Wisbech Grammar students learn to look after their mental health

Wisbech Grammar students learn to look after their mental health

Published by Grace Mcgachy
11:39am 22nd January 2020.

Mental health and wellbeing has been taking centre stage at Wisbech Grammar. 

Every pupil at the school went off timetable for a day and took part in activities to show them how to stay healthy both physically and mentally. 

The activities allowed all the children to participate at the level appropriate to their age. 

Students took part in laughing sessions, colouring, welly walks, meditating or had the opportunity to just sit down, have a chat and a cup of squash. 

The children weren't separated by age of year group and were instead organised into 16 groups with children from Reception to Prep 6 for that day. 

Staff say lunch was also a success as they noticed how the older pupils interacted with the younger ones and could really see the benefits.

wisbech grammar students learn about mental health

Lara from Wisbech, a Prep 6 pupil found the meditation very relaxing and calming. 

Prep 3 student Rudy from Spalding said he enjoyed the fact that he could talk and spend time with children in other year groups. 

Finlay from King's Lynn in Prep 5, enjoyed making the glitter bottles and said: 

"The glitter in the bottles represents my feelings, and when the bottle is shaken they are all jumbled up, and when they settle it made me feel settled".

The school explained why they felt it was important to hold days like this for the students: 

"Throughout the year, we strive to provide the children with a happy place to learn, but also look to ways that we can develop the children into life-long happy and healthy men and women.

We use PSHCE to help the children build on these life skills and their awareness of mental health, relationships, resilience, and physical wellbeing." 

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