Healthy Minds and Healthy Bodies

Helen Jeffery, Head of Secondary

At this point in the academic year, students are usually eagerly anticipating the school’s scheduled ‘Week Without Walls’.  This annual event is planned to develop student exposure to culture, outside adventure learning, and service.  Due to obvious pandemic restrictions, however, this year’s event cannot take place.

At this point in the academic year, students are usually eagerly anticipating the school’s scheduled ‘Week Without Walls’.  This annual event is planned to develop student exposure to culture, outside adventure learning, and service.  Due to obvious pandemic restrictions, however, this year’s event cannot take place.

In place of ‘Week Without Walls’, the Middle School invited students in Grades 6 to 8,  to participate, and benefit from, a series of activities intended to develop their social skills, physical health, well-being and leadership skills.  In providing a ‘Digital Detox Day’ – a period of time when students/teachers refrained from using tech devices such as smartphones, laptops, tablet and social media sites – students were invited to let go of the stress that stems from constant connectivity.  Rather, they focused on experiencing activities intended to support their mental health and physical well-being. 

This was the school’s first ‘Healthy Minds and Healthy Bodies’ Day and it followed on from Secondary’s first Parent Forum on the same topic led by Ms. Jen, the school’s counsellor.

Throughout the ‘off schedule’ and digital devices, the students participated in a number of experiential and therapeutic activities such as meditation; the art form of zentangles; arts-and-crafts; yoga; nutrition and well-being; the exploration of animal-assisted therapies; upcycling crafts; a D(rop) E(verything) A(nd) R(ead) session; and many more.  Outside speakers were invited to lead sessions on tai chi and to share their expertise on nutrition and well-being.  G11 students, under the direction of the PHE teachers, arranged a series of outdoor games. All activities were planned in line with the school’s Covid-19 safety regulations.