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Mental Health Enrichment Day sees pupils take a break from normal lessons

Rugby Editorial 23rd May, 2024   0

A BREAK from the norm saw students at a Rugby secondary school throw themselves into a range of activities ranging from physical challenges to artistic expression.

Year 7 to 10 students at Harris Church of England Academy departed from their usual timetables to immerse themselves in experiences aimed at promoting mental well-being, resilience and inclusivity as part of a Mental Health Enrichment Day.

A disability-accessible climbing wall gave the students the chance to scale new heights and overcome personal challenges.

A disability-accessible climbing wall gave them the chance to scale new heights and overcome personal challenges, in the name of fostering self-confidence and resilience.

Samba and Japanese drumming gave them a rhythmic outlet for creative expression and cultural appreciation, as well as instilling teamwork and coordination.

The students were also guided through mindfulness practices and relaxation techniques during a yoga session, to cultivate inner peace and build stress management skills.

They also embraced the spirit of camaraderie and athleticism offered by a cheerleading session, which was led by a local club.

An introduction to the sport of lacrosse promoted physical fitness, teamwork, and strategic thinking.

Boxing and martial arts sessions engaged the pupils in empowering physical activities while also breaking stereotypes and showcasing inclusivity, with the sessions led by a former member of Harris staff turned successful boxing coach, and a martial arts instructor who coaches from his wheelchair.

Wheelchair basketball and rugby sessions helped to promote empathy, understanding and inclusivity.

The students also took part in wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby, promoting empathy, understanding and inclusivity.

And a piece of large-scale art which students worked on together during last year’s Mental Health Enrichment Day won a competition run by Coventry Cathedral, and is now on display in the Cathedral.

Head Teacher Roberta Harrison said: “The Mental Health Enrichment Day allowed us to provide a diverse range of experiences that not only promote physical and mental health but also nurture resilience, empathy, and inclusivity.

“Seeing our students fully engaged and enjoying themselves in such a supportive environment was truly rewarding.”

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