Children’s Mental Health Week is promoting the theme of Being Brave this year and our assembly was a fantastic opportunity to remind ourselves of Thrive in Five and all the strategies we already use at Grimsdell to be Brave – with the result being ‘smiles in our tummies’ and ‘sunshine in our brains’.
…But we can’t stay in the mud forever….here’s what we can do:
I then shared with the children that when I need to find some comfort I love taking care of my cats and stroking them. I love hearing them purr and knowing they are happy, which makes me happy too!
The children remembered that a year ago I brought them into school as kittens and then…lo and behold. They came into the assembly again! Mr Simon brought them into the hall in their cat carriers and everyone gasped at how much they had grown. It was lovely to start Children’s Mental Health Week in this way.
Yeti and Cloud
On Thursday this week everyone (including the teachers) wore an item of clothing inside out in recognition of Inside Out Day. The gesture is a simple representation that how we are feeling on the inside is not always how we appear on the outside.
This little apple graphic shows beautifully how sometimes we can put on a mask and that it is important to ask people how they are feeling and check in with them, so that they know people are always there to support.