The Beacon is recognised for wellbeing focus

30 September 2019

Our Headmaster, William Phelps, whose key school rules are: ‘’Be Kind. Be Kind. Be Kind,’’ spoke in detail about our newly-launched Wellbeing Journals, which have replaced our traditional homework diaries.

The Wellbeing Journal is a diary-style planner in which a structured wellbeing programme is gradually introduced throughout the year and space is provided for weekly activities and reflection based on the school’s core values of Respect, Wellbeing, Achievement, Courage and Integrity.

Each week boys in their tutor groups discuss and take part in activities that reinforce the week’s theme. The recent theme of gratitude prompted the boys to write in their journal three things each day for which they were grateful. Examples ranged from being grateful for having central heating (following a boiler breakdown) to being grateful for the chance to see a beloved grandparent one last time before they passed away.

Other activities in the journal include practising mindfulness and recording the results of the experience, tracking how much time spent in physical activity for a week and comparing it with how much time spent in front of a screen, what it means to adopt a growth mindset and what the benefits are of both positive and negative emotions.

The journal is bookended at the beginning and end with a short wellbeing survey, so the boys can compare their scores at the start and end of the year to see if anything has changed as a result of the wellbeing activities.

“I firmly believe kindness can be taught and that schools need to embody a mindful intention to help children with the up and downs of normal life,” says William Phelps.

Pastoral Care is at the Heart of Everything We do at The Beacon

Our wonderful School Counsellor, Caroline Yolland, has shared her advice on how to prepare your children emotionally for a return to school sites in The Telegraph today. We are delighted to share this incredible support with other families.

To find out more about The Beacon, please view our Virtual Open Morning. There is a welcome address from our Headmaster, Will Phelps, followed by a virtual tour from our Year 8 boys, talks from our teachers and a Q&A session.

You are warmly invited to join our next live Pre-Prep Virtual Open Morning on Saturday 27 June at 10:00 to find out more about Beacon life in Reception to Year 2.

Please click here  to register and for more information on our Virtual Open Morning.