And breathe. The school year has finally drawn to a close and it is time for weary students to forget about school (mostly) for the next 6 weeks or so. I’m sure for many students and parents it’s been a long and seemingly endless school year! Now is the time to relax and recharge.
Much has been written about the pressures and stresses of modern student life and it is something that is very real for a large proportion of our children.
It is with this in mind that I encourage my students to engage in opportunities to refresh and recharge during the summer break. Being able to let the mind freewheel is as important as a change of scenery. Trying new things and broadening one’s horizons is all part of the long summer holidays.
Of course, it isn’t just about cramming as many activities in as possible, for that can be as exhausting as term time! It’s just as beneficial to have some time to do nothing and to just be. Music to the ears of many a teen I’m sure!
For students that have taken exams, the countdown is now on ahead of results days. It can be a nail-biting time and it’s important that this does not become the sole focus between now and then.
Personally, I’m an advocate of getting outdoors as much as possible. We’re blessed with a great many outdoor spaces, whether in London or further afield. For those of us based in well-connected cities, day trips to the seaside are so easy to do. We’re also enjoying a real summer at the moment, so get outside and soak up some sunshine, feel the grass under your feet and enjoy the time away from TV, books and the roar of video games.
The knack to all this is not forgetting what’s been learned throughout the year, but that’s for another day.
For now, whether you’re off to even sunnier climes, or enjoying the best of what London and the UK has to offer, I wish you the most splendid of summer breaks.