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Year 11 Mental Health Day

Year 11 Mental Health Day

Ahead of their first experience of public exams, Year 11 spent a morning learning about mental health and its importance in all facets of their lives. The theme for this year was Performing at Your Peak, and focused on how to get the most from oneself in challenging times.

Firstly, students heard a talk from chartered psychologist Dr Josephine Perry on the characteristics of success. Dr Perry drew on her experiences of working with professional athletes and actors to show the traits that have allowed them to achieve their goals and overcome adversity. Afterwards there was a Q&A with a panel made up of Joanna Cruse, from educational and motivational consultancy 100andFirst, Jo Ray, who leads our College Counselling team, Mr Flower, the Head of Wellbeing, and Francis McCabe the Wellbeing prefect. 

This was followed by a set of workshops that provided opportunities to practise a range of skills that will help students thrive in an extended revision period. This included a seminar with Dr Perry that explored the sport psychology tools that can be applied to exam season, and one from Joanna Cruse addressing resilience and how to how to excel without burning out. Mr McPhilemy ran a mindfulness lesson and Miss Goldbeck-Wood showed the power of the Alexander technique, a method used by actors and to prepare for upcoming roles.

Students were also visited by Sarah Weiler and Emily Miller, who ran a ukulele song writing session, encouraging the use of creative pursuits to promote calm and productivity. Other creative endeavours included clay moulding, lino printing, Lego teamwork, cross stitching, and readlaxation in the Library. They were also introduced to the psychological benefits of growing and caring for plants at home, and how they can create a calm work space, along with sessions on the importance of nutrition, spirituality and the psychology of body language body language.

The morning was seen off in style with an electric musical performance by singer/songwriter Elliott Morris, one half of Kyntra. In between playing his songs, Elliott spoke about his experiences of performing in front of people, overcoming nerves and the importance of preparation before big events. The event was summarised by a Year 11 student when he said, “It was great being able to forget about the stress of exams and enjoy the day before starting my revision”.

Year 11 Mental Health Day
Year 11 Mental Health Day
Year 11 Mental Health Day
Year 11 Mental Health Day
Year 11 Mental Health Day
Year 11 Mental Health Day
Year 11 Mental Health Day
Year 11 Mental Health Day
Year 11 Mental Health Day

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