11 May 2018
In celebration of national Mental Health Week, Putney High School GDST launches, Wellbeing Within – (Thursday 24th- 25th May) two whole days where every lesson, break time and after school club will have a focus on fostering positive engagements and friendships at school.
During Wellbeing Within, students will be encouraged to award Gratitude Points to their classmates or teachers who have made a positive difference to their life at school.
Ex-TV presenter and Psychiatrist Dr Farhana Mann – Will talk to students about Loneliness in an effort to address the isolation and negative feelings engendered by what Headmistress, Suzie Longstaff calls “anti-social media”.
Suzie Longstaff, Headmistress, said: “School is a wonderfully positive opportunity, where many form friendships and support networks for life. Sadly in the age of social media, we’re hearing more and more how young people are feeling increasingly lonely, insecure and inadequate. School is the perfect place to invest time in genuine connections and meaningful relationships every day. It’s our job to help students foster these relationships and give them tools for life. To help young people to step out into the real world and overcome these challenges with confidence.”
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About Putney High School
Putney High School is one of the UK’s leading schools, a spirited, ambitious and innovative community in which pupils are stretched, challenged and supported inside the classroom and beyond.
About Suzie Longstaff, Headmistress, Putney High School
Twenty years ago, Suzie Longstaff had a successful sporting career as Cox of the British Olympic VIII, coxing amongst others the great Dame Katherine Grainger to her first World Championship medal. Since then she has been immersed in the world of education and is now Headmistress of Putney High School GDST, a leading and energetic girls’ day school in London.
Suzie’s background in music, economics, computing, sport and education have provided a rich tapestry of experience on which she draws daily in a vibrant school where innovation, intellectual challenge and spirit flourish.
For further information and to call for interviews, photographs, or to attend the event, please contact Samantha Hazlehurst on 020 8266 3968 or email firstname.lastname@example.org