On 1 March, all the students took part in Abbey Gate College's second Wellbeing Day. At Abbey Gate College, we pride ourselves on our high levels of Pastoral care and a firm belief in the importance of supporting the wellbeing of our pupils. Life can be hard, sometimes, and life can be stressful, even more so perhaps for young people and teenagers. It is vital that our pupils understand how to look after their mental health, have effective strategies to cope with stress and are given tools to build their resilience and involved in a variety of sessions to highlight and support positive mental health and wellbeing.
Sessions included “How to empty your stress bucket”, “Personal safety” and “Coping with everyday life”, as well as receiving information about money skills, exams, healthy relationships and alcohol awareness.
The afternoon gave the pupils the opportunity to choose three activities from different sessions including singing, first aid, reading with Sixth Formers at the Infant and Junior School, yoga, camping skills, skincare, archery, drawing and even sewing and constructing pet bandanas! These were all themed around the five key strands of positive mental health, as used by the NHS, Mind, Young Minds and other mental health charities.
There were many visitors on the day, including Antoinette Sandbach, MP for Eddisbury, who did a question and answer session with enthusiastic members of our Politics Club, and Kane Oliver Parry, a West End star who has been the lead in We Will Rock You, Beautiful and many more, who ran a West End workshop. Hannah Holroyd, who set up her own company “Home by Hannah” as a way to re-focus on her own wellbeing after a difficult period in her life, ran a session on Interior Design.
With concerns being raised nationally about the mental health and wellbeing of young people, Abbey Gate College is proud to be leading the way in helping our pupils to focus on, understand and develop their wellbeing and resilience and to promote positive mental health.
Published: Tuesday, 5th March 2019