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Health and Wellbeing Week 2018

9 February 2018 | Tagged: Senior School, Events, School Community

Senior School pupils and staff this week took the time to feed both body and mind as part of an enjoyable and entertaining Health and Wellbeing Week.

Everybody was inspired by the eclectic range of fascinating speakers at morning assemblies. Corrine Hutton, amputee and founder of the Finding Your Feet charity, talked to pupils and staff about her incredible story and the important work her charity does, while Carrie Gibson discussed the incredible mental strength she had to show in order to become only the fifth Scottish woman to summit Mount Everest.

Nathalie Jones, a Glasgow Dietician, talked to pupils about teenage nutrition and the important role nutrition can play in good mental health, while Adam Ashe of Glasgow Warriors and Scottish international rugby fame took the time to discuss mental health in sport. The week was brought to an end with an energetic assembly from the PE Department, who encouraged pupils (and staff) to give up their inhibitions to ‘drop everything and dance’.

Firewalk 2018

S6 pupils and some members of staff took part in an evening organised by HeadStrong. Mr Brian Costello took pupils through two nerve-testing exercises - Participants began with a trust exercise in which an arrow placed against the windpipe was broken with a sharp thrust, before moving on to the ‘Walk of Champions’ Firewalk in which pupils and staff learned to put mind over matter and walk barefoot over hot coals.

Elsewhere, during lunchtimes throughout the week, pupils enthusiastically took part in taster sessions to encourage exercise as a tool to promote positive mental health. Pupils enjoyed a variety of activities including Krav Maga, Yoga, Rowing and Metafit. 

The School Library encouraged pupils and staff to 'choose kind' and leave positive literary quotes on their 'Wonder Wall', while, as part of Safer Internet Day for 2018, the Computing Department encouraged pupils to take up a Digital Wellbeing Challenge, with this year's theme of 'Create, Connect and Share Respect'. Some of their challenges were written onto posters and placed on the Digital Wellbeing wall.

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