Pangbourne College promotes student mental health with Wellbeing Day
Pangbourne College recently hosted a Wellbeing Day to support its pupils with their mental and physical wellbeing.
The annual event returned on Thursday, March 23, after a successful inauguration last year.
The day varied with specialist talks by guest speakers and staff-led workshops, allowing pupils to experience a full breadth of new activities and skills to enhance their mental health and wellbeing.
"At Pangbourne, we strive to put wellbeing at the heart of everything we do so that our students can flourish and achieve their potential," explained assistant head of pupil mental wellbeing Caroline Bond.
"We understand how a happy (or unhappy) mind can affect young people and their education."
The Mental Health Foundation has introduced five simple strategies to help with wellbeing.
She added: "These strategies have all been successfully rolled into our wellbeing day to benefit both our pupils and our staff. I'm so incredibly pleased with how successful the day has proved to be and the immense value it brought to our pupils."
The college also welcomed a variety of guest speakers to talk with the pupils.
These included Amy Lockwood, from Childnet, who discussed online safety, Agile Edge founder and Royal Marines commando Ryan Morris, who spoke about resilience and kindnes,s and PSHCE and Wellbeing consultant Joanne Feast, who talked with Year 11 about 'positive ways to manage exam stress'.
Founder of Transparency Theatre Company Chris Singleton spoke with Upper Sixth Form students about implementing self help rules to stay healthy.
The chosen activities that went ahead included board and card games, drumming and fire circle, relaxation, yoga, laser tag, a sleep and nutrition clinic, aerial arts, trail running, pamper party, wellbeing in wire crafting and watercolour painting.
Other activities included a wildlife walk, recreational rowing, car maintenance, mountain biking, foot golf, origami, darts, barista skills, Easter egg hunt, croquet, reading, short films, dog walking and baking.