30th June 2020 — Shiplake College pupils and staff took time to reflect on their own physical and mental health last week, during Wellbeing Week, and were treated to a very special virtual guest - Mr Motivator!
Organised by Revd Chris Briggs and supported by staff across the school, the week was all about encouraging pupils to assemble a toolkit for good mental health by trying something new, such as meditation, yoga, exercise or prayer each morning and then reflect in the afternoon by doing something they love, or just having some downtime.
On Monday, the theme was 'Be Inspired'. The Headmaster Mr Howe, started the morning with an interview with Old Viking and Olympic Gold Rower, Will Satch, who talked about his own journey to becoming the person he is. In the afternoon, pupils were encouraged to offer kindness to someone.
On Tuesday, the theme was 'Be Prayerful'. The Rev led the morning session with prayers for loved ones lost in the Covid Pandemic and for those who may be isolating at home. The afternoon was about getting creative.
Suzi Griffiths introduced the Wednesday morning session with a live introduction to Yoga for the ‘Be Calm’ theme, to warm us up for the day ahead. In the afternoon, pupils were encouraged to 'Be You' and develop something they really love to do.
On Thursday Dr Gemma Prata introduced us to meditation for the 'Be Still' theme. Meditation can help people to unwind and destress, and it can also help us to stop, take some time and be in the moment. In the afternoon pupils were encouraged to 'Be Mindful' and be thankful for all we have.
The week was finished off in style with an exercise session hosted by TV fitness legend Mr Motivator. He led a 10 minute exercise session and then gave a motivational talk about how exercise can help with wellbeing and physical and mental health.
Rev Chris Briggs said: "I hope everyone enjoyed the week as much as I did, and that they took something away from it. It was great to see so many getting involved. Lockdown has been a challenging time for many of us, so looking after our wellbeing is more important now than ever before. We are all learning for life, and this toolkit is an important support for good mental health. I am really looking forward to seeing everyone again next term and I hope to run more events like these for pupils and staff in the College calendar."
All of the Wellbeing Week sessions are available on the Wellbeing Week Playlist on the Shiplake YouTube Channel.