The sun finally came out and nature bloomed as Mental Health Awareness Week took root across the College community. From DUCKS and Junior School pupils to Senior students and staff, we were all invited to engage with nature, follow the paths on our Wellbeing College map, and take moments to both self-care and consider the importance of looking after each other and our own mental health.
Stigmas around mental health, whilst on the decline, are still prevalent and opening up the conversation for our wider community on a Mind and Body webinar, Nick Brown and Phil Greenaway were joined by panellists Dr Josephine Perry, Matt Lovell and OA Will Fraser in conversation on how to best achieve good mental health as well as physical.
Across the College, pupils had workshops and events ranging from a panel discussion on mental health hosted by Gary Bloom to ‘letting it all go’ on inflatables. DUCKS and Junior School staff and pupils took part in creative wellbeing sessions and Year 8 took a very special nature walk through the woods. The Wodehouse Library hosted a ‘seed and seedling exchange’ so all staff could get growing over the mid-term break and we invited all our pupils to take part in The Big Plant! More on this in the coming weeks and months.
A pottery throw down, spin classes during lunch, creative writing on the theme of nature and ‘maps of possibilities’ helped recharge staff batteries whilst also providing much-needed moments to slow down, reflect and also learn new skills that they can, if they wish, transfer back into the classroom.
Charles Bird, our prefect for wellbeing, saw his vision for the ‘Wellbeing Poster Initiative’ realised and what a legacy to leave as the Year 13 move on to the next stage of their lives. Thank you Charles!
We hope you all enjoy a little sun - remember our Mind and Body panellist advised on that vitamin D intake! Have a safe and healthy mid-term break and do get planting. Together we can grow something great for the future - look after yourselves and each other.