Healthy Lives Families Update - Friday 9th October

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Welcome to the new FAMILIES newsletter from The Healthy Lives Team!

Each Friday we will be sharing relevant information, activities and resources to support your ongoing health and wellbeing. This will go out to all contacts.

The Healthy Lives Team supports schools, pupils and families with everything to do with health and wellbeing. We want to help you to live fitter, healthier and happier lives.

We now 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. 

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.

If you're in a school, 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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Just to let you know, you're receiving this because you have either opted in to get emails from the council relating to children and education, or you are one of the Healthy Lives team's regular contacts, or you may also have been forwarded this email from your school.

If you know anyone who would like to sign up to this newsletter, please send them the following link. They will need to close the initial pop-up subscription box and complete the one on the main webpage.  They will then need to choose Children and Education as their preferred topic:

Take care,

The Healthy Lives team at London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Here's a selection of fun activities and helpful information for you and your family...


Live question and answer session on schools and Covid-19 in Tower Hamlets

Join us online on Tuesday 13 October between 7pm – 8.30pm to learn about how schools in Tower Hamlets are handling Covid-19 and what you need to know to protect yourself, your family and the community.

You’ll hear from our James Thomas, Corporate Director, Children and Culture; Dr Katie Cole, Associate Director, Public Health for Children and Families; and, Cllr Danny Hassell, Cabinet Member for Children and Schools.

They will discuss what new measures and guidance are in place across our education settings before responding to your questions.

Register here >


Create your own story

The British Library has teamed up with Zanib Mian, author of the Planet Omar series to help children or young adults to create an illustrated story. The guide will support you in coming up with ideas, making a plan, illustrating and finalising your story. All you will need are pens, pencils, paper and your imagination!

Create your own story here >


Free flu vaccinations for all primary school and Year 7 pupils

All primary school and Year 7 pupils are eligible for a free flu nasal spray offered at your child’s school via Vaccination UK. Flu and Covid-19 are both in circulation this season which means that is more important than ever this year to help protect against flu.  Children can pass flu on to others in their immediate family and wider community, many of whom may be at higher risk from the complications of flu. The flu vaccination won’t protect against COVID-19 but it is critical to protecting the general health of the population, particularly those at high risk from Covid-19.

All children whose parents agree for them to have the vaccine, which is given by way of a nasal spray, also benefit from the protection it provides to them as individuals. For more information, please contact your child's school.

Parental engagement

Free online support sessions for parents and carers

The Parental Engagement Team continue to provide support and respond to parents’ changing needs with their offer of free, virtual sessions. You’ll have a chance to share your experiences, ask questions and pick up some useful tips from experienced schools and families practitioners.

Topics include support for parents on:

  • Key Stage 1 and 2 maths and reading
  • Learning in the early years
  • Online safety and learning using school websites (including online learning portals such as Google Classroom and Purple Mash)
  • Healthy family tips 

Their next session, delivered using Zoom, is about using school websites to help home learning on Monday 12 October from 10am to 11am.

 Find out more here >

And remember...

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"It always seems impossible until it's done."

Nelson Mandela

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

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