Wellbeing Challenges

During the Oxley Olympics there are 8x Wellbeing Challenges as well as the Kindness Project

The Wellbeing Challenges can be done at any time during the Oxley Olympics, but we will be asking you to submit your entries on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th of September, just in time for R U OK? Day

Each Wellbeing Challenge is worth 1 point for you house. You can complete as many as you want to but each person can only earn a maximum of 2 points for the House for Wellbeing challenges and an additional 2 points for the Kindness Project.  
*BONUS points will be awarded to those who make outstanding entries.
Be sure to read the details before you decide to submit your entry.

Some of the challenges are simple and some are a little bit more complicated so be sure to read through the list ahead of time so that you have enough time to complete them.

Please also be sure to check in with your parents ahead of time if the activity will involve your family or if you will need their permission to do something a little different.

Challenge #1 - Technology Free Time

Why not take a break from all things tech for half a day? Your brain and body will thank you.

Find something creative to do instead.
Suggestions include playing a board game, doing a puzzle or reading a good book but only you can truly create your own path with this challenge. That is the beauty of it!  

Plan this one in ahead of time so that it does not interrupt your learning and be sure to have Mum or Dad agree to it.

Points will be awarded to each student who completes a 25 word reflection on what the activity was and how they enjoyed it.  

Bonus points are available for our Gold, Silver and Bronze medalists and these will be decided by the Oxley Olympic Committee based on your essay.
Choose a time slot between: 8am to 3pm or 3pm to 10pm.

For those elusive bonus points maybe consider going tech free for extra hours.

Challenge #2 - Brains Breaks

Did you know that your brain really likes it when you take regular breaks throughout the day?  

In our 'Brain Breaks’ challenge we are asking you to do something extra special throughout your day to give your eyes, ears and brain a little refresh.  

We recommend you stare at the sky, do 20 star jumps, do some stretches, play with your pet or just take a wriggle break at regular intervals throughout the day. If you can’t get outside then these work in your lounge room too.

We recommend you try to take a 5 minute break for every 25 minutes of study too.

If you are in year 11 or 12 you might like to try the 20, 20, 20 rule for optimal learning, Every 20 minutes, take 20 seconds to stare at something 20 metres away.  

Keep a record of what you do and submit a summary of it for House points.

Challenge #3 - Gratitude

Keeping a gratitude journal is a great way to focus your attention on the positive things in your life.

For this challenge we want you to keep a gratitude list for three days of 3 things that you are thankful for.

Upload your list to gain your house points
Consider including your family and friends in this activity if that works for you

here is an example record keeping

Challenge #4 - Creativity

Did you know that being creative can have benefits for your mood and mental health?  

For this challenge, we are asking you to tap into your creativity by immersing yourself in a creative project.

You might like to try journal writing, create an artwork, do some knitting, immerse yourself in your music or go on a virtual museum tour.

We know you are super busy with all your school work, so, to get points for the creative challenge we ask that you submit a photo of your creative project and that you don’t spend more than half an hour per day in creating it.  

Challenge #5 - Exercise

Exercise if good for the mind AND the body!  

This is simple, make time in your day for some exercise and then let us know what you have done.

Regular exercise has many health benefits and is an important part of your day.

To collect these points you may like to do one of Mr Fox’s workout videos or come up with your own 20 minute workout.

You could simply go for a walk or a jog or attend an online exercise or dance class.

Whatever it is you decide to do, please submit a photo of you doing your 20 minute exercise challenge here.  

Challenge #6 - Relaxation

Relaxation and deep breathing has many great benefits and like everything else, practice makes perfect.

For this challenge you will need to try practice some deep breathing or some other relaxation strategy, once a day, for a whole week.

Keep a record of what you do and get your parents to sign off on it in order to get your house points.  

Try some box breathing in the morning, some calm colouring-in, meditating on scripture or incorporate a new wind-down routine (without screens) into your evening before you go off to bed.

You will need 5 separate entries to get your points.  

Challenge #7 - Read & Relax

Pick up a book and find a quiet place to read.  

Choose a book that you want to read for pleasure and sit outside, curled up on the couch or in another space that makes you feel relaxed.  

Enjoy reading and tell us the name of your book and why you would recommend it to others in order to get the points.

Challenge #8 - Open Entry

Perhaps there is something that you do that you know is good for your mental health and overall wellbeing but we have not already mentioned it. If so, then this challenge is for you.

To gain your points for the open entry category you will need to convince Mrs Bruce that your activity has merit.

Please submit a photo and a 200 (maximum) word essay explaining the benefits of your activity.  

Unfortunately, we will not be accepting online gaming activities in this category even though we know some of you really love them.

We are really looking for activities with known health benefits in order to gain points in this category.  

The Kindness Project

Here at Oxley, we believe that kindness is contagious and that by doing something good for someone else, you spread a blessing to yourself and to others.

"If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care—then do me a favour: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand."
Philippians 2:1-4 (Message Version)

To gain points for this challenge you must:
- do something kind for someone else
- upload a photo of what it was you decided to do.

You might like to:
- Write a letter to someone
- Organise a socially distant, social event
- Send a care package to someone
- Make something for someone else
- Contribute to your household by doing EXTRA chores
- Bless your parents by doing something nice for them
- Other? Use your creativity to think of something else kind that you can do from your home.

*Don’t forget to check in for permission from your parents if it is needed.  

For the kindness project we encourage you to get creative and spread the friendship around.

You can be awarded a maximum of two house points for two days of kindness activities (one per day) but you might like to aim for the Gold, Silver or Bronze medal bonus points.

These will be awarded to the Kindness act that impresses the judges the most.  

Upload a photo of your activity in order to get your points.