’s Catholic Year 5 violin group take the whole school for an assembly!


ll of Year 5 class at St. Ethelbert’s Catholic Primary School, in Ramsgate, learn the violin for the whole year. They divide into two groups of 15 on a Friday afternoon. Their teacher, Mrs Royston said that the whole class are coming on in leaps and bounds. Each session ends with a full performance of their violin in front of the whole school and their parents on a Friday afternoon.

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Primary School Rugby Festival


ven though it was freezing cold St Ethelbert’s Catholic Primary school pupils, parents and staff had a fantastic morning at the 22nd annual rugby festival at Upton school. The team were given Argentina as their country and had great fun in the weeks leading up to the event making their banners and flags.

‘Mr Williams, Mr Williams’ as they watched the teachers try to show them how it is supposed to be done. It is fantastic for the year 6 pupils to have this opportunity to attend events like this at the end of their primary school years.

On the day, the team played well together, the skills and teamwork they had learnt in the lead up games was evidently on show. The highlight had to be the teacher’s demonstration match, the pupils chanting

Photos courtesy of Mark Baker


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Newington Community Getting Ready for Rugger Fest

ugby is emerging as a popular sport for pupils at Newington community primary school in Ramsgate.

The Year 5/6 team is in training for the Thanet primary championships at Upton School in Broadstairs on Saturday, May 6th. In recent weeks the team has performed well in their own rugby festival and six nation’s tournament in April. Head Teacher Cliff Stokes said: “The team’s ability to collaborate and show zest in their sport really helped them to shine at these events and we look forward to the next big tournament. “What is most pleasing is their desire to learn and improve, and the teamwork and sportsmanship that they show.”

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Primary School Young Singers on the Record


ursery children are singing their way to a special performance on a magic carpet ride inspired by Disney’s Aladdin.

flags and natural landmarks. They have already held a tasty cuisine day where they tasted foods from Morocco.

The three and four year olds at Newington community primary school in Ramsgate have recorded a song called We’re On A Carpet by music teacher and musician Warwick Eldred. It will be played in the school’s theatre during a performance by the whole school to celebrate the end of the term’s theme which has been based around Aladdin called ‘A Whole New World Experience’. Other year groups will present what they have been working on in the special performance for friends and family. Mr Eldred said: “The Nursery children have enjoyed learning the song and sang it really well, so we decided to record it. We are proud of their efforts and decided to play it to the whole school as part of the end of term show.” As part of the term theme more than 600 pupils have been to London’s West End to see the musical version of Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre. They have also enjoyed a special activities event called A Whole New World Experience that helped them recognise where in the world different countries are. Each class became another country and the children experienced food, dancing, music,


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Upton Junior School

he force is with children from Upton Junior School in Broadstairs.

It may not have been Star Wars but there was plenty of science action on show when Year 3 pupils celebrated their Feel the Force topic with a Design and Technology Day and a Science Fair.

The children took on the challenge to design and create their own marble runs using junk modelling materials. During the topic they investigated the effects of gravity and friction and this helped them as they considered their designs.

“D&T day was a fantastic day for the children and there was a real buzz in Year 3. It truly was a day for imagination, investigation and creativity. The children showed remarkable ingenuity and resilience.” There were a variety of designs on show from the simple to the complex. Among the designers were eight year olds Alice, Luke and Jack. They said: “The topic was great fun and we learnt a lot about friction, gravity and the sort of surfaces that are best for our marbles to run smoothly. Making the marble runs took time and we had to get them just right so that the marble travelled evenly from the top to the bottom of the chute.” Upton Junior School is part of the Viking Academy Trust with Chilton Primary School and Ramsgate Free School.

Fran Hare-Winton, Head of Year 3, explained: “They chose smooth surfaces so there was less friction. We also discussed how to make the marble go faster or slower by making the run steeper or flatter. “The science fair was a great success and many parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles attended the afternoon. It enabled the children to share their creations with their adults from home, as well as describing the process of designing their marble run and making it.


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Thanet primary schools’ rugby festival Saturday 6th May 2017


hanet Primary Schools’ 22nd annual touch rugby tournament took place at Upton Junior School, with nearly 300 boys and girls from 20 schools across the island entering the event. The children played 15 minute matches throughout the morning, displaying the skills they had learnt playing in mini-tournaments in the previous months. All the players and their school mascots received medals of participation and each school received a rugby trophy. Also awarded at the end of the day were the Banner Trophy and the Fair Play award. Half way through the morning teaching staff had an opportunity to show off their rugby prowess with an exhibition match. The hundreds of spectators witnessed some excellent displays of rugby as well as great sportsmanship at this highly enjoyable sporting event.

