Mental Health Matters
This week sees the launch of new after-school mental health workshops, the latest addition to our extra-curricular wellbeing programme.
This week sees the launch of a series of new after-school Mental Health Workshops at our Senior School, which is designed to help pupils of all ages with a variety of issues they may be facing. Each week, youngsters will leave with helpful and practical tools to support their mental health, as well as strategies to effectively build resilience. Our Lower Sixth Form Wellbeing Mentors will also be on hand to give pupils a friendly face to speak to – all are trained volunteers, who can offer additional advice and support.
Miss Emily Walker, Wellbeing Lead, said: “The point of these sessions is for pupils to meet others who might be going through similar issues and to take part in friendly discussion around themes including stress, anxiety, self-esteem, LGBTQ+ issues - and lots more.”
Sessions run each Wednesday, 4.30pm-5.30pm in PRE 1 and are open to all pupils. There is a different theme each week, with forthcoming topics including an exam stress tool kit and a wellbeing dog walk during the summer term. Pupils can pick which sessions they attend; the programme for the remainder of this academic year is below.
These workshops are the latest addition to our extra-curricular wellbeing programme, which runs across the whole school. At the Lower Prep our Mindfulness club offers pupils the chance to try slower activities such as puzzles and crafts, learn calming breathing techniques, and enjoy time outside in nature. For Upper Prep pupils, Cobweb Club offers a chance to ‘blow the cobwebs away’, chat with others, and take a stroll around our beautiful grounds. After-school yoga classes remain popular with participants of all ages.
At the Senior School, a weekly focus is Tuesday’s Wellbeing Club, when pupils have the opportunity to get together and relax after a busy day. It’s a fun, sociable and interactive club, open to all years and focussing on activities away from the school curriculum. Activities to date have included music bingo, dodgeball, pumpkin carving, popcorn and movie nights, outdoor activities and marshmallow toasting.
Mental Health Workshops - Programme
Our full extra-curricular programme for the Spring term can be viewed here.
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