Mental Health & Personal Development Challenges

Personal Development Challenge – 22nd February 2021

Here are the last of the challenges as we look forward to returning to school very soon. We hope that these activities still help to provide some variety during the school closure and that they prove valuable in helping you to develop useful and necessary skills for the future. 

All challenges will be set on Doddle, emailed and on our website. 

The challenges are voluntary however; participation guarantees learning something new, different and exciting which you will definitely enjoy and benefit from with the added bonus LOTS of House Points! 

Look after your Mental Health – Kicking the day off right

Last challenge, you made your own night routine, this time we are going to follow that up with 'getting into gear' morning routine. 

As with the night routine, you can create a vlog, blog, or diary entry on how you have kicked your day off right.  

The most creative entry will win an R4. All entries win R3s.  

Email your entry to Mr Lewis jls@goffs.herts.sch.uk 

Here are some examples:

Routine2

 
Routine1

 

Personal Development Challenges 

  1. Make someone in your house a hot (or cold) drink without them asking for it – you will like their reaction
  2. Learn how to work the vacuum cleaner and clean a room (or the house), and dust it too  
  3. Learn how to make your bed, change your bed sheets, pillows and duvet cover – and wash and dry them!
  4. Get creative and draw any expression, interpret it into a drawing by hand or on the computer, e.g. ‘here comes trouble’ or ‘I’m shattered’. Here are some examples:
Shattered
 

Here comes trouble

 

  5.  Make ‘Ice Cream in a Bag’ (half & half = single cream) using this simple recipe or find your own.

Super Challenge - Ask Twice

Send a friend or even better someone who you may not be close with but you know may struggle socially, a message to check in and see if they are okay, twice.

1 in 4 of us experience a mental health problem in any year. And worryingly, the current restrictions on our lives mean people are missing out on support from those around them. So if a mate says they are fine, they might not be. A second ‘how are you?’ can make all the difference.  

Please email evidence of your completed challenges to your Learning Manager for House Points. 

R3: For all students that enter 

R4: If you are recommended to your DoL 

R5: For the student/s who does the most! 

House Competitions

Click here for the Literacy Competition

Click Here for the Goffs Got Talent Competition 

Click Here for the LGBT History Month Competition

Click Here for the PE Competition

R3: For all students that enter 

R4: For runners up (2nd and 3rd place) 

R5: For the winner! 


Do not forget to always be safe online, for more information click here. https://www.goffs.herts.sch.uk/311/esafety 

 
Personal Development Challenge – 1st February 2021

As we are unfortunately not returning to school for longer than we originally thought, these tasks to encourage your personal development as well as your mental and physical health, will now be out every 2 weeks. 

We hope that these activities are helping to provide some variety during the school closure period and will prove valuable in helping you to develop useful and necessary skills for the future. 

All challenges will be set on Doddle, emailed and on our website. 

The challenges are voluntary however; participation guarantees learning something new, different and exciting which you will definitely enjoy and benefit from with the added bonus LOTS of House Points! 

Look after your Mental Health – A good night’s sleep  

Plan and use a calming night routine and monitor how well you sleep to encourage healthy habits.  

Create a written diary entry or a vlog to show what you do and your recommendations for a settling night-time routine.  

The most creative and useful entry will win an R4. All entries win R3s.  

Email your entry to Mr Lewis jls@goffs.herts.sch.uk  

Here are some examples:   

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFErAM8BMqg  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zF8Zmrad0vw  

Personal Development Challenges 

  1. Bake a batch of cookies, why not decorate them too? 
  2. Learn how to work the iron, iron your own clothes, fold them and put them away 
  3. Draw or paint a self portrait 
  4. Make some origami – click here for an example of an origami boat 

Sort and take out the recycling for the week 

Super Challenge 

Design a 10-question round for the Goffs Staff Virtual Quiz Night 

It should be high quality, accurate and themed (i.e. movies, sport, current affairs) – challenging, but not too challenging, and have the questions and the answers.   
Entry gets you an R3 and if it is used in the quiz, you will get an R4.  

