Photography: Jeremy Reynolds
We know that COVID-19 lockdowns have been hard on our students, teachers and families. Lakecrest remote learning, while successfully allowing teaching and learning to continue, presents new challenges. There is nothing we’d like more than to return to in-class instruction. Until that is safe again, our House Captains share their tips on how to be mindful of your physical and mental health while remote learning.
Baccalieu House Captain
Hi, Lakecrest family and friends. My name is Beth Parsons and I have been a Lakecrest student since kindergarten. Now I am a grade nine student and getting ready to graduate this year. I am the proud house captain of Baccalieu.
We all know that it can be challenging to be on a lockdown and unable to do some of the things that you love or not being able to see your family and friends in person. One tip that I would suggest to help improve your emotional well-being is to still try to get some much-needed physical activity every day. This could include going for a walk or learning a new skill like how to juggle or being able to do the splits. There are many fun videos on YouTube like workouts, yoga and dance workouts for kids. Families can build forts and obstacle courses or have scavenger hunts around the house, and of course, you can always try to improve your skills used for your regular after-school physical activities.
I hope that these tips can help our Lakecrest students and families to become active, healthy and happy during these times.
Brigus House Captain
Hello parents, students and teachers alike! My name is Haelan Culp and I have had the privilege this year of being captain of the Brigus House.
I have noticed that, as a society, we have put a lot of emphasis on physical health. Although exercise, physical activity and healthy eating are important, having a good mindset is just as important. With this in mind, I would like to discuss mental health. Mental health is the foundation that we build our emotional, psychological and social well-being on and it influences how we cope with stress as well as how we interact with those around us. When we are healthy in our minds, we are better equipped to make sensible choices while maneuvering through the difficulties of life with resilience and discernment.
If you are feeling anxious or would like information on this topic, the Government of NL has a website www.bridgethegapp.ca.
Quirpon House Captain
Hi Lakecrest! I’m Shada Tarhoni, the house captain of Quirpon. I am a grade nine student, and with this year being my last here at Lakecrest, I would like to end on a high note!
Even though we are staying home and trying to work our way through this time around, I believe we can still have a great time in the comfort of our own homes. As you may have heard before, your well-being is super important. The good thing is, with being at home and transferring to remote learning, we have more time to dedicate to ourselves and our family. I am thankful for the opportunity lockdown has given us all to reflect on the things we enjoy or strive to improve.
A suggestion I could give to promote students’ well-being would be to spend more time doing the things you love, with the people you love. For example, if you like playing board games or video games, enjoy playing them with your family! If sports are more your thing, go on a walk or play an outdoor game with your siblings. I personally enjoy cooking and baking, so something I find helps my well-being is making delicious food to help fuel my body throughout the day. Whatever it is that you love to do and makes you happy, I would advise you to put more time into doing these things. Whether that is playing a game or simply watching a movie with your loved ones.
I hope you use this special time to do things for yourself and spend time with the people you love. Stay safe, stay healthy, and make the best of this situation!
Ramea House Captain
Hello, Lakecrest community. My name is Jude Almutawa and I have had the honour of being the house captain for Ramea this year.
As it is my ninth grade here at Lakecrest, I have gone through lots of stress throughout my junior high years from schoolwork and the current lockdown. I would like to share with you a couple of tips for some activities I have found to have a positive effect on my health and well-being, both physically and mentally. Reading has been so helpful for me as it takes the mind away from the stress of the real world and inserts you into an imaginary realm where there is no homework or assignments or even lockdowns. This has always been so beneficial for my mental health and I hope it helps you too. One other way that helps both your physical and mental well-being is taking walks. While this may seem boring, walks are a way to be alone with your thoughts and simply think, or it can be a place to get fresh air and a change of scenery. Either way, I have found that walks are beneficial to clear my mind and get a bit of exercise while I’m walking.
I hope that you have found a tip for your well-being that you will use during this lockdown and stressful times. Remember to continue to stay safe during this lockdown.
Thanks to Beth, Haelan, Shada and Jude for contributing to this and helping to improve health and wellness of our school and our community at large.