A wonderful week of wellbeing at all NWAT schools

Children at North West Academies Trust schools got on the expressway to better mental health during a week of focus on wellbeing.

Pupils at all eight of the Chester-based Trust’s schools took part in a range of activities and games designed to promote Children’s Mental Health Week.

The theme of the week was ‘express yourself’ and teachers used singing, baking, dancing, meditation, movement and other workshops to encourage children to feel good and confident.

And a special ‘inside out day’ saw the excited youngsters wear their clothes inside out to symbolise a willingness to show their emotions.

NWAT runs Grosvenor Park Academy, Acresfield Academy and St Martin’s Academy in Chester; Rudheath Senior Academy, Weaverham Primary Academy and Delamere Academy near Northwich; Oak View Academy at Winsford and Ellesmere Primary in Shropshire.

Weaverham Headteacher Jo Price said: “There were fantastic activities taking place at home and at school. Mental Health Week is always a priority – that’s why we always have a wellbeing afternoon on Fridays.”

Grosvenor Park Head of School Richard Clarke said: “Across our school we took part in a range of activities and the week ended with ‘dress to express yourself’ day. It was wonderful to see the children dressed in a range of different outfits.”

St Martin’s Executive Head of School Wenda Smith added: “We had a wonderful week sharing thoughts and feelings, working as a team and completing lots of lovely activities to feel positive and celebrate how amazing the children are!”

Children’s Mental Health Week was first held in 2015 to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health.

Now in its seventh year, organisers Place2Be continue to encourage more people to get involved and spread the word.

Steve Docking, CEO of NWAT, said: “The emotional wellbeing of our children is just as important as their physical health.

“We want every child to be the best possible version of themselves and health and happiness are essential to this.”

PICTURE: Children and staff at Ellesmere Primary dressed to express during Children’s Mental Health Week