Gary Rees, Chairman of Thanet Passport, thanked Thanet Rotary Club and MPG Properties for their continued support and sponsorship of the trophies and medals, Margate Ambulance for providing first aid

cover, as well as Upton School for the venue and the school’s PTFA for the refreshments.

This year the Banner trophy, voted for by members of Thanet Rotary Club, was awarded to St Nicholas-at-Wade primary

school for their depiction of South Africa. The staff voted for the school that would be awarded the Fair Play award during all the tournaments played this season and this year’s winner was St Saviour’s Junior School, who will now progress to the county finals.




Community News St Augustine’s Ramsgate

was invited on a guided tour of the new Visitor and Education Centre at the stunning Shrine of St Augustine’s Ramsgate. The new centre is opening in May 2017 during the annual St Augustine Week, which is a celebration of the birth of Christianity in this country, following St Augustine landing in Thanet. With support from the Heritage Lottery fund, the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, the Friends of St Augustine’s and members of the local community this restoration costing £1.2 million has been beautifully done.

All the restoration work has been beautifully, carefully and sympathetically done. For example, where small repairs have been required, a new door made or even a complete new piece of furniture it has all been done in the Pugin style, therefore you struggle to see what is old and what is new. Obviously, there are some new editions by way of glass doors and panelling and hi tech gadgets, but they don’t look out of place at all. The visitor centre has been built in an existing Pugin building, as you enter the schoolroom there are bright information panels to the side showing information 22

about St Augustine and Pugin, with children’s interaction points at their height. A video showing the beauty of this place is projected onto the wall, with another projector available for special showings of films and information. To the other side is a huge statue of St Augustine that has its own unique story, a perfect place for a selfie. Through beautiful new glass doors out of the schoolroom into the Cloister flanked by amazing stain glass windows some dating back hundreds of years. A museum area ready to display many beautiful objects, bringing some back to their rightful home. Upstairs is the meeting room and library with new bookcases specially made for that room, exact replicas of the bookcases in Pugins own home (The Grange next door), I was very pleased with myself for noticing this. Hidden behind old wooden doors are state of the art toilet’s and kitchens and the whole place is bathed in stunning new lighting, it is all very clever. I couldn’t go into the Abbey as building work was still going on, however what I did see enables me to say that an amazing job has been done by all involved and I highly recommend anyone to pay them a visit. Claire Turner

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Mobile phones and apps


n this age of technology and social media when cyber conversation seems easier for our youngsters than physical interaction, it can be difficult to know where to draw the line. What age should they have their own mobile? Every family has different views, but face the difficulty of not wanting their child to be the odd-one-out in the playground either. Peer Pressure for parenting, anybody? It’s fair to assume that the biggest concern is vulnerability whilst online and not wanting them to access inappropriate things. Boundaries Vs Safety. What apps are suitable and at what age? It used to be music that made us feel out of touch…now it’s the latest apps.

Here’s a basic rundown of functions for the most popular apps: Whatsapp Min age 16 Chat facility and free way to share media. Ability to have group conversations & broadcast updates. Add through phonebook only. Facebook Min age 13 Profiles can be set to private or public. Ability to block people or chat via the messenger app. The new live feature seems to be more popular with events to get the news out quickly.

Apps that centre around peer-to-peer communication can be the hardest to monitor. It’s not all negative though! They facilitate communication out of school and help those who may feel socially-awkward to develop friendships “Children find it much easier to use an emoji – it’s a simple way to allow them to start a conversation”1 it is true that they can also be a hot-bed of cyber bullying or negativity. 1 Helen Lamprell, Corporate & External Affairs Director

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Snapchat Min age 13 timed conversation via photos which disappear with filters & chat facility. The function to create a daily story of your activities. Can broadcast to follow strangers in your area or add friends via phonebook. Oovoo Min age 13 video chat with up to 12 people. Text & media sharing. Must have account. Privacy controls & block facility. Instagram: Min age 13 A photo & short video platform which can be anonymous or personal, set to public or private. YouTube: Min age 13 with parent’s consent 18 without. Can use anonymously but must sign in for full content. A great resource for creative people, an opportunity to establish

a brand by making regular content about something they are passionate about. [Zoella, Casey Neistat & Caspar Lee have forged a livelihood from YouTube with millions of subscribers.] Also a facility to research the latest tech/hair/makeup/music trends. Ability to block content and apply parental controls. Whisper: Min age 17 An anonymous platform to communicate feelings. Well monitored service that aims to prevent bullying.



