Embley held its first Wellbeing Week just before half term. Pupils, staff and parents enjoyed five days of activities including a selection of external experts leading workshops for pupils and parents, assemblies and extra activities during lunchtimes and after school.
Our external speakers included Peter Hall who provided an insightful talk on drug and alcohol addiction, stimulating a lively debate among students in the Senior School regarding this important subject. Following the workshop students commented: “It was very inspiring and impactful.” and “It was really good to hear someone’s story and opened up people’s minds.”
After Alicia Drummond’s series of talks for students and parents about teenage risk taking and strategies to keep safe, our students said: “It was really useful as it has made me more aware about what I should do when I’m older.” “It made me realise how drugs and alcohol can affect your body.” “It really helped me understand the risk of taking drugs.”
‘The Favour Factor’ nutrition show for Prep and Senior School pupils provided healthy eating workshops and challenges. During PSHE lessons students designed a cup sleeve complete with kind and inspiring compliments or quotes. Each student collected their ‘Cup of Kindness’ in the Atherley Hall and received a surprise complimentary hot chocolate, which spread joy and warmth to all!
We also welcomed Dave Gibson to talk to students and parents about sleep. “I now know why sleep is so important” and “the talk provided lots of interesting and applicable advice,” said students after the talk.
Other activities included yoga, mini-massage, a film club, lunchtime walks and mindfulness events. We look forward to running another Wellbeing Week next year.