As part of World Mental Health Day on 10 October, we welcomed Jill Elston from Christians in Schools Trust to our assembly to talk to staff and pupils about looking after their minds.
Jill talked about how people often place lots of emphasis on keeping their bodies healthy but often overlook caring for their minds. She discussed the concept of creating a 'mind apple' where people could list their 5-a-day for the mind to plan how to keep it healthy.
Jill provided some great ideas for 'mind apples' including watching the clouds, reading, physical activity, sleep, spending time with friends and enjoying some quiet time alone. Pupils then put some of the ideas to the test with Year 5 spending a few minutes in the playground to look at the clouds and the trees and to listen to the birds. Other pupils spent time dancing and listening to music.
Headteacher, Mrs Johnson, then worked with Jill to prepare her own 'mind apple' so pupils could see how easy it was to do. Pupils were keen to produce their own 'mind apples' and had some great ideas of how to ensure they cared for their minds as well as their bodies.