20th January 2020 — Wellbeing Week at Dulwich Prep Cranbrook provided the children with a number of activities on offer to promote a sense of wellbeing including yoga, art, sewing and singing; alongside visiting speakers and events. The aim of pastoral care at Dulwich is simple, everything is focused on helping the children believe in themselves, to flourish in the classroom and thrive as individuals and be active members of the school community. Inspired by the theme of #ChildrensMentalHealth Week, Dulwich are encouraging the children to #Findyourbrave. Bravery can be sharing worries and asking for help, trying something new and pushing yourself outside your comfort zone. Finding your Brave can be about building your confidence and self-esteem and make you feel good about yourself.
The whole school joined together for the ‘Big Sing’, sharing the joy of music as a community. An ambitious upcycling sewing project kept everyone busy, transforming old clothes into stylish shoulder bags. The Art department painted pebbles to be hidden in the school grounds for a treasure hunt, as well as creating a large mural inspired by nature. Childnet, the non-profit organisation that helps makes the internet a great and safe place for children, led sessions both with parents and children. An active Football Fun day rounded off the week, raising funds for Football Beyond Borders, a charity which uses football to support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Activities for parents included talks about Managing the Transition to Senior School, and sessions on Anxiety and How to Manage it, both organised in conjunction with leading children’s mental health charity Place2Be. Dulwich have their own dedicated Place2Be team based permanently in school, available for one to one counselling and small group drop in sessions. Children also make use of the informal Place2Talk sessions where they can talk freely about friendship issues, self-esteem and anxiety.
Headmaster Paul David commented: "The happiness of children is our top priority, and Wellbeing Week shines a light on our commitment to a very proactive approach towards mental health. We are constantly striving to improve our strong support networks, access to experts, open communication and to develop a close, compassionate community."
Dulwich Prep Cranbrook are hosting the Mental Health Champions Training for School Leaders, run by Place2Be, supporting School Leaders to bring about strategic change to create 'mentally healthy' schools. Dulwich has pledged to promote the importance of a focus on positive mental health throughout our local community, supporting local school and youth leaders with the opportunity for expert mental health training.