In preparation for Children’s Mental Health Week (5–11 February), St Anthony’s School for Girls participated in a series of ‘healthy practice activities for bodies and minds’ as part of its annual Health and Wellbeing Week.
This year’s theme, ‘Being Ourselves’, encouraged the pupils to think positively about themselves. Reception and KS1 pupils benefitted from classes on ‘positive self-talk’, and KS2 on developing the strategies to climb yourself out of the ‘Learning Pit’ when faced with challenging tasks.
Further time in the workshops was dedicated to practising mindfulness; younger pupils in the school learnt relaxing stretches, whilst the older girls participated in a short exercise involving moving while blindfolded to explore the concept of being only in the moment.
Headteacher Lara Flannery commented: ‘At St Anthony’s School for Girls we are committed to providing a nurturing and supportive environment, helping our pupils to thrive academically whilst also focusing on their pastoral needs.
‘Health and Wellbeing Week aims to promote lifelong habits to provide the girls with the tools to have success and happiness, and to prepare them for future careers and challenges.’