...to cooking bugs..!
The phrase ‘Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful' remains at the heart of our initiative, the aim of which is to highlight the School's continued work in developing self-reliance in all Latymerians.
As BOUNCE organiser Amy Sellars Assist. Head, Lower School explains: "Pastoral care has always been taken very seriously at Latymer Upper School. BOUNCE week gives us the chance to share thoughts and advice on developing personal resilience. It's clear that adopting strategies which relieve stress and support one's own emotional well-being and mental health is a vital part of life in the twenty-first century. We aim to arm our pupils with practical coping mechanisms that will stay with them during their school years and beyond."
Monday morning started with busking in the main corridor..
High Five Netball Challenge The final day of Bounce Week got off to an energetic start with the Upper Sixth Netball Challenge as the girls put the boys through their paces.
Putting a spring into our step
First break - and in contrast to the cold and grey November day - Spring arrived in the dining hall as year 7, 8 and 9 artists turned their talents to uplifting our spirits with some amazing art..
The big finale of Bounce week was.. a silent disco!
In the meantime in the drama department students in 9R were creating some wonderful Abstract Theatre exploring the themes of Brain and exercise.
....some enjoyed a nutritious breakfast at School
...others exercised during a lively salsa lesson..
....or some preferred to unwind in a less energetic yoga session
... or connected by sharing their musical talents, busking for fellow pupils
.... many worked on letters and cards for our partners at the the M-Lisada orphanage in Uganda, with the aim that every child would receive a Christmas letter next month.
The day started at Latymer Upper with a focus on the 'E' (for exercise) in BOUNCE!
Today is Cycle/walk to School Day and many pupils and staff braved the blustery weather and took to peddle power to travel to and from the School.
Exercise of a muddier kind was enjoyed on the rugby pitch, with the 1st XV connecting as a team to support one another through a tough match.
Later in the afternoon some of our pupils watched Brett: Life with No Arms, the moving documentary on the extraordinary life of Brett Nielson - a musician, record producer and single dad. Brett was born without arms, due to the terrible effects of the Thalidomide drug that was given to some pregnant women in the late 1950s and early '60s.
As Brett says in the film ; "It doesn't matter what happens in your life, it matters how you deal with it." This inspiring quote sums up the very spirit of Bounce Week perfectly.
The documentary, shown on BBC One last month, is a follow-up by BAFTA winning producer Roger Graef, who first filmed Brett as a young child. Pupils were thrilled to learn that Roger had come to Latymer to introduce the film and take a Q&A session on the themes of his documentary.
Pupils and staff are immersing themselves with great enthusiasm in all Bounce Week activities! Here is a sample of events to be found on today's Bounce menu.
...pupils enjoying a literary treasure hunt
...busking in the main corridor
...making smoothies with the help of pedal power!
... debating on how 'bounce' strands are used in every-day life
....appreciating one another through flower power
... staff unwinding, whilst using their combined brainpower to crack the daily crossword!
A note of support from author and former Master of Wellington College, Sir Anthony Seldon
Bounce Week got off to a great start today with pupils enjoying activities designed to encourage self-reliance and resilience.
‘Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful.’These wise and wonderful words are at the very heart of Latymer’s BOUNCE Week which begins Monday 16 Nov.
The aim of the week is to highlight the School’s continued work in developing self-reliance and resilience in all Latymerians. Throughout the week the School will be abuzz with activities and inspiring ideas to help pupils cope with life’s more challenging times.
BOUNCE organisers Amy Sellars Assist. Head, Lower School and Sally Markowska, Head of Upper Sixth explain:
“Pastoral care has always been taken very seriously at Latymer Upper School and BOUNCE Week gives us the chance to share thoughts and advice on developing personal resilience. It is clear that adopting strategies which relieve stress and support one’s own emotional well-being and mental health is a vital part of life in the twenty-first century. We aim to arm our students with practical coping mechanisms that will stay with them during their school years and beyond.”
Follow BOUNCE Week at #LUSbounce