Bushfires or wildfires are natural occurrences in Australia. Every year, during the dry season parts of the country will see raging bushfires destroying grassland, bushes and forests. Temperatures can be very high, and drought is often a problem - increasing the risk of bushfires.
Record breaking temperatures
With summer 2019 as being the hottest on record - Australia is facing major problems due to the latest raging wildfires. During December 2019 the temperature reached 49.9°C in Nullarbor, Southern Australia - the highest ever recorded.
Seen from space
The fires are so fierce and have affected such a large area that they can be seen from space. It is estimated that 12 million acres of land has been destroyed (1 acre = about the size of a football pitch). Smoke from the fires has reached New Zealand, 1,200 miles away, with reports of air pollution and the smell of smoke in the air.
Time to Talk Day
Safer Internet Day
Safer Internet Day is on the 11th February 2020! It will be celebrated all over the world with the theme ‘Together for a better internet’.
Dad waited for Aron's help. He found walking increasingly difficult, and although they were wrapped in heavy coats and scarves, Llanddwyn was icy today - Santes Dwynwen Day. Aron reached for his backpack and the flask of hot chocolate. 'Have you heard the story of Santes Dwynwen?' Dad asked. 'Of course!' said Aron. Every January, at school they would be told the story. Aron didn't really think much of the legend.
Dwynwen, had been forced to
abandon the one she loved and
had lived the rest of her life on
this island - all alone.
Aron had more pressing things than the legend on his mind right now.
Last night, Gran had called for a chat. The time would come when Dad would be unable to walk at all and would need the help of carers.
'We think it might be best if you came to stay with me.' Gran had
said and Dad had nodded.
'No Dad!' Aron was adamant, 'But
who would get your breakfast?
Fetch the things you need?'
asked Gran. Aron had looked
from one worried face to the
'Gran's right Aron, you have your school work to think of, and your rugby - you have to carry on,' said Dad. 'I can get by around the house with the help of the carers. You can come and go between here and Gran's house.'
Aron looked at the gulls circling upwards on the wind, spinning just like his thoughts. Dad had to get back to the car so Aron helped him to his seat.
'Will you be ok for a bit?' Aron asked before closing the car door and facing the wind once more. He then ran along the path towards the sea This is where Dwynwen lived a long time ago,
all alone. As the patron saint of love she showed people
the way to love and show
compassion. Aron smiled, he
knew what he had to do. He
hurried back to the warmth of
the car and sat there beside his
father, the windows all foggy
and the sweet smell of hot
chocolate tickling his nose.
'We'll be ok Dad,' he said, 'You,
me and Gran, we'll be ok.'
In the steam on the window with his finger, he drew the shape of a heart and the words 'Dad & Me'
Name: Leisa Mererid
Where in Wales? Y Felinheli.
Job Title: Yoga Teacher / Instructor
What is Yoga and why is it good for us?
Yoga is good for the body, breath and mind. The word ‘yoga’ comes from the Sanskrit language (a very old language from India) and it means to ‘join’ or ‘unify’. It’s a great exercise for the body because it stretches and strengthens our muscles, but it can also stretch and strengthen our mind and breath, which helps us to relax and quieten our busy thoughts! Yoga is a practice that keeps us happy and healthy on every level – physical, mental and emotional. People have been practicing yoga for at least 5,000 years and today it is more popular than ever!
What is your job?
I have 3 weekly yoga classes and I also travel around schools
all over Wales to introduce yoga to pupils and to train teachers. When I lead a session for children, I start with a fun warm-up to wake the body up before going on a yoga adventure. Every session ends with relaxation time!
Where do you work?
Usually I work in a village hall or a chapel vestry or school, but I have also led a yoga session on the roof of a building, on a beach and on the Eisteddfod field!
a circle in the Hall and play quiet music, then classes come in to ‘taste’ yoga for about 30 to 40 minutes. Sometimes the session is on a particular theme and sometimes we make up stories together and follow the children’s imagination! No session is the same!
