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New Year Wellbeing

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Our School Chaplain, Father Mark, welcomes the new year and encourages us to care for ourselves as well as one another:

A very happy new year to you!

Today is Epiphany – or ‘three kings day’ or ‘little Christmas’. Or you may know it as Twelfth night, which is when we pack away our Christmas decorations until next year. A new year has begun and we all have many plans and expectations for the months that lie ahead.

Here is a helpful poem by Howard Thurman:

Now the work of Christmas begins

When the song of the angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone,

When the kings and princes are home, when the shepherds are back with their flocks,

The work of Christmas begins:

To find the lost,

To heal the broken,

To feed the hungry,

To release the prisoner,

To rebuild the nations,

To bring peace among the people,

To make music in the heart.

At King’s Schools we are always going above and beyond the limits of our job descriptions, sometimes this is done a great cost. We could easily attach the names of pupils we care for to the lines of the poem but perhaps making music in the heart is the hardest to cultivate. Yet we know that it is there even when things are difficult.

So, let us enter the new year holding firm to the values and foundation of our schools. Let’s appreciate one another, especially when we are weak or vulnerable. Let’s commit to supporting and encouraging each other as we make “music in the heart”.

Look after your wellbeing this year!

We are much harder on ourselves than we would ever be on others. Try to be self-compassionate by setting realistic goals and expectations. Give yourself time to step off the endless wheel and ask a kind friend to keep an eye on you and remind you when you forget.

God bless you

Mark


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