The Perse School

What makes you happy? The Prep celebrates happiness, teamwork and resilience

12 Feb 2018

Mental Health Awareness Week was marked at the Prep by two special days during which children took part in a carousel of exciting, entertaining and thought-provoking activities. African drumming, Kung Fu, dance aerobics and raft building all promoted teamwork and resilience. Sessions about critical thinking, happiness and a wonderful range of art and craft activities encouraged children to think about their emotions and the importance of achieving a healthy balance of work and play in their everyday lives.  A highlight of the week was welcoming back Miss McDonnell who led some wonderful sessions about mindfulness.

‘Failure defeats losers but inspires winners!’ Emma Jones, teacher at the Upper, launched the Mental Health Awareness activity days with an inspiring and uplifting assembly about how to turn failure into success.  Emma gave examples of famous people from all walks of life who had overcome setbacks to achieve remarkable success in their professional lives.  Children were taught the importance of developing a positive mind-set and resilience.

African drumming was a popular session during which children learned about the historical background of the dJembe, a drum from Ghana, and they performed an impressive variety of rhythms on the drums themselves. This culminated in a whole school musical finale in which every pupil performed with their class.  In addition, Cambridge Kung Fu taught children the important skills of resilience, focus, awareness and integration though a variety of entertaining games.

Year 6 children particularly enjoyed creating imaginative animated pocket books using fingerprint characters to demonstrate a range of different emotions.

The whole school aerobics created a memorable finale for the week. Children enjoyed learning the routine in their form groups before performing it together as a school.  The sense of unity and community shone on the faces of pupils and teachers alike, as they took part in the brilliant dance routine led by Mrs Wilson.

The wonderful way in which all the children and staff embraced the wide variety of activities is a tribute to the unique atmosphere of the Prep – a place where children’s happiness is paramount.

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