Priestley College offers a wide range of Enrichment activities that are taken up by hundreds of students every year. They vary from learning Japanese to an Astronomy Club, to choirs as well as History and Debating societies.
Now we are excited to add some online enrichment opportunities with your mental health very much in mind. These activities can be used to improve your wellbeing, everything from the therapeutic nature of creating origami to keeping fit and eating healthier.
Sport Priestley Challenge
This is your chance to take on the Sport Priestley winter challenges. See if you can beat our sport students’ achievements. This first challenge is How low can you go? Check it out.
Have a go at making some delicious meals with our healthy recipes. This exercise provides a series of recipes for you to test out. Hopefully they will not only taste good, but will also look good as we are asking you to send a photo of the end result to Katie Radford at firstname.lastname@example.org
In this resource you will find a series of different sessions from 7-minute HIIT workouts to 30-minute body combat sessions. Sessions span from 7 minutes to a maximum of 30 minutes, so feel free to mix and match throughout your day or week if you want to work out in this way.
Training Day Diet Plan
Ever wondered what’s best to eat on a day when you are training? Sport Priestley have the answers and in this diet plan prepared especially for you.
Rest Day Diet Plan
On your off days your diet needs to change as well. Check out Sport Priestley’s diet plan suggestions for your rest days.
College Counsellor Jane Dickson offers some techniques for mindfulness as well as a breathing exercise to help you remain calm.
The art of origami can be good for the mind. A few simple folds can reduce stress, improve concentration and help overcome negativity. Here’s Taegan to talk you through a simple origami exercise.
If you prefer to follow the routine ‘on paper’ you can be do so here > Instructions for Origami Crane
Relaxing Sleep Music
Relaxing sleep music for deep sleeping and stress relief. Fall asleep to beautiful nature videos and use the relaxing music (“Flying” by Peder B. Helland) as sleeping music, soothing meditation music, relaxation music, study music and more.
Written and Narrated by John Davisi. John is a mindfulness life coach, teacher, and speaker. Check out all of his mindfulness and meditation sessions at https://www.johndavisi.com
Wim Hof Breathing
This is a slower paced Wim Hof Method breathing exercise that starts with a 30 seconds hold building up to 90 seconds breath hold. Very suitable for beginners or anyone who prefers a more gentle guidance.
This is a Progressive Muscle Relaxation. It involves tension and relaxing all the muscles of the body to help induce a deep state of relaxation.
Support is there if you need it
There are numerous organisations available to offer help when you need it. Don’t hesitate to contact them if you feel you need to.
Music can be a real mood changer so if you are in need of a pick-me-up then these tunes will do the trick…
Heather Small – What have you done today to make you feel proud?
Levellers – Beautiful Day
Katrina and the Waves – Walking on Sunshine
‘Dancing Queen’ by Abba
‘Sweet Caroline’ by Neil Diamond
Coldplay – Adventure of a lifetime
Cathy Dennis – Waterloo Sunset
The Cure – Friday I’m in love
Anna Kendrick – Get back up again (from Trolls)
Shakira – Try Everything (from Zootropolis)
Lionel Richie – Dancing on the Ceiling
ACDC – Highway to Hell
Teenage Kicks – The Undertones
Mars Bar – The Undertones
Here Comes the Summer – The Undertones
Male Model – The Undertones
Jimmy Jimmy – The Undertones
My Perfect Cousin – The Undertones
Fiesta – The Pogues
Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
Mr Brightside – The Killers
A Town Called Malice – The Jam
Come On Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners
YMCA – The Village People
Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
Another sunny day by Belle and Sebastian
Happy Hour by the Housemartains
Nothing Can Stop Us – St Etienne
Send me on my Way- Rusted Root
Driving home for Christmas – Chris Rea
Mr. Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra
Happy – Pharrell
Together in Electric Dreams – Phil Oakey Georgio Moroder
Blinding Lights – The Weeknd
Happy Hour – The Housemartins
You are the sunshine of my life – Stevie Wonder
Mr Brightside – The Killers
Do your thing – Basement Jaxx
Love Machine – Girls Aloud
Rule the world – Take That
I’m coming out – Diana Ross
Don’t stop me now – Queen
Fame – Irena Cara
Five – Keep on Moving
Years and Years – King
Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling
Jackie Wilson – Your Love Is Lifting Me Higher
Keala Settle – This is Me
Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now
Doves – Pounding
Wham – Wake Me Up
Irena Cara – Fame
Nsync – Bye Bye Bye
Whitney Houston – Dance With Somebody
Maria Carey – Always Be My Baby
Years and Years – Over Me
Clean bandit (featuring Zara Larrson) – Symphony
Cliff Richard – Wired For Sound
Shine by Aswad! Very motivational
Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline
Break My Stride – Matthew Wilder
Mr Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra
Take A Chance on Me – ABBA
I’m in the Mood for Dancing – Nolan Sisters
September – Earth, Wind & Fire
Pocketful of Sunshine – Natasha Bedingfield
Believe – Cher
Dancing Queen – ABBA
Venus – Bananarama
Love at First Sight – Kylie Minogue
Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston
Labbi Sifre – So Strong always makes me stop and think.
Happy by Pharell Williams
Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson
I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyes Peas
Mambo Number 5 – Lou Bega