Positive pupils have learned how to look after their mental health during a week of wellbeing at Delamere Academy.
The primary, near Northwich, turned the spotlight on themselves during several days in which children were encouraged to ‘find their brave’ and adopt a positive mental attitude.
They used exercise classes, drama workshops and relaxation sessions, and raised money for charity Place2Be, which provides mental health counselling and training to schools.
Head of school Julie Clayton explained: “Life often throws challenges our way and bravery comes in all shapes and sizes.
“It’s not 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.
“Being brave can be about sharing worries and asking for help, trying something new or pushing yourself outside your comfort zone.
“Finding your Brave can build confidence, self-esteem and make you feel good about yourself.”
The week of focus on wellbeing started with a ‘disco fit’ class and included a drama workshop run by Little Voices. Children wore their slippers to school one day to raise cash for Place2Be, and took part in stretch and relaxation sessions during which they were asked to think about mindfulness, empathy and self-esteem.
Last year, Delamere Academy became one of less than 20 schools in the UK to have been given a Wellbeing Award for Schools (WAS), which commends schools who make the welfare of pupils and staff a priority.
Now Delamere are sharing their expertise in these areas with fellow members of North West Academies Trust (NWAT), which include St Martin’s at Chester, Oak View at Winsford, Weaverham Primary Academy and Rudheath Senior Academy.
Delamere was recently named one of the top 10 non-fee paying primary schools in the country by Tatler magazine, for consistently featuring in the top 1% in the Government’s school performance tables. It has also won Platinum status for sporting provision and was the top performing school in Cheshire West in the latest SATs results.
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