This Thursday 4 February sees us pilot the first Screen Free Day as part of remote learning in the Senior School.

The purpose of the day is for Senior School pupils to get away from their screens and to follow a programme of activities that are enriching, enjoyable and active.

Pupils have been sent a timetable for the day, which has been broken up into six sessions before and after lunch.

They can then choose from 30 activities organised into six categories, and they need to pick one from each category for the different sessions in the day:

  • Active
  • Learning
  • Giving
  • Well-being
  • Social
  • Creative

Examples of the activities pupils will be taking part in include an outdoor photography scavenger hunt; prepping for a Mastermind subject; practising a performance for our local care home; running a Green Audit of their house; putting together a Happiness Ambition Board; learning “the Art of Filing”; writing a snail-mail letter to a relative; researching their Family Tree, tie dying a piece of clothing or creating a Rube Goldburg Machine!

As part of Screen Free Day, and as part of our Children’s Mental Health Week activities, we’ll also be taking the opportunity to talk. Lots of students and staff have been looking after one another through lockdown; by keeping in touch via messages and online conversations however, on Thursday, teachers, Peer Mentors, the Nurse and others will be available during the day for a telephone* catch up! (*It’s the thing you dial and put to your ear and not in front of your face!) Let your Adviser know if you’d like to find out more!

St Chris is committed to promoting the wellbeing and positive mental health of our pupils. Screen Free Day gives our pupils the opportunity to press pause, for a day, and to take a step back from the pressures of remote learning on digital devices. We hope that everyone embraces the opportunity of a day filled with activity and learning without the use of digital technology to develop and recharge themselves.