Issue 917: 29th January 2021

The Importance of Keeping Active During Lockdown

The link between exercise and improved mental wellbeing has long been acknowledged, but the period of lockdown makes it difficult to be active – there isn’t even the opportunity to walk to and from school or from one lesson to the next. There are things that can be done:

Your PE lessons offer workouts on a weekly basis that you can take part in.

  • PE with Joe Wicks takes place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday – see link below.

  • Dame Kelly Holmes has a range of workouts – see link below.

  • Download the Couch to 5k podcast – further details – see link below.

  • Courtney Black (and others) do a range of workouts – see link below.

Go for a walk round the block with a family member for company. It’s just great to get outside, even when it’s raining.


Consultation with Ofqual and DfE

Thank you to everyone who took the time to take part in the consultation with Ofqual and DfE regarding this summer’s examinations. It is vital that the Government hears from as many stakeholders as possible. As soon as we receive feedback from the consultation process we will, of course, share it with you.

In memory of Mrs Nikki Hussey

It was with great sadness that I had to share the tragic news last week that one of our parents (and an ex-member of staff) had passed away from COVID-19. Nikki was an active member of our school community and will be sorely missed. We have sent our condolences to her family. To celebrate her memory a JustGiving page has been set up to raise money for the Intensive Care Unit at Southend Hospital. If you would like to support this worthy cause, and make a donation, please click on the link below:

Sharing Positive Stories

During this difficult period of lockdown we would love to hear from you and your children with any “good news” stories you have to share. Something positive that they may have done or achieved during lockdown. This could include any lockdown activities, arts and crafts or even a successful home bake! We know that our pupils are incredibly creative and so it would be great to share some of their achievements. If you do have any such stories, please email them to us at If you can include a photo, we will endeavour to share as many as possible in future editions of the Sweyne Park Times. Thank you.

Book of the Week

by Morris Gleitzman

Felix likes to make up and tell stories in the Catholic orphanage where his Jewish parents have placed him. But when the Nazis start to burn books, he’s worried for his parents who are booksellers, so he decides to run away and find them.

Felix begins his long journey, meeting unlikely companions along the way and trying to make up his stories to explain the horrors they encounter.

This is the most beautiful, poignant book that might well have you shed a tear in both laughter and sadness.

The 3oth of January is National Croissant Day!

Why not try a Croissant Recipe …

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