Principal’s Blog, 25th May 2018 – The Quest or the Magic Bullet – Part 2 – The Power of Routines

The quest for the magic bullet – Part 2 – The power of routines

Students who make great progress at Hazeley can almost always describe how they have worked to create positive routines and good habits.

I hope the blog this week encourages a few parents/carers to reflect on the following with their children over half term.

  • Which routines/habits do you need to pat yourself on the back for already doing?
  • Are there any that you might develop?
  • Have we missed any off the list? (a mystery prize for the best one emailed to egough@thehazeleyacademy.com by Monday 4th June )

Relaxation

  • Going to bed at a similar time each evening  (preferably before 10pm)
  • Enjoying reading a book for pleasure for 20-30mins before sleeping
  • Turning off social media or computers for one hour prior to bed
  • Enjoying regular involvement in clubs and activities after and outside of school
  • 30mins or more of physical activity each day (from brisk walking to rugby)
  • Booking in regular times to speak with friends and family face to face
  • Eating at regular times each day (ideally with other people away from any distracting technology)

Homework

  • Having defined slots each week where homework/ extra revision are built into the week (on average about 7 hours per week)
  • Completing homework as soon as it is given; not the night before the deadline

Personal Organisation

  • Packing your school bag and sorting your uniform the evening before
  • Setting off to school/ events early so that if you have a delay you have enough time to avoid being late
  • Using Sunday morning to double check that you are planned for the week ahead (this involves checking Go4Schools and in your planner)
  • Reflecting when things go wrong and how to learn from this

Routines are no magic bullet, but they are a great way to help reduce stress and also enjoy greater success at school.

Mr Nelson
Principal

ZTN photo Nelson