Email Mr Holding your entry mho@goffs.herts.sch.uk by Friday 5th February.  

Please email evidence of your completed challenges to your Learning Manager for House Points. 

R3: For all students that enter 

R4: If you are recommended to your DoL 

R5: For the student/s who does the most! 

Please share your ideas for future tasks – good ones will be rewarded: 

Send any ideas for different Personal Development Challenges to Krystle kwi@goffs.herts.sch.uk  

House Competitions 

Click here for the Technology House Competition 

Click Here for Place2Be Children's Mental Health Week House Competition 

PE: House competition - this will be emailed to you and on Doddle 

R3: For all students that enter 

R4: For runners up (2nd and 3rd place) 

R5: For the winner! 


Look after your Physical Health 

Beat Mr Roles at press-ups 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVV9JLf6iQw 

Come back on 22nd February for more! 

Do not forget to always be safe online, for more information click here. https://www.goffs.herts.sch.uk/311/esafety 

 
Mental Health and Personal Development Challenge – 18th January 2021

As we are once again facing a period of lockdown, we are returning to setting tasks that as well as encouraging your personal development, will now also support your mental and physical health

In addition to the curriculum work set by your class teachers, we feel it is crucial that you are able to experience and enjoy challenges that will help with your broader personal development.

We hope that these activities will help to provide some variety during the school closure period and will prove valuable in helping you to develop useful and necessary skills for the future.

As such, we have put together a list of challenges for you to complete. We will be setting five weekly challenges. There will also a ‘super challenge’.

All challenges will be set on Doddle, emailed and on our website.

The challenges are voluntary however; participation guarantees learning something new, different and exciting which you will definitely enjoy and benefit from with the added bonus LOTS of House Points!

Look after your Mental Health - STOP quick help technique

Practise this STOP technique whenever you feel yourself getting anxious or stressed. It can help you to quickly let go of anxieties and feel calmer and more relaxed. STOP quick help technique

Personal Development Challenges

  1. Plan the menu and prepare a healthy meal
  2. Learn how to work the washing machine, do a load and hang it to dry
  3. Draw the view from one of the windows in your home
  4. Build a house of cards
  5. Write to someone who you are grateful to and let them know why

 

Super Challenge

Clean, or help to fix/repair, either a bicycle or a car. Entries and ideas will be discussed in ATM.

Please email evidence of your completed challenges to your Learning Manager for House Points.

R3: For all students that enter

R4: If you are recommended to your DoL

R5: For the student/s who does the most!

Please share your ideas – good ones will be rewarded:

Personal Development Challenges – Krystle kwi@goffs.herts.sch.uk

 

House Competitions

Click here for the Art House competition

Click here for the Drama House competition

Please look out for the information from these departments soon

R3: For all students that enter

R4: For runners up (2nd and 3rd place)

R5: For the winner!

 

Look after your Physical Health

Virtual Tier Jumping – Students will be required to log any steps, kilometres or miles travelled on a fitness watch, app or any other gps device to see how far each House can travel north from the school. Will your House get out of Hertfordshire’s Tier 4?

The PE Department will send more information shortly

Come back next week for more!

Do not forget to always be safe online, for more information click here. https://www.goffs.herts.sch.uk/311/esafety

 

Personal Development Challenge – 6th July 2020

Hello everyone! Here are your final 5 Personal Development Challenges and your super challenge that we would like you to complete over the next 2 week and throughout the summer.

  1. Learn a basic card trick / Teach this to somebody else
  2. Learn some useful phrases in other languages, for example greetings in 5 other languages (that you do not study) / Teach them to somebody else
  3. Look up and learn basic CPR and the recovery position and practise putting someone in the recovery position
  4. Prepare a balanced meal for you and your family, it can be breakfast, lunch, or dinner. This time work out its total cost AND its nutritional value compared to recommended calorie intake per person
  5. Research how the stock market works / Explain this to another person or make a video or resource to summarise it 

Why not review all the other challenges below and do some you may have missed?

Super Challenge 

Research the career you would like to have and its annual salary.

