Activities to do at home by our School Support Officer Mrs Delaney
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- Tokyo Olympics: Started on the 23rd of July, concludes 8th of August. Tokyo Olympics Tokyo Paralympics starts August 24th and concludes 5th
- Read a book: Rediscover reading, checkout the 2021 Children’s Book Council of Australia 2021 Shortlist or Recommended Australian young adult fiction.
- ABC Education: The ABC has thousands of FREE curriculum-linked resources for students – ABC Education
- Watch TedED: From the makers of TED talks TedED offers a variety of educational talks of many amazing topics. You’ll be sure to find something that interest you!
- Arts & Culture: Explore Artworks, cities, landmarks and much more…. Including interactive experiences Google Arts & Culture
- Check out the Natural Museum’s fossil exhibition
- Build a website: Code Academy offers FREE coding classes online.
- Try some art lessons: you don’t have to be good at art, just have some fun. It’s also a great way to relax. Try drawing, painting, Sculpture and many more
- Walk photo bingo: Go for a walk with a family member or friend or spend some time on your own (remember to always follow the NSW guidelines for up-to-date restrictions) take a list of things to capture in a creative photo such as something starting with every letter A-Z, colours of the rainbow, different types of trees or flowers, etc, shapes, lines, and angles… be creative. Consider scrap booking your photos.
- Learn a language for FREE from home: Learn a few words like hello and goodbye or try a new language on Duolingo
- How many words can you type in a minute? Have fun, Learn to type and beat your score.
- Check out this website and learn how to create your own Anime characters and stories.
- Write a letter to family or friends. We don’t see handwritten or even typed letters much these days, but what a great way to surprise a family member, grandparent, or friend. Imagine the smile when they receive a letter in the mailbox from you 😊.
- Play a board game: Good old Snakes and Ladders, Chess, Connect 4 to name a few.
- Get Physical: Since we can’t get out and do our usual sport and activities why not do a workout at home. Ask someone in your household to join in or invite a friend through zoom. There are many FREE apps to choose from. Exercise Apps
- Cook a meal for you and your family: – Find a recipe, write a shopping list and have an adult in your home buy the ingredients and next time they are at the shops.
- Make a time capsule: It’s a unique time, having something to look back on in many years to come could be fascinating how to make a covid time capsule
- Some ideas could be newspapers, mask, a letter including how you feel about covid and the impact it is having on you, your family our country.
- Make your own Kahoot! – play it with family and friends.
- Have a go at Scrapbooking So much fun! Put your photos and memories together, include little stories so you’ll always remember those special moments. Put into a book or maybe a nice frame for your desk or wall.
- Write a story or a novel. Did you know… apparently Shakespeare wrote King Lear in isolation during the plague, so who knows what can come out of lock down. If you’re not sure where to start try this FREE Online Fiction Writing Course, to get you started.
- Create a pandemic journal: Now we all want to forget about COVID 19 however when this is all over, it will be fascinating to look back at how we managed, the things we did, how we changed the way we do things. You could add photos of zooms, your home classroom, at home teachers (parents 😊) and activities that you have done during the last 18 months. This could also help with releasing some of those feelings you have about this time: Your HISTORY.
Online Programs and Apps
- Brave Program: https://brave4you.psy.uq.edu.au/teen-program The BRAVE program is a free program developed by Beyond Blue that provides teenagers and their parents with information and skills to help cope with worries and anxiety. Simply register to access the program. You can also go to Beyond Blue online forums for young people where you can discuss and share advice on coping with difficult times.
- Moodgym: Moodgym: https://moodgym.com.au/is an online self-help program designed to help users prevent and manage symptoms of depression and anxiety. It is an interactive, online self-help book.
- Exercise Your Mood: https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/get-involved/exercise-your-mood. Focusses on the benefits of exercise on our mental health and our ability to cope during challenging times. This link provides videos on meditation, incidental exercise, weights at home and more.
- Get Active at Home – https://www.sport.nsw.gov.au/sector-covid-19-resources-library/get-active-at-home#activities-resources NSW office of Sport have compiled resources to help you find suitable ways to keep active safely in and around your home during the Covid outbreak. This includes information for emerging athletes and high performance as well as general fitness and health.
- Emerging Athletes – https://youtu.be/6oDMjwj1cwE
Additional Helplines and Websites
1800RESPECT – Confidential information, counselling, and support service open 24 hours to support people impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence and abuse.Black Dog Institute – Information on symptoms, treatment and prevention of depression and bipolar disorder.Beyond Blue – Aims to increase awareness of depression and anxiety and reduce stigma. Call 1300 22 4636, 24 hours/7 days a week, chat online or email.Carers Australia – 1800 242 636 – Short-term counselling and emotional and psychological support services for carers and their families in each state and territoryEmbrace Multicultural Mental Health – A national platform for multicultural communities and Australian mental health services to access resources, services, and information in a culturally accessible format.Relationships Australia – 1300 364 277 – A provider of relationship support services for individuals, families, and communities.eheadspace – Provides free online and telephone support and counselling to young people 12 – 25 and their families and friends. Call 1800 650 890, 9am – 1am AEST / 7 days a week, chat online or email.
Remember: Stay connected PORT. Look after yourself and each other.
If you, or someone you know is in crisis and needs help now, call triple zero (000). You can also call Lifeline on 13 11 14 – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.