Our themes of the week for this term have been focused on the topic of Planet Earth. We’ve had Taking Responsibility, where our children were able to think about how we can take responsibility for our planet. However, the theme also allowed us to consider how we take responsibility for other areas of our lives. Our theme for this fortnight is Clean Air and Clean Mind and we will be thinking about how pollution can affect both our bodies and our minds; however, this week we have been focusing on our minds as we acknowledge and support Place2be’s Children’s Mental Health Week.
In our assembly at the start of the week the children were told that as well as physical health we all have mental health – it is our feelings, emotions, thinking and moods. Sometimes we are mentally happy, confident and carefree and sometimes we feel down, stressed, worried and scared. We all have positive and negative feelings and good mental health means also experiencing negative emotions.
The children all across the school, from Nursery to Year 8, were asked to consider what Bravery is: feeling fear and being vulnerable, but doing something despite the fear or risk (though not unsafe risks). They also thought about things they have done that are brave such as standing up in front of others, trying something new or talking to someone about something that worries them.
Life is full of challenges and includes taking small brave steps everyday whatever your age. Being brave means different things to different people at different times and it isn’t about coping alone or holding things in. It’s about finding positive ways to deal with things that might be difficult, overcoming physical and mental challenges and looking after yourself.
Our children and staff have been encouraged to be brave this week and to step out of their comfort zones.