Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week
Children at King’s St Alban’s were quick to embrace opportunities to consider the important topic of Children’s Mental Health as part of a national, focused week.
The theme for 2019 was healthy: inside and out and all children at the school spent time this week engaged in activities looking at maintaining strong mental health. Children enjoyed talking about the importance of sleep, connecting through food (when we use food to celebrate and connect with others) and the importance of physical activity in our well-being. One class was asked (privately) to rank their happiness on a scale of 1 to 5, then did five minutes of vigorous aerobics to music, then ranked happiness a second time. The average score went from 3.6 to 4.6! Physical activeness does affect our well-being! Children also loved the chance to do some mindful colouring to relaxing music.
Children also enjoyed physical activity together in ‘wake up and stretch’ sessions on two mornings. There were tremendous community events and a number of parents enjoyed the second!
This week was an excellent focus and builds on what we are trying to do all the time here through dance, knit and natter, Paws b, relaxation classes amongst other things. The embracing of Mental Health Awareness ties in well with our ethos of Growth Mindset.