From that salary work out:

  • What is the monthly salary after tax?
  • Work out what monthly bills you could have and how much they might cost:

    Electric, gas, water, council tax, phone, car, insurances, rent/mortgage, tv, internet

  • Work out what you might spend weekly on food/toiletries
  • Add all of those together
  • Subtract this amount from the monthly salary after tax
  • What did you have left, and what could you spend it on?

Do not forget to always be safe online, for more information click here. https://www.goffs.herts.sch.uk/311/esafety

 

Personal Development Challenge – 22nd June 2020

Hello everyone! Here are your 5 Personal Development Challenges with and your super challenge that we would like you to complete over the next 2 weeks.

  1. It is still Pride Month and you still have time to participate in our activities here on Goffs Pride. You can also read these articles on BBC Bitesize Embracing your identity: Celebrating Pride Month 2020. Don’t forget the Rainbow cupcakes recipe.
  2. The Met Office has made a range DIY activities and experiments for you to teach yourself about the weather
  3. Use YouTube / internet to learn some self-defence techniques
  4. Produce a poster on E-Safety
  5. Research British Sign Language and learn 5 basic phrases / Teach them to somebody else

Super Challenge 

Research how to and write a CV and covering letter for a part-time job

Do not forget to always be safe online, for more information click here. https://www.goffs.herts.sch.uk/311/esafety

 

Personal Development Challenge - 8th June 2020

Hi again! Here are your 5 Personal Development Challenges with and your super challenge that we would like you to complete over the next 2 weeks. Then you will get some more.

1. It is Pride Month so research and/or participate in LGBTQ+ activities. A start is to try to answer  these questions:

Do you know what all the letters stand for and why there is a +?

Which colours were added to the rainbow flag recently and why?

Keep your eye on this page and Doddle for more coming soon.

In the meantime, here are some interesting websites for you to look at:

Inspirational LGBT People eBook

Four young LGBT activists you should know about

2. Learn some basic first aid. The Red Cross has put this fantastic resource together.

3. Clean windows either at home and/or the outside windows for an elderly neighbour

4. Sew a button

5. Learn to Juggle / Teach this to somebody else

Super Challenge 

Research how to get a mortgage and the different kinds or mortgages / Explain this to another person or make a video or resource to summarise it 

 

Personal Development Challenge - 18th May 2020

Hi! Here are 5 Personal Development Challenges (with 2 optional and an extra challenging one!) we would like you to complete over the next 2 weeks. Then you will get some more.

  1. Participate in Mental Health Week (see attachment)
  1. Organise and create a quiz for your friends and family to enjoy over Zoom or FaceTime
  2. Record yourself performing a solo on an instrument or singing
  3. Research and perform 3 yoga positions
  4. Do some laundry, wash, and dry clothes then put them away

Optional – if you have a pet; wash and groom him or her

Optional – if you have a garden; learn how to use the lawn mower and cut the grass

Super Challenge 

Make a balanced 2 course meal for the family

 

Personal Development Challenge - 4th May 2020

As the period of lockdown continues, we are writing regarding tasks that can support your child’s personal development. In addition to the curriculum work set by your child’s class teachers, we feel it is crucial that your child is able to experience and enjoy challenges that will help with their broader personal development.

We hope that these activities will help to provide some variety during the school closure period, will prove valuable in helping students to develop vital skills, and may prove useful to parents too!

As such, we have put together a list of challenges for your child to complete. We will be setting five challenges fortnightly, starting from 4th May. There will also a ‘super challenge’.

All challenges will be set on Doddle; the first five are listed below: 

  1. Iron a shirt and/or a pair of trousers
  2. Change a light bulb
  3. Boil an egg
  4. Write a thank you card or email
  5. Plan, organise, and budget for a future day out


Super Challenge – Clean, or help to fix/repair, either a bicycle or a car

It would be fantastic for us to gather and be able to showcase some of these challenges being undertaken, so we would encourage students to take some photographs to send to their Learning Manager. Please note that we may include these photographs in a newsletter or school communications, so by sending us these, you consent to the school using the images.