Emma Strong – YouthCARE Chaplain
My role as YouthCARE Chaplain here at Maidens Park PS is to be a support to everyone in the school community: the students, the parents and carers, and the teachers. All conversations with me are entirely confidential, with the only exception being if I feel that someone is in danger of being hurt. Students, carers and teachers can talk to me about anything, from trouble in the playground to moving house to anger management.
I don’t profess to have all the answers, but so often it is through talking to someone that we find the answers ourselves. If you feel like there is something troubling you please feel free to catch me at school and talk it through; together we may come up with some strategies to tackle the issue.
Whilst I am always available to chat to, I also spend lots of time in the classrooms and out in the playground, getting to know the students and teachers. From time to time I run programmes or lunch-time groups at school, from Protective Behaviours, Friendships, to playing recorder and playing chess.
I am at school Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Healthy eating (on a budget)
Good habits are:
- Always eat breakfast (Weetbix or oats are cheap)
- Don’t skip meals
- Eat regularly
- Eat foods low in sugar, fat and salt
- Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables
Things to keep in mind when making a packed lunch are:
- Keep it simple and cheap (1 round of sandwiches, apple and a biscuit)
- Child getting hungry? Take more sandwiches.
- Encourage the child to make his/her own sandwiches – they’re keener
- Less packaging = cheaper.
- Make a batch of something, slice it and freeze it.
- A loaf of bread makes 11 sandwiches.
- Alternatives to sandwiches are: rolls, wraps, salad, sushi, pizza, corn thins, fritters.
Good routines = better sleep patterns = happy & good concentration = better outcomes @ school.
Good routines come with doing our BEST:
- Bed early
- Electronics away
- Switch off TV and computers at tea time
- Tomorrow’s lunch and clothes ready
The objective of good routines is to achieve better sleep patterns and be more efficient with one’s time, which leads to increased concentration and leaves more time for the fun stuff in life. The bonus along the way is less stress for all, less need for parents to nag, fewer arguments in the house, and our children developing responsibility and basic life skills (like washing, making sandwiches, vacuuming, making beds). But hey, just less stress and fewer arguments is enough incentive for me!
As kids grow older we encourage them to look after themselves. But sometimes they still need a helping hand or a reminder. We should continue to remind our children to:
- Shower regularly
- Wash hair
- If long hair, keep hair tied back
- Make sure their clothes are clean
- Wash hands after eating, toileting, playing outside
- Make sure their bed sheets are changed and washed regularly