Learning the Value of Wellbeing
Headmaster's Weekly Update
The value of an early morning run, or a pleasant walk in the countryside armed with camera and picnic, has certainly been brought home to me this week during our Mental Health Week activities. My three walks with parents and children have been simply wonderful, catching the enthusiasm and interest of our young people as they discover new and exciting things. My two mile run left me a long way behind Mr Capuano, Mr King and our Junior School runners and proved far more challenging but equally enjoyable. The company of Mrs Herbert and our prefect volunteers in bringing up the rear was very pleasant. We have certainly benefited from an expert programme in the Junior School organised by Mrs Saghri and Mrs Pearson. This has provided sessions from the Chartwells nutritionist; St John’s for Emergency First Aid; Road Safety Heroes; Crazy Bikes; Bertie Butterfly Internet Safety; School Nurse for personal hygiene, dental health, sun safety and safe medicines; and an expert on the use and application of essential oils. Special thanks must be expressed to some parents who freely supported the events in a professional capacity; Mrs Thatcher who led a workshop on mental health and Dr Timmins who provided Year 5 and 6 with an insight into the science of the brain. There has also been a focus on physical activity with sessions on yoga, drumming, mindfulness and a visit from Virgin Active trainers for physical fitness. Whilst The Happy Child Agency provided a Junior School assembly on emotional wellbeing, Pacesetters followed up on last week’s Parent Information Evening with a session for Senior School students on the importance of looking after both our minds and bodies. The whole school joined together in donating items for our Nearly New Sale that was organised by the prefects and raised more than £300 in aid of MIND. All donated items will be put towards our charity effort and we are extremely grateful to everyone that contributed. Mrs Stone had already demonstrated the value of drumming and yoga before organising the Tea Time Concert that wonderfully demonstrated the importance of music and the arts for healthy living. I now look forward to viewing the Jackson Pollock wallpaper produced by our Junior School as their creative art project led by Miss Howard. Today is our Random Acts of Kindness Day when we are all challenged to think of others and make an effort to support and help others as an appropriate end to a healthy week. I have already enjoyed a cup of tea and a bar of chocolate, but as yet nobody has washed my car! Perhaps the nicest act of kindness came from prefect Connor in Q10 who noticed one Junior School boy desperate to buy something on the nearly new sale, but without the required money, Connor bought it for him as a means of both donating to charity and a gesture of kindness. A great example to us all.
Today we also welcomed the MP for Northampton South, Andrew Lewer, MBE. Mrs Moss, as Exceptional Potential Co-ordinator, hosted a Question and Answer session with Year 7 students and Mr Lewer. Our Year 7 trip to the Houses of Parliament in November provided a stimulus for the questions and our students discovered a great deal about the life of an MP. We are delighted that Mr Lewer’s Office will be looking to book another trip to Parliament for next year’s Year 7 cohort.