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Health and Wellbeing Week 2019

Pupils and staff enjoyed another successful Health and Wellbeing Week at the Senior School just prior to the February break.

Assemblies throughout the week covered a number of areas and activities which can help aid an individual's physical and mental wellbeing. Two representatives from Diabetes UK, National Director, Angela Mitchell, and Communications Manager, Martin Shannon, enjoyed Monday's assembly by Transitus on the topic of Diabetes before awarding the School the Good Diabetes Care in School Award.

The IT Department took over on Tuesday, while other assemblies throughout the week included visits from former pupil Amanda MacLeod on the importance of Music to mental wellbeing, Maurice Donohue, the COO of The Sporting Memories Foundation Scotland, on the benefits of exercise to physical and mental wellbeing, and stand-up comedian Stephen Halkett, who had all in the Assembly Hall in stitches to bring the week's assemblies to a close.

The School also welcomed a prestigious guest on Tuesday evening as Professor Sir Harry Burns, Professor of Global Public Health at the University of Strathclyde, spoke with parents and pupils on "What causes wellness". You can watch his lecture below

A number of fun activities engaged the Senior School community throughout the week, with something on offer for everyone. Monday's Krav Maga self defence taster session was followed by the more sedate Peer Hub the following day, along with the chance to have the tension worked out with shoulder and neck massages in the Health and Wellbeing Centre. 

Pupils once again relished the chance to meet the dogs (and the volunteers!) of Canine Concern Scotland's Therapet service on Wednesday, while Sixth Year pupils took part in the Firewalk, organised by HeadStrong and Mr Brian Costello. 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 they learned to put mind over matter and walk barefoot over hot coals.

The week's activities finished on a 'kind' note as a 'Creating Kindness' workshop saw pupils create cards to show their appreciation for someone, while hundreds of thankful messages were left on the School Library's giant 'Thank You' card for the NHS on its 70th Birthday. The card was on display in the Foyer throughout the week and will now be delivered to a local NHS unit to show the High School's appreciation for all the NHS does.


The Junior School will be following in the Senior Schools's footsteps by hosting their own Health and Wellbeing Week, beginning on Monday 4th March.

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