Good Health Week (7-11 February)
Senior School pupils enjoy a programme of inspiring speakers, hands-on workshops and after-school activities.
Today marks the start of our biennial Senior School ‘Good Health Week’, (7-11 February). The event runs alongside our usual academic curriculum and is an opportunity for pupils and staff to focus some attention on looking after themselves, both physically and mentally.
From Monday 7 to Friday 11 February, we’ll be welcoming health experts and inspiring speakers to our school including Dr Diana Hunter, singer-songwriter Katie Kittermaster, optometrist Mitesh Gandhi and Karen Adams, Team Manager at Huntingdon Psychological Wellbeing Service. Between them, they will talk to different year groups on topics including managing common illnesses and navigating today’s healthcare services, good eye health, and mental wellbeing.
Pupils can also get involved in varied after-school activities, with pre-bookable events including a fitness circuit workout with a personal trainer, and a beginners’ Vinyasa-style yoga class for body and mind with Katie Rollason. A highlight for Second to Fourth Form pupils is the optional “Adults in L plates” workshop, led by Bedford-based charity, Making Me. This will examine the emotional and psychological changes that occur in adolescence, with a particular focus on changes to sense of identity, and how this affects wellbeing.
In addition, there are several lunchtime stands in the Lewis Hall for staff and pupils. Facialist Kirsty Durkin of Katharine Daniels skincare will be on hand to offer expert advice on skin concerns and treatments, while nutritionist and lifestyle coach Birgit Berry will be on site to talk about diet and supplements. There is also an after-school menopause Q&A for staff only, with GP Dr Camilla Tilbury.
Mrs Heather Garland who, along with Mrs Anne Bantin and Mrs Ceri Stokes, organises Good Health Week, said: “The aim is to inspire pupils and staff, and to equip them with the knowledge to make sensible and healthy lifestyle choices. We hope everyone will enjoy getting involved - pupils and staff can look out for regular email updates during the week.”