Wellbeing is where every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.
World Health Organisation
Whilst wellbeing is a priority all year round at Studley High School, our wellbeing team set aside one week to focus on it intently at the end of last term. Throughout the week 1 – 4 July, the wellbeing team laid on a host of activities for pupils and staff. Activities focused on social engagement, wellbeing and growth mindset, learning and giving back.
Pupils enjoyed Pip the therapy dog visiting school, listened to inspirational speakers, had the opportunity to learn a new instrument, ran a coffee morning for local elderly residents and visited a local residential care home to spend time with residents.
Staff joined together to attend a local keep-fit class, went on local walks, attended coffee and cake mornings, took part in arts and crafts sessions and took part in a staff quiz.
We wanted to provide a range of activities for both pupils and staff, that were unrelated to academia and outcomes. We devised an extra-curricular timetable for both pupils and staff.
The focus was for pupils to understand the concepts of ‘feeling good’ and ‘functioning well’.
Miss Hughes, wellbeing week creator and organiser
Feedback has been so overwhelmingly positive that plans are in place to provide regular, similar activities into the new academic year, extending to parents as well.