Welcome to Sunshine Day News Issue 1 – Showing Strength and Resilience

The CPA Wellbeing Champions are excited to share this is a wellbeing newsletter for students by students.

The newsletter includes tips and advice about wellbeing as well as activities, songs, stories and lots more.

We would like to hear from other students about what you do to help with your wellbeing. Please email them to Claire Hennings to share with our Wellbeing Champions on email: chennings@charltonparkacademy.co.uk

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The Student Wellbeing Champions decided we wanted our own logo for Sunshine Day News. We thought that it would be good to have a competition and invited everyone at Charlton Park Academy to design a logo for the newsletter. The winning design was designed by our very own Wellbeing Champion Regan! We all loved the colours and the shapes that Regan has used. Pese presented Regan with a certificate and a prize!

Student Wellbeing Champions Team

The Student Wellbeing Champions are a group of students who have volunteered to be part of this important team. We meet every Wednesday to talk about how we can support other students with wellbeing.

The Student Wellbeing Champions all agree that they would like to help everyone to remember to be kind, help and respect each other and to always be yourself.

The Student Wellbeing Champions all agree that they would like to help everyone to remember to be kind, help and respect each other and to always be yourself.

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About our Wellbeing Champions

  • Kristian likes to help people and being a Student Wellbeing Champion and a Student Leader in school.
  • Temi likes Nando’s.
  • Felicity likes a roast dinner.
  • Pese likes helping people, sports, maths, school, singing, dancing, and acting.
  • Regan likes music, art and film.
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The Wellbeing Champions Team – Felicity, Kristian, Temi, Pese and Regan (not pictured).

If you have a question to get to know CPA’s Student Wellbeing Champions better or you would like to tell us a bit about you and what you like to do for your wellbeing, please email Claire Hennings on email: chennings@charltonparkacademy.co.uk

What is Wellbeing?

Wellbeing is how we are doing and how we feel everyday about our lives. We can look after our wellbeing by looking after our physical, emotional, mental, and social health.

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The Student Wellbeing Champions all agree that they would like to help everyone to remember to be kind, help and respect each other and to always be yourself.

We can do this by doing the following things:

Eat health food, Get a good night's sleep, Take regular exercise, Take time to be calm, Be yourself, Spend time with your friends and family, Be Kind, Ask for Help if you need it, Learn something new

Showing Strength and Resilience

In our first issue of Sunshine Day News, we are looking at resilience.

Being resilient is when, you keep trying, no matter how hard something might be.

It is hard to stay happy and positive if you are finding it difficult to do something. We can’t all be good at everything all the time, and sometimes new skills take time and practice to complete.

Remember that it is OK to stop if you can’t do something and ask for help. Take some time and try again. The important thing is that you are trying and doing your best. You can only do your best, but your best can get better!

Being resilient, and achieving our best makes us feel confident and boosts our self-esteem and makes us feel good about ourselves.

When things, don’t go the way that we hope it will, it is ok to feel disappointed. It is normal to feel frustrated, but it is important that you try and communicate your feelings. Letting someone know how you are feeling is a good thing, they can support you to feel calm.

Example of resilience

Having an operation

Anika had to show strength and resilience when she had an operation at the end of last year. Anika was given a certificate from school to recognise how well she had done.

Helping my family

I had to be resilient when my mum was in  hospital. I helped to look after my brother and sisters with my auntie. I spent time on my phone when they had free time, which made me feel happy.

Do you have an example of resilience you would like to share? Then please email Claire Hennings on email: chennings@charltonparkacademy.co.uk

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Certificate for showing courage and strength

This certificate Anika was awarded for her courage and strength when having an operation.


Pese interviewed Kristian about how he felt before he started his work experience in school and how he felt after. Kristian stayed resilient which has helped his self-esteem and confidence.

> Watch the video

> Listen to the interview with Pese and Kristian

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Singing and Dancing for Wellbeing

Take some time to sing and dance to a song. Listen to a story. Meditate or watch a YouTube Video. These are some of our suggestions for ways to feel happy or calm.

If you have any suggestions of songs, stories or videos to help with our wellbeing, please let us know and we can share them in our newsletter in future issues!

For now let’s all sing along to Firework by Katy Perry!

Sing along!


Meet Kevin. Kevin is a koala who likes to keep things the same, exactly the same. But when a sudden change happens, he is brave and discovers life can be new and wonderful when you try something new.

Watch and read Kevin the Koala

Building Your Character: Resilience

Being resilient means you keep on trying, no matter how hard something might seem. Find out about the different parts of your character that can help you become more resilient and enjoy success in the end!

Watch the video about Resilience

Watch and read Kevin the Koala

Harry Kane and his story of resilience

This is the story of Harry Kane’s football career and how he has had to be resilient and keep doing his best to succeed with help of the people around him.

Listen to Harry Kane’s story

Let’s chat!

Take some time to sit with a member of your family or a friend and think about some of the questions below.

  • Describe a time when you did something that you didn’t think you’d be able to do?
  • Who are some people you are thankful for and why?
  • What is your idea of a perfect day?
  • What is something that sometimes makes you feel upset?
Describe what who



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Resilience Alphabet Building Resource

You can download this Resilience Alphabet to help building inner strength and wellbeing. Discover the A to Z activities to help build your resilience.

E is for Exercise
Resilience Alphabet by Martha Simpson

Resilience Alphabet Building Resource © 2020 Martha Simpson and Philip Wong in Collaboration with Aberdeen City Council Education Team and Education Scotland

> Download the A to Z activities

Read a poem


Once there was an elephant.
Who tried to use the telephant.
No! No! I mean elephone
Who tried to use the telephone.

(Dear me! I am not quite certain quite
That even now I’ve got it right.)
However it was, he got his trunk
Entangled in the telephunk.

The more he tried to get it free,
The louder buzzed the telephee.
(I fear I’d better drop the song
Of elehop and telephong!)

By Laura Richards (1930)

Elephant with his trunk caught in an old fashioned style telephone cord.

Important dates

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place this year from Monday 13th May until Sunday 19th May.

The theme is “Movement: Moving more for our mental health”. Being active is important for our mental health but sometimes it is hard to get enough exercise. This week is about helping everyone to find moments for movement in their daily routines. For example going for a walk in the park, putting on your favourite music and dancing around the living room, chair exercises when you’re watching television – it all counts!

Mental Health Awareness Week 13th to 19th May

And finally remember that it’s ok to be yourself!

It is OK to be yourself