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Well-Being April 2023

Wellbeing Newsletter


My name is Myriam and I have the honour to be the Head Prefect of La Garenne International School. I am 17 years old and I am currently studying for the IB diploma. I have been at La Garenne for 2 years and it has been greatly valuable for me. I am very pleased to receive a lot of support from the staff and teachers on a daily basis. Besides that, I love spending time with my friends, going out for activities or doing sports. However, I have to admit that it can be quite challenging to manage my studies and my hobbies. That is why I am doing plenty of things to take care of my mental health in order to manage all of it at the same time. For instance, I like to go out for a walk to get some fresh air, going to the gym, going out to a restaurant, planning my days, tidying my room, reading books and also, taking naps. I believe that our mental health should be our priority and we must take care of it.


Just Breathe
"You are strong enough to handle your challenges,
Wise enough to find a solution to your problems, and
Capable enough to do what needs to be done.”
Lori Deschene

For the first time in the history of La Garenne International School, the first cohort of DP2 students is embarking on their IB exams. This is a very exciting but also challenging time for everyone. It is normal to feel overwhelmed when preparing for and writing an exam, but looking after our mental health and our wellbeing during revision and exam time is very important. Here are a few tips that were shared with our DP2 students to help them navigate the upcoming stress:
Step2: High levels of stress tells you that you need to take a break from the stressful sitaution. Here's what you can do:

    Laugh with friends
  • Eat healthy snacks
  • Learn to say no
  • Listen to music
  • Tidy your study space
  • Stretch your body
  • Drink water
  • Take deep breaths
  • Sleep more
  • Go for a walk
  • Reduce screen time
  • Do something creative
  • Read a book
  • Write a diary
Step 3: Talk to someone for additional support: your boarding houseparents, your health and counselling team, your teachers and school mentors. The whole school would like to wish our DP2 students all the best in their upcoming exams.


It is well known that bringing pets to the classroom has a positive effect on the education of our students: not only do they provide an alternative way for children to learn, but it is also linked to supporting emotional wellbeing. For children who do not have a pet at home, they have the opportunity to see, feel and touch an animal, enriching their curiosity and creativity. The primary section was extremely lucky last week to welcome Sausage the rabbit into their Art class.


Since 1970, Earth day has been celebrated annually on 22nd April to raise awareness and to show support for protecting the environment. The first Earth Day started with Senator Gaylord Nelson, an American politician and environmentalist who wanted to raise awareness about environmental issues.
The theme for this year’s Earth Day was Invest in our Planet. This reminds us of our responsibility to give our time, energy and resources to help solve different environmental issues. How can we as individuals help to invest in the future of our planet?

  • Reduce plastic consumption
  • Join an organisation to plant trees to offset our carbon footprint
  • Commit to sustainable fashion
  • Use public transport as much as possible
  • Turn off the lights when you leave the classroom

La Garenne also plays a role in protecting the environment with our sustainability initiatives. This school year, La Garenne has invested in green energy by installing our own solar energy plant outside Beau Site, as well as investing in two electric minibuses to reduce our carbon footprint and contribute to cleaner air in the community. Every small action can have a big impact when it comes to protecting our planet.


The theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is Anxiety, which is one of the most common mental health problems affecting people today. Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry and fear that can affect a person in a variety of ways.
Anxiety is a normal reaction that can, in some situations, be beneficial to us in that it can make us more aware and alert. A healthy level of worry or stress can help us in preparing for an exam or an important presentation. However, when this worry becomes too big and takes over our thoughts and feelings, it ceases to be helpful and turns into a disadvantage.

What can we do to cope with feelings of anxiety?

  • Focus on your breathing - use a breathing technique that works for you, for example the 4-7-8 system
  • Keep a diary of your emotions - this can help you see what triggers your anxiety
  • Take time outside in nature - it can help us feel calmer and less stressed
  • Exercise on a regular basis during the week. This does not have to be too strenuous. A walk outside with friends can do wonders to our wellbeing

During Wellbeing Week, the students will take part in numerous activities linked to looking after their wellbeing and in particular reducing stress and anxiety levels on a day to day basis. Some of the lunchtime activities that will be run by staff and prefects will be:

  • Making your own calm jars
  • Make your own stress balls
  • Fun and creative workshop linked to anxiety
  • Board games and bingo
  • Mandala colouring session


star I am amazing
star I have the power to do anything I put my mind to
star I choose to be positive
star I will not give up
star I will let go of the negative energy surrounding me


Yoga office / screen break
Yoga to release tension
Tai-Chi / Qigong
Fitness with Madfit
Tabata workout
African dance lesson
You are not your thoughts
Mindfulness revision

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Wellbeing Websites and Links

Useful Wellbeing Websites

As usual we bring you a variety of web links that you and your parents can have a look at. Remember, if you find a site that you would like to share with others, please let the Wellbeing Team know.

Secondary School Students

Primary School Students

Links for parents

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Smart Screen Use - A Parent's Guide

Keeping an Eye on Your Screentime

The Smart Social website gives excellent advice to parents and carers on the different apps available for young people and which ones are most suitable for our young people. They are divided into the following categories:

What are healthy ways to allow my child safe screen time?

Giving your child some screen time is not always unhealthy, especially if it is done with guidance from a parent or guardian. Here are some tips for parents to keep in mind:

  • Watch alongside your child (especially if they are primary age) and talk to them about what they are viewing.
  • Select high quality, educational and interactive content.
  • Ensure that what they are watching is age appropriate.
  • Set limits for phone or screen use, such as no screens during meal times.
  • Teach them internet safety from an early age.
  • Be a positive screen time role model to your children.

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Useful Wellbeing Apps

Wellbeing apps for Children and Adults

We have compiled a selection of digital apps which can be used with children aged from seven, up to 18 years olds and adults to support wellbeing.

Mindshift: An app for teens and young adults to help them cope with anxiety

Headspace: Guided meditation for all ages

Smiling Minds: Different programmes for a variety of ages between 7 and 18, including adults. Meditation to support the pressure, stress and challenges in daily life.

Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame: This is a free app for younger children to learn to deal with frustrating situations

Calm: A meditating app for beginners

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How can I support my child's wellbeing?

Supporting our Children

As parents we might not always feel equipped to support the wellbeing of our children. This is far from the truth. There are many different activities that you can do with your child to bond as a family and to boost their mental wellbeing. Connecting with your child in a fun and engaging way will not only strengthen your relationship but will also give them the confidence to discuss their thoughts and emotions openly.

Play together. Playing with younger children helps develop their curiosity. They will learn how to solve problems and how to express their feelings non verbally. Next time you are together, find opportunities for new creative outlets. You could get creative together through cooking, art, dance or any activity that you and your child enjoy.

Find time to talk when you are doing an activity together. This will enable your child to talk more freely about their feelings without any barriers or judgement.

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