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ands up if you think you eat your 5 portions of fruit and veg every day? Hands up if you even know what a portion is? Hands up if you’re confused about what a healthy diet is? There are many conflicting messages surrounding healthy eating these days so it’s difficult to know where to start when trying to feed a family healthy foods on a budget! Does it need to be so complicated? No! Do you need to give up foods you love? No! Do you need to buy expensive brands and fresh foods? No, no, no! So where do we start? The Eatwell Guide, Pages/the-eatwell-guide.aspx), is a great starting place for anyone wanting to improve their diet and shows how much of each food group you should be eating to achieve a healthy balance. You don’t have to eat the suggested amounts each day, (except for fruit and veg), but, it shows how much of each food group should be making up your diet overall. The best thing is that although there are foods you should eat in moderation, nothing is banned! Sounds like my kind of thing! Would it surprise you to know that just over a third of your diet should be based around healthy carbohydrates, such as, bread, pasta, rice, wholegrain cereals, potatoes etc? These foods give us energy and are low calorie. It’s what we eat with them that adds the calories, for example, lots of butter/jam or creamy sauces. If you can, choose high fibre or wholegrain options, (50/50 options are better for young children).


So what does a portion look like? 1 slice of bread/half a roll/half a pitta 2 egg sized potatoes 3 tablespoons of cooked rice/pasta Aim to eat 2 portions with each main meal.

We all know that that we should eat a minimum of 5 portions of fruit and veg a day, but sometimes it seems easier said than done! Pick a variety of produce to give you a range of nutrients! Tinned, frozen and dried fruit are all fine to eat, they keep the cost down and minimise waste. Dried fruit, such as raisins, can be great for kids, just try to eat them with main meals to help counteract the sugar content. What is a portion? 80g of fruit or veg. 40g for young children 1 whole fruit, such as an apple or banana 30g of dried fruit 150ml of fruit juice/smoothies (unsweetened and only once per day). Not recommended for children under 5 Try to have some milk or dairy or dairy alternative each day, ideally 2-3 portions. Calcium is essential for healthy teeth and bones. Dairy can be high in fat, so opt for lighter and low sugar versions when possible. From the age of 2 children can have semi-skimmed milk Children over 5 years can have skimmed milk. What is a portion? 200ml of milk or alternative. 30g of cheese. A small yoghurt or fromage frais.

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your 5 a day) 80g (cooked weight) of meat and poultry 140g (cooked weight) white and oily fish 120g soya, tofu or quorn Eat moderate amounts of meat/fish/eggs/ beans/pulses - 2-3 portions a day. Aim to eat 2 portions of fish a week, 1 of those being oily, (salmon/fresh tuna). If you or your children don’t like fish, look for products with added Omega 3.

Foods that are high in fat or sugar should be eaten in moderation. They are not essential for a healthy diet, so there’s no need to eat them at all. (Remember, fats and sugars used when cooking count, as do those in drinks).

These foods provide us with protein which is essential for development and growth. Red meats/eggs/ pulses provide us with iron, a key nutrient, particularly in the early years, that once missed cannot be replaced. What does a portion look like? 2 eggs 3 tbsp baked beans, (can also count as 1 of




Yoga with Amie you head and give yourself a stretch.


hen I look back to exam time in school, I wish that I’d had access to Yoga as a tool to help me cope with the stress and anxiety leading up to GCSE’s & A - Levels. First and foremost , just BREATHE! In Yoga, we use breathing techniques to calm & focus our busy minds. We call this ‘’Pranayama’’. Here is a Pranayama exercise that I regularly use when I’m feeling stressed, nervous or overwhelmed. Nadi Shodhana (Alternate nostril breathing) Sit up tall on a chair or on the floor with ether the legs crossed or if you’re on a chair, feet on the floor. Close the eyes & roll the shoulders a couple of times and then take five nice deep breaths in through the nose and out the mouth. Now bring your right hand in front of your face and rest your left hand on your knee. Place your two first fingers of your right hand between your eyebrows. Place the right ring finger next to your left nostril, and your right thumb next to your right nostril. Take a long deep breath in through both nostrils, then close the left nostril & exhale through the right. Inhale through the right nostril, then seal the right and exhale through the left. Repeat this 5 times

On your breath out bend your knees and slow fold over your thighs until your stomach is resting completely on your thighs. Bend your knees and let your head completely go. Take hold of opposite elbows and let your head hang between your arms. We call this pose ‘’Ragdoll’’ for a reason, so make sure your head and neck are nice and relaxed so that you can gentle swing side to side a few times like a floppy rag doll . Take between 5 and 10 deep breaths here, and then to come out, drop those hands to the floor, tuck the chin and slowly roll up the spine. Once you get to the top roll the shoulders a couple of times and you’re ready to take on the world! KEEP ON MOVING! You probably already know this, but exercise is one of the best stress busters out there. Many people think that Yoga is just sitting on our bums and chanting, but there are some forms of Yoga that are different to others. Ashtanga Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga can get the heart rate going and give us a great full body work out. An Ashtanga, vinyasa or power Yoga class can burn between 400 and 500 calories in just 60 minutes! Give these tips a try, I hope you find them helpful. And remember just breathe!

