Feel good about yourself!
3rd – 7th February
Wellbeing Week at Dulwich Prep Cranbrook provides the children with a number of activities on offer to promote a sense of wellbeing including yoga, art, sewing and singing; alongside visiting speakers and events. The aim of pastoral care at Dulwich is simple, everything is focused on helping the children believe in themselves, to flourish in the classroom and thrive as individuals and be active members of the school community.
Inspired by the theme of #ChildrensMentalHealth Week, Dulwich are encouraging the children to #Findyourbrave. Bravery can be sharing worries and asking for help, trying something new and pushing yourself outside your comfort zone. ‘Finding your brave’ can be about building your confidence and self-esteem and make you feel good about yourself.
The whole school will join together for the ‘Big Sing’, sharing the joy of music as a community. An ambitious upcycling sewing project will keep everyone busy, transforming old clothes into stylish shoulder bags. The Art department will be painting pebbles to be hidden in the school grounds for a treasure hunt, as well as creating a large mural inspired by nature. All the children in Upper School will be taking part in yoga sessions. Discussions about healthy eating and the importance of good nutrition will be held for parents and children. Childnet, the non-profit organisation that helps makes the internet a great and safe place for children, will lead sessions both with parents and children. An active Football Fun day rounds off the week, raising funds for Football Beyond Borders, a charity which uses football to support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Activities for parents include talks about Managing the Transition to Senior School, and sessions on ‘Anxiety and How to Manage It’, both organised in conjunction with leading children’s mental health charity Place2Be. Dulwich have their own dedicated Place2Be team based permanently in school, available for one to one counselling and small group drop-in sessions. Children also make use of the informal Place2Talk sessions where they can talk freely about friendship issues, self-esteem and anxiety.
Dulwich Prep Cranbrook are hosting the Mental Health Champions Training for School Leaders, run by Place2Be, supporting School Leaders to bring about strategic change to create ‘mentally healthy’ schools. Dulwich has pledged to promote the importance of a focus on positive mental health throughout our local community, supporting local school and youth leaders with the opportunity for expert mental health training.
Headmaster Mr Paul David commented; “The happiness of children is our top priority, and Wellbeing Week shines a light on our commitment to a very proactive approach towards mental health. We are constantly striving to improve our strong support networks, access to experts, open communication and to develop a close, compassionate community.”