Recently, our Primary and Nurture students celebrated Children's Mental Health Week with a trip to the beach. We organised a range of activities to promote mindfulness, relaxation, and creativity. The aim was to help children understand the importance of taking care of their mental health and wellbeing.
The day began with a guided meditation session led by Matt. The children sat on the beach and listened to the sound of the waves while focusing on their breathing. The session helped the children to feel calm and centered, and many of them said they felt more relaxed and less anxious afterwards.
After the meditation, the children took part in a yoga session. Abby led the children through a series of gentle stretches and poses, which helped to release any tension in their bodies. The children enjoyed the yoga session, and many of them said they felt more energised and refreshed afterwards.
Gill provided mindful colouring sheets, which the children could work on. Mindful colouring is a great way to help children relax and focus their minds. The sheets featured intricate designs and patterns, which the children could colour in using a range of coloured pencils and markers.
In the afternoon, the children took part in a Taskmaster Education challenge. The challenge was to create a rainbow using only natural resources found on the beach. The children worked in teams and had to gather stones, shells, and other materials to create their rainbows. The challenge encouraged creativity and teamwork, and the children enjoyed working together to create something beautiful.
Overall, the day was a huge success. The children had a great time at the beach, and many of them learned new ways to take care of their mental health and wellbeing. The school plans to continue promoting mindfulness and relaxation throughout the year, as we recognise the importance of taking care of the whole child, including their mental health.