Prep staff raise Children’s Mental Health Week awareness
February 4, 2021

Although they often seem oblivious, Children’s Mental Health Week also brings into focus the stresses and strains on the youngest members of the Rydal Penrhos community.

Even if they might not show it at times, happily going about their new routines without a care in the world, looking after young children’s mental health during such a period of disruption amid the COVID-19 lockdowns over the last year has been vital. They are often the most adjustable of all thanks to their lack of knowledge on the topic, but not seeing friends, family or attending school has no doubt affected them all in their own way.

That is why Children’s Mental Health Week is more important than ever. At Rydal Penrhos Prep School, this remains front and centre of everybody’s thoughts regarding the approach to learning in the midst of what appears to be an ever-changing situation and something that is monitored closely and often discussed.

Even more so this week, with staff coming up with a series of activities and events that put across the importance of mental health and wellbeing, with this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week focusing on the topic of expressing yourself.

How Rydal Penrhos Prep School staff are promoting CMHW.

Monday’s Prep School virtual assembly featuring the Reverend Nick Sissons emphasised the need to focus on strong health and wellbeing in our day-to-day lives.

His Pre-Prep assembly on Thursday also brought a similar message, which came with the assistance of the ever-popular Rydal the Dragon voicing the need to speak about specific feelings and problems.

As part of the Prep School’s usual in-class activities both for keyworker children on-site at Rydal Penrhos and during remote learning, there have been extra activities on Mental Health throughout the week, including what it means to be happy or sad and highlighting the benefits of sharing your worries.

“A problem shared is a problem halved.”

Things are not easy at the moment. But everyone at Rydal Penrhos is striving to ensure that each child continues to develop both academically, spiritually and with their usual activities as much as possible despite the current climate preventing face-to-face interaction that is also so vital for growth.

We are so proud of our parents for not only their assistance in online learning, but their essential feedback to make the process even more helpful. This is a sentiment echoed by Education Minister Kirsty Williams, who delivered a special message to adults across the country in recognition of their ability to adjust during an unprecedented period of disruption.

For our Prep School pupils, the end might be in sight with the quick roll out of vaccines and decreasing COVID-19 cases. So keep going and know that your incredible commitment is appreciated!

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