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.

Healthy recipes

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 k.radford@priestley.ac.uk

HIIT Workouts

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.

Mindfulness technique

College Counsellor Jane Dickson offers some techniques for mindfulness as well as a breathing exercise to help you remain calm.

Origami exercise

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.

10-minute Meditation 

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.

Muscle Relaxation

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

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