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Mental Health Week

9th February 2024

“A child’s voice, however honest and true, is meaningless to those who’ve forgotten how to listen.” Professor Dumbledore

At the Pre-Prep, we firmly believe that all of our pupils have the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them, and to have their views considered and taken seriously. We pride ourselves on how we do this at the Pre-Prep with our Pupil Leadership teams and through Pupil Voice, utilising our Bounce Together surveys to gather pupil feedback and measure our pupils’ wellbeing. It is the role of our Wellbeing Ambassadors to plan our themed Wellbeing Weeks.

Throughout our Mental Health Week we have been reinforcing simple techniques such as daily meditation and mindfulness practices to help our children take control of their mental wellbeing.

In our topic lessons the children researched famous young people such as Malala Yousafzai and Greta Thunberg, finding out who they are and how they have enabled their voices to be heard. In their literacy lessons, Years 1 and 2 have explored poetry with the theme of ‘I am me’. The children wrote their poems and some were selected to read them out in our Feel Good Friday assembly.

Safer Internet Day

In our ICT lessons we shone the spotlight on internet safety and discussed different ways we can stay safe online. We also assigned a Bounce Together survey to pupils in KS1 linked to internet safety which we will complete in school. The children learnt about how technology and the internet can change people’s feelings and how to get help from a trusted adult. We covered the following:
• Young people’s perspective on new and emerging technology
• Using the internet to make change for the better
• The changes young people want to see online
• The things that can influence and change the way young people think, feel
and act online and offline

Feel Good Friday – Express Yourself!

We’re all different – we all have different things that make us tick and that bring a smile to our face. Our theme for Feel Good Friday on 9th February was to celebrate what makes us unique with an incredibly fun dress-up day – from sharing their favourite hobby, such as skateboarding or dancing, or wearing their favourite colour or accessory or simply coming in as themselves. Express Yourself is about letting the children’s voice shine through and empowering them to tell their own stories!

The children also expressed themselves on Friday 9th February through pottery painting with our fabulous Friends of Pre-Prep (FOPPS). In the afternoon we held a carousel of activities in each year group. The children were able to choose which activity they would like to attend, from mindful colouring, Lego, crafts and games.

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