A school with heart – students love Stockland Green’s third Wellbeing Week

Big-hearted students, staff and community have been taking part in Stockland Green School’s third ‘Wellbeing Week’ this week (11-15 February).

During the week, which is entitled ‘Making Positive Choices’ students will take part in a variety of activities, including working with the Department for Work & Pensions, Positive Mental Health, yoga, Insanity fitness and art therapy.

Year 8 had sessions with St John’s Ambulance today (Wednesday), where they learnt about basic first aid, CPR and the recovery position.  Deputy headteacher Rebecca Goode said: “We believe it is vital that our students know how to protect themselves and each other.”

Year 11 took part in a day of activities designed to ease stress and promote positive mental and physical wellbeing, including mindfulness sessions and a mental health workshop. They also had an art therapy class and a practical lesson with the Department of Work & Pensions, along with an interview day featuring employers from the region.

And in a twist on Valentine’s Day, students will part ways with their well-loved paperbacks as part of ‘Book Giving Day’ which will see the young readers swap their favourite reads with each other. Year 9 also had a presentation from the police about county lines, to raise awareness of this serious issue facing many communities.

Mrs Goode said:

Our wellbeing weeks are packed full with carefully selected activities, chosen to prioritise students’ mental and physical health. They are a core part of each term and our young people, staff and the wider community look forward to taking part. We also use these weeks to provide students with a plethora of choices about their future wellbeing. Our third Wellbeing Week is a huge hit! This year’s theme is about making positive choices and we designed an innovative and ambitious programme  to help our young people understand the world around them and prepare for the future. The reception has been incredible and it has such a positive impact on everybody involved.”

As part of the week, the school is working towards its Silver award as a Rights Respecting School. Led by International children’s charity, UNICEF, works with UK schools to create safe and inspiring places to learn, where children are respected, their talents are nurtured and they are able to thrive. The Rights Respecting Schools Award embeds these values in daily school life and gives students the best chance to lead happy, healthy lives and to be responsible, active citizens.

Assistant headteacher and careers leader, Rachel Hill, said:

We’re really proud of all our students. Our visitors have been impressed at their maturity and focus and we’d like to thank everybody who is giving up their time, and providing expertise, to ensure this event is a success.”