Good things about the
Every day is different. Variety is the spice of life! I love yoga and the way it makes me feel so I also love to share this with children and adults alike. Often people come to a yoga class looking stressed and it’s lovely to see
them leaving the class looking much happier and relaxed. I love to see children really getting into it, having fun and relaxing at the end of the session
Sometimes I have too much work and sometimes I don’t have enough. The summer holidays and before Christmas is really quiet so I don’t get an income then. I visit schools to introduce yoga to pupils and then I leave. It would be nice to be able to re-visit pupils and see how they develop
I hope to write a second book and start my own health and well-being company. In the new year I will be attending a course to be a Mindfulness teacher.
How much time should you spend looking at smart tech e.g. mobile phone, tablet or computer?
Mental Health problems effect about 1 in 10 children and young people. This can mean they suffer from depression, anxiety or behavioural problems and they often arise from things that happen in their lives.
Mental health is just as important as physical health. Having good mental health can mean that children can cope with difficult situations in life and develop into happy and healthy adults
Here are some things that help to keep children’s minds healthy:
Some things can affect children’s mental health and make them more likely to suffer from mental health problems. These can include:
What can you do if you, or someone you know, suffers from mental health problems?
It’s important to ask for help. You can talk to a parent, staff in your school or a health professional such as a nurse or doctor. You can also contact an organisation or charity such as Childline or Bernardo’s. Often a talking therapy or counselling can be organised, and this is a very effective way of treating mental health problems.
Everybody has a bad day every now and again and feels a little sad, but this doesn’t necessarily mean we have a mental health problem. If you feel sad for a long time or if you are so anxious that it effects your everyday life, then maybe you need some help and you need to talk to an adult. Read the tips from Aunty Dot on page 5 on how to keep your body and mind healthy.
Whether we are feeling a little peaky, or if we're really unwell, we can visit the doctor's surgery. But in the Middle Ages* that would not have been possible. There were no health workers or doctors, as we know them today. People would make medicine by using herbs and various
plants. Some wealthy people would have their own doctors however they did not have our modern medical knowledge, so they would not be very successful in their treatment of illnesses.
A horrible illness - the Black Death - spread
throughout Europe between 1348-1349,
killing 40% of the population. It caused
terrible suffering and fear. Travellers
moving from one area to another had to go
into quarantine** for a period of time,
before being allowed to enter a town or
When the plague hit, often whole families died. Sometimes doctors would visit the sick and would wear long hooded cloaks. These cloaks were long and beak-like inside and were stuffed with herbs and made the doctors look like huge vicious birds. If you did not die of the plague, then a visit from one of these doctors would scare you to death!
People did not understand illnesses and
the reason why they became ill. Often they
would pray or go on long pilgrimages*** to
help them get better.
Many people would visit a special well and drink the water and believed that bathing in a certain well could restore their health. There are many of these wells scattered throughout Wales. St Winefride's Well, in Hollywell, Flint is very well known and is still visited today. People come to bathe in the water there, hoping it will make them better or protect them from illness.
*The Middle Ages - a period of time between the 5th - 15th century.
**quarantine - a place or period of time of isolation where people would stay to ensure that they had not been contaminated by disease.
***pilgrimage - a journey to a special place, usually connected with a saint
There are many stories relating to miraculous cures connected with drinking or bathing in the water at Holywell. The newspapers of the 1890’s reported on many amazing stories. Stories such as Alice Wood's cure: Alice was a young mute girl from Preston, she had visited various hospitals but no one could help her regain her power of speech. In May, 1894 Alice visited Holywell and bathed in St Winefride's well. When she came out of the water she could speak once again!
Since 1696, Llandrindod has been a well-known destination for those looking for spring water and health related wells. Noble families would travel there to bathe and drink the water. It is a beautiful area and no doubt the charm of Llandrindod would make people feel better!
Are you brave enough to cross the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, 40 meters above the River Dee?
This path is 82 miles long and runs along the border between England and Wales.
Rhosili was voted the best beach in Wales recently.
This path stretches 870 miles all the way around Wales and has some of the most spectacular views in the country.
Here are readers from Ysgol y Borth, Anglesey in their Christmas jumpers! Thanks for sending us the photo! If you would like to appear in Clic-it Cymru, please ask your teacher to send us a photo.
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