As part of a more comprehensive programme, King’s St Alban’s has always placed mental health and well-being at the heart of everything that we do. Kick starting our weekly assembly series this week, pupils in Year 5 and Year 6 welcomed Chartered Clinical Psychologist and School Counsellor, Dr Kate Mason to King’s St Alban’s on Monday afternoon.
Dr Mason spoke of overcoming fear and the power of our thoughts. Pupils were amazed to discover that we as human beings have 6000 thoughts each and every day! Engaging with the assembly, pupils, led by Dr Mason, explored what can make them anxious, before looking at strategies that can be adopted in order to alleviate anxiety. Suggestions included writing down worries, talking to a friend, going for a walk and taking a deep breath – all fantastic suggestions that we are sure pupils will think about and adopt in the future.
All of the pupils who took part in the assembly provided an attentive and interested audience for Dr Mason and there was no shortage of intelligent questions as part of the assembly. Pupils thanked Dr Mason for her time and we look forward to her returning to King’s St Alban’s in the coming weeks to talk to the younger year groups across the school.
In addition, Dr Kate Mason will be hosting a Children’s Well-being presentation for parents on Monday, 21st March at 4.30pm in the Pre-Prep Hall. The aim of the session, which should last no more than 40 minutes, will be to provide parents with information and ways to promote positive mental health and well-being in children. There will be time after the formal presentation for parents to ask questions and to talk to Kate. Parents of children in all year groups are welcome to attend and should contact the School office if they have not already booked their space.