Love & Light-Amie x

TURN THINGS UPSIDE DOWN! I don’t mean stand on your head or swing upside down from a tree, but its been proven that changing the direction of your blood flow can help improve circulation, reduce stress and lift our mood. Try this on your study break - Stand up with your feet about hip width apart. Take a big breath in whilst reaching your hands up over 32

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Cuddle them! You can never cuddle your baby too much. Stay in contact, continue to hold hands, kiss and cuddle - in these early days these actions are as important as words.

game together, give them opportunities to talk.

Turn distractions off so they can focus on you.

Ask questions - but be specific.

Give them your full attention, put your phone down.

Give them respect

When they are at school

Keep up the cuddles and contact.

Make the time to talk - even at bedtime (I know!) that is when they open up the most .

The teenage years

When they are babies

Listen to the little things, to them it’s a big thing and one day it may be a big thing.

Talk to them tell them what you are doing and why.

Turn off the TV, ban phones from the dinner table, play a

Acknowledge the significance of anything they are telling you. To you it may sound silly but to them it could be the biggest thing in the world.

With all the distractions in the world, with everything that is going on how do we interact with our children?


Keep that respect up it’s so important.

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Give them opportunities to talk – don’t put words in their mouths. They also need specific questions especially regarding school. Reiterate their self-worth don’t belittle what they value. Make a time when mobile phones/technology is not welcome, for example no phones at the dinner table. Use your time driving to ask them how they are – if they begin to open up try not to show any shock to things you may not approve of. Take time to ensure your response is measured. They may test your boundaries and reactions. Turn the TV off to make time to talk or watch a programme together that you can talk about.

Don’t forget to keep up the cuddles, sometimes that’s what they need instead of talking.

Beyond the teenage years Make yourself available to them. Keep in contact. Take up every opportunity they use to open up (even if it’s when they are drunk and they probably won’t really remember the next day, they will remember you were there for them). Now they probably engulf you in a cuddle (mine does) but keep that contact up.

Remember: We need 4 hugs a day for survival. 8 hugs a day for maintenance.

12 hugs a day for growth. Virginia Saar We have just taken part in screen free week and this gave us the perfect opportunity to limit the distractions and make time to talk. However, there are times when you can utilise today’s technology, send daily inspirational messages/ quotes to your teenager, use it to remind them you Love them even if they won’t talk to you at that moment, they may not say it back but they will know you love them.


‘what yo u call’

We, ok sorry I decided that our family should take part in Screen Free week, which took place last week (1st7th May). As a rule, in our house we have strict TV and Tablet time, In the mornings the TV only goes on during a Saturday morning for a few cartoons, catch up of grand designs and football focus (other programmes are available!). From Monday to Thursday the TV doesn’t go on in the evenings for the little ones but us older ones have been slipping a bit and have been vegging in front of the TV once the younger ones are in bed, however I have noticed that as we are sitting in front of the TV we all have our phones out playing games or trawling Facebook, not communicating, not connecting just random people sitting in a room together. I became aware of how much time we spend on our mobiles and computers, the boys aren’t allowed their tablets until Friday night and dependant on their behaviour, but my husband and I and elder children are constantly connected to our phones I hadn’t realised how much until now. It takes a week of really trying not 36

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the younger boys shouted, ‘Screen Free Week!’

The first day of Screen free week fell on Bank holiday Monday, you would have thought I had told them their lives were over, ‘but it’s Bank holiday’ you hear them whine (including the hubby!) They were planning to spend the day vegging in front of the TV eating Easter Eggs, (yes, we have loads left, I really am that mean mummy- no TV and hiding Easter eggs!)

This continued most of the rest of the week, we played board games and cards and read books, the family won’t admit it but everything was calmer and more relaxed, the arguments decreased, bedtime was easier and we all really connected.

I held my ground, this is our chance to reconnect I begged, ok they all said we will try. We had a lovely day playing

board games, chatting and laughing, and enjoying the silence, every time my daughter got her phone out

Unfortunately, the whole total no screen thing only lasted until Friday, the family (the hubby) gave up Friday eve and played his game on his phone, at which point I picked up my phone and trawled Facebook. Coincidence I’m not sure but I had an awful night’s sleep that night. Screen free week is now over, I for one really enjoyed it and I hope that the family did too even though they will never admit it. I will keep up my belief that the big depressing black box in the corner is not needed and continue to encourage the board games… we will have family time even if the family don’t want to.

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Educational Life Issue 1 May/June 2017 South East Kent  
Educational Life Issue 1 May/June 2017 South East Kent  

Educational Life is a magazine which spreads good news from schools and communities across East Kent. We also include helpful tips, advice,...