King’s High to hold Festival of Wellbeing

King’s High to hold Festival of Wellbeing

5 March 2019

Natasha Devon MBE, the writer and mental health campaigner, will talk on ‘Social ideals, identity and mental health,’ ‘How to deal with anxiety and stress’, and self-esteem. Leading choir, Ex Cathedra are holding ‘Wellbeing through music’ sessions, and there will be pop-up lunchtime clubs for mindful colouring, journaling, and art for wellbeing.

Pupils take a lead on wellbeing at King’s. They set up their own teams of Wellbeing Ambassadors, and Cyber Mentors, who raise awareness and give talks to fellow pupils and parents. The Ambassador teams train with the Diana Award, the late Princess Diana’s charity, and fourteen-year-old pupil, Gigi has been appointed to the Diana Award National Youth Board. Gigi and her fellow pupils were invited by local radio to share online safety advice on Safer Internet Day.

Within school, the girls promote wellbeing through a well-orchestrated campaign of posters and digital messages, which they create, design, and photograph themselves, and distribute around school. They lead assemblies and support national initiatives, such as National Anti-Bullying Week. King’s has a Wellbeing Mentor, an experienced counsellor, whose door is always open, and there is a popular series of wellbeing clubs, where girls meet to do origami, knit, and just enjoy the simple pleasures of making something.

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