Making spirits bright


Making spirits bright


How can we keep our children’s spirits up, at a time when Christmas might feel a little different? Elmhurst School for Boys’ Assistant Headteacher and Head of Science, Tom Rhimes, gives his advice.

As we approach Christmas, it’s only natural to reflect on what a strange year this has been, especially for our children. With that in mind, while the children take a well-earned break to recharge their batteries, we would like to share some thoughts with you on how to keep your children feeling positive over the holidays.

  1. Remind children that their achievements are amazing! In what has been an unprecedented year within education, our pupils have had to overcome many barriers to achieve their successes – your parents and teachers know how challenging this has been and we are all so proud of you!
  2. Christmas is a time to celebrate with others! Our children have missed out on a great deal of social interaction this year, and so making time to celebrate with friends and family will certainly raise spirits!
  3. It’s now time to relax! It has been a long and tiring term, but now we’re at the finish line we can put our feet up and relax. We might have missed out on many things this year… but Christmas certainly isn’t cancelled!
  4. Practice gratitude! Things have felt quite uncertain during this year, and during these tough times it can be hard to focus on the positives. Allowing children time to practice gratitude this Christmas will allow them to re-centre themselves and take stock of all the things they are grateful for!
  5. The future looks bright! As we enter 2021, we can now begin to look to the future and hopefully begin to return to life as normal… and not a moment too soon!

We would like to take this moment to wish everyone within the Bellevue community a very happy Christmas. Stay safe, and we look forward to welcoming you back to our schools in January.