This week is Place2be Children’s Mental Health Week. At King’s St. Alban’s the well-being of our school community is our first priority. Although this happens all year round, Children’s Mental Health week is a useful reminder to focus on what makes us feel good and how to cope with emotions that might be harder to process.
The theme of this year’s Children’s Mental Health week is ‘Growth’. The children have completed activities in their forms and as a school to focus on this. They have completed support balloons and thought about who helps them when they meet a problem. On Wednesday the whole school came together for a Mindfulness session led by Mrs Lewis. The well-being of the staff is also important and on Wednesday treats appeared in the staff rooms for the staff to enjoy during their break. There were healthy choices and also a cake option!
The children have also considered their own growth in virtual assemblies from Place2Be. In form time, the children have been thinking about what helps them when they feel anxious or worried and have thought of strategies they can employ.
The Mindful Ambassadors have also been running mindfulness sessions in the Prep school. Today, to celebrate the end of Children’s Mental Health Week and to end the week feeling great, everyone came together for one of our favourite whole school activities- an early morning dance! This is always the perfect way to start the day full of energy and smiles. A group of Year 1 pupils, buzzing after their energetic dancing, suggested, “This is amazing, can we do it every morning, please, please, please?!”
We hope that the messages we have learned from this year’s Children’s Mental Health week will stay with the children and that everyone has taken something away from the work we have done.