Hello all of you from us at WCU,
Here we are at the holidays, we hope you enjoy our holiday offer and cannot wait to see what you all come up with in response to it.
We are getting ready to publish our first edition of our own WCU Magazine.
So if you have ever thought about writing and getting your name in print, now is the perfect time.
Write your own thoughts, advice or reflections on Wellbeing, Lock-down or Social Action and share with us via your school coordinator.
We will be collecting submissions up until June so we are really looking forward to reading your entries and seeing them in print.
We have recently partnered with Loved Before. They are a great project all about rehoming pre-loved bears and toys. Each toy sent to Loved Before has their own pre-loved story and is given up for adoption so they can be loved again. We think this is a great way of saving our lovely furry pals from going to waste!
We'd like you to draw your best furry pal and tell us their story -A picture or drawing of you and them would be great! We will put all entries on our WCU site and there will be prizes for the winners.
You can also collect and donate your own bears for rehousing via your school coordinator so let us know if you are interested in this also.
TFL Craft Club
How about some art and local walk during the holidays? TFL have a whole range of walks and activities for you to do. TFL have teamed up with their friends at the conservation organisation, Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), and walking app Go (Jauntlyhttps://www.gojauntly.com/walks-near-me), to bring you their TfL Craft Club nature special. There is also their “Explore London blog” for the full pack and highlights including walking tips and challenges, word search fun, how to build a bird feeder, a bug hotel and a guided mindful walk too. You can access the holiday pack at https://www.westminsterchildrensuniversity.co.uk/tfl/.
Canal Cavalcade Digital Art Project
Are you a budding artist?
Our friends at the Canal and Waterways Association are looking for submissions of artwork to digitally share during the May Cavalcade.
Your work can be in any medium or even digitally produced.
The theme for submission is -Our wonderful waterways-London's Canals.
Future Solutions Design Project
Have you got a great idea for improving technology in the future? If so this competition is for you! We are looking for students who can design and explain their ideas for the future using technology to improve our world. There will prizes of Renault Formula One Caps and bags for students in each participating school.
For inspiration there are entries already online at https://www.westminsterchildrensuniversity.co.uk/future-solutions/.
Get Exploring Online
There is a full range of information available from us online You will see in our tabs there is access to: news, dates, updates about us, partner school profiles, partner details and in the for Parents and Children Tab everything you will need to take part in a wide range of online projects.
You can find us at https://www.westminsterchildrensuniversity.co.uk
There is a wealth of information and activity to access and take part in.
All of it is completely free of charge and without the need to register, login in or commit.
If you were a Unicorn…
We love creativity and fantasy creatures at WCU, thanks to our partners we have some great unicorn themed prizes to give away.
Simply draw yourself as a unicorn on A4 paper or card and submit to your WCU coordinator. What about the design makes your Unicorn unique and all about you?
We will select an overall winner to receive our Unicorn themed goody bundle. We will announce winners in June. You can see entries for inspiration at https://www.westminsterchildrensuniversity.co.uk/art-fun/
Big Life Journal offers science-based journals for kids to help them grow their confidence and resilience. They've created growth mind-set journals and bundles for different ages, from young children to teens. Big Life journals feature engaging activities, inspiring stories, and colourful illustrations meant to wire kids' brains for resilience, gratitude, and self-love.
Go over to https://www.westminsterchildrensuniversity.co.uk/big-life-journal/ to get started.
Take action and carry out a random act of kindness for someone else. Research shows that helping others can be beneficial to our own mental health. It can reduce stress, improve our emotional wellbeing and even benefit our physical health .You can share back what you’ve done through your coordinator and we will share it in our next newsletter. There are resources and ideas available with us at https://www.westminsterchildrensuniversity.co.uk/rak/
Good for the body. Kindness has been shown to increase self-esteem, empathy and compassion, and improve mood. ... Kindness can increase your sense of connectivity with others, which can directly impact loneliness, improve low mood and enhance relationships in general. It also can be contagious.
A Quick Update
We have scheduled weekly check-in sessions for any needs or admin as they arise and monthly leads' meetings, to plan directly with us what you would like to see and do with us at WCU. These zoom meets will commence in May and we are looking forward to negotiating the best time for you to access this additional support.
We will coordinate access to well-being and support structures initiated by ourselves and partners.
We have additional resources available to educators and opportunities for individual schools to access online streaming.
We hope you find these resources of interest and have many more waiting for you!
We are currently sourcing activities and resources to make your graduations a real celebration of your achievements this year. We will deliver these in person, on the day of your choosing.
Additionally, we have coordinated a choice between onsite and alternative venue options, ensuring we can deliver consistently and safely regardless of each schools' needs and preferences.
There will be Boxing and CBT sessions for schools with 1-2 classes graduating. Circus Skill days for larger Cohorts. Attendance at our fun day for our most local partners will be available too.