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BCS Wellbeing Week

Published Friday 5th of February 2021 12:10:28 PM

Now in Week 5 of Distance Learning, a focus on wellbeing has been most welcome this week as the whole school took time out to think about their mental health and wellbeing.

The week started with a fantastic talk from children’s phycologist Dr Hazel Harrison. Dr Harrison has produced materials for BBC Bitesize and presents The Brain Lab for BBC, working for both the NHS and private sector. Throughout her talk, she spoke about the Five Pillars of Wellbeing - positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning and achievement; linking each aspect to concrete resources for parents to use, our School Values and providing top tips during the current lockdown.

Throughout the week, the children took part in lots of different activities with the aim of introducing them to different techniques that they can use to help them feel good about themselves and function effectively in their day to day lives.

Sharing photos from home and within school we have loved celebrating the different wellbeing activities which ranged from mindfulness breathing, to expressing feelings through art, to engaging with nature or quietly reading a book. Finally to round up the week everyone wore something colourful and dressed to express in line with the theme of this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week which is ‘Express Yourself’.

At Blue Coat, our pastoral care and the wellbeing of our pupils is a top priority. Though we have had a special focus this week, we are emphasising the importance of continuing with these techniques and activities to help impact on our wellbeing. We are all aware that this takes time and is not a quick fix. We need to train our brains to realise positive emotions and celebrate these successes. The children are always encouraged to share any worries they have with a trusted adult.

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