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The Healthy Lives Team Staff update contains helpful information and activities for all school teaching staff


This is the SCHOOL STAFF newsletter from The Healthy Lives Team. Each Wednesday we share school relevant information, lesson plans and resources, which can be used to support the teaching of health and wellbeing. This goes out to school contacts only.

The HEALTHY LIVES TEAM supports schools, pupils and families with everything to do with health and wellbeing. We want to help you live fitter, healthier and happier lives.

We have a Healthy Lives Team webpage where you can find out more about the team and access Healthy Schools resources and all our archived newsletters. 

If you would like further support or details, please contact Kate Smith, Head of Healthy Lives, at kate.smith@towerhamlets.gov.uk.


Webinar for Parents in Bengali on Covid Vaccine 12-15 Year Olds

Tower Hamlets council are continuing to run webinars on Covid-19 vaccination for parents of children aged 12 to 15. This is an opportunity for the parents in your school community to voice their concerns and have all of their questions answered.  An online webinar will take place on November 4th at 10.15am on Covid vaccination for 12-15 year olds in Bengali. Please share the details below with your parents and families.

Topic: Online Webinar on Covid-19 Vaccination for 12-15 year olds

Date: 4th November 2021

Time: 10:15 - 11:15 AM

Meeting ID: 998 5687 6152

Passcode: parents

 Join zoom meeting here >


Design a Christmas card and help bring festive cheer to the town hall

Christmas is coming and John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets is once again on the lookout for bright and colourful new designs for his Christmas cards.

Children who live or go to school in Tower Hamlets are being encouraged to think about what would make an ideal festive season scene in the borough, get creative and enter Tower Hamlets Council’s Christmas card competition.

Three winning designs will feature on festive cards sent out by Mayor Biggs, Will Tuckley, Chief Executive and James Thomas, Corporate Director of Children’s Services.

The lucky winners will also be invited to the town hall along with their parents or guardians, so Mayor Biggs can thank them in person and present them with a gift token.

Entrants must be aged five to 11 and either live or go to school in the borough.

Entries must:

  • be A5 in size, either landscape or portrait
  • be original, creative and colourful
  • include the child's name, age, contact phone number, school and address.

Designs should be submitted by email by 4pm on Monday 8 November 2021.

Send as an attachment with the subject line 'Mayor's Christmas card competition 2021' to communications@towerhamlets.gov.uk

self defence

Girls Self-Defence Class 

The London Borough Tower Hamlets Sports and Development Team have organised a Girls Self-Defence Class for girls aged 14+ as part of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. The class will be delivered online and the instructor will show girls and young women self-defence techniques and inform attendees of other safety mechanisms such as alarmed key rings. The class will be delivered on Saturday 4th December from 11:00am – 12:00pm. All participants should wear comfortable clothing. 

 Sign-up by here >


Exploring Anxiety in children and young people 

Research show that the pandemic has had a negative effect on the level of anxiety young people are experiencing at the moment. Partnerships for Young London is continuing their Mental Health series with a session on Exploring Anxiety on Tuesday 9th November. This session will examine the signs and symptoms of anxiety in children and some of the practical steps that can be taken to promote confidence and security.

Book here >


Beyond a Trauma Informed Approach Series

Partnership for Young London is working in collaboration with Nicola Lester Psychological Trauma Consultancy to deliver a series of webinars on trauma awareness, trauma informed practice, developing therapeutic skills for practice and developing trauma informed organisations. Each session is 1.5 hours and will be delivered online, presentation time is approximately 1-hour with time for discussion and questions in the remaining 30 minutes.  For those participants wishing to attend more than one workshop, it is recommended that participants attend the workshops in order to build on and consolidate their knowledge. 

  • Tuesday 16 November - Beyond a Trauma Informed Approach Series - Moving Beyond A Trauma Informed Approach
  • Tuesday 7 December - Beyond a Trauma Informed Approach Series - Exploring Practised Based Strategies - Trauma Informed Approach / HCE
  • Tuesday 11 January - Beyond a Trauma Informed Approach Series - Trauma/ Intersectionality
  • Tuesday 25 January - Reflecting and centering our lived experience as workers and how this influences the work we do with young people

Book here >


And remember...


"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."


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The Healthy Lives Team

The Healthy Lives Team want to support you with all aspects of health and wellbeing. We send regular newsletters that are relevant whether you are at school, work, or at home.

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We are incredibly proud in Tower Hamlets to have supported schools to gain more Healthy Schools awards than any other borough in London. So please use this newsletter in whatever way suits you best to stay as fit and healthy as possible and please share this newsletter using your social media or website using the following share button, or you can click the hyperlink in the top right corner of this email:

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Take care,

The Healthy Lives team at London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

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