Today sees the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, with this year’s theme being ‘Nature’. Throughout the week, during lessons, Terra Nova pupils will be discussing ways in which nature can help us to improve our mental health.
“Nature has a unique ability to not only bring consolation in times of stress, but also increase our creativity, empathy and a sense of wonder. It turns out that it is not just being in nature but how we open ourselves up and interact with nature that counts. We will show that even small contacts with nature can reduce feelings of social isolation and be effective in protecting our mental health, and preventing distress.”
– Mental Health Foundation
At Terra Nova School we are fortunate to be surrounded by 35 acres of grounds that are full of nature and pupils of all ages spend a great deal of time in the great outdoors. Our youngest children visit our expansive Forest School weekly as part of their academic routine and thrive in our rural surroundings.
To mark Mental Health Awareness Week we would like to not just be in nature but also to notice nature and the positive effects it has on our mindset and feelings. To encourage this our staff have created ‘Being in Nature’ a Terra Nova house competition.
Our pupils’ task is to design a poster, bearing in mind a brief they will receive via email. Once they have designed their poster they should include it in a photograph with themselves surrounded by nature. Pupils will also have the option to interpret the brief via a song, poem or performance. We are also encouraging our pupils to spend time in the great outdoors, whether it be enjoying a picnic, going on a walk, participating in sports or getting creative in the garden.
As always with Terra Nova house competitions, there will be house points up for grabs- with 20 for the overall winner and 15/10/5 for runners up. Each entry will receive 2 house points and the house with the most entries will be awarded a huge 40 house points!
All entries should be sent to email@example.com
The closing date for entries is Sunday 16th May.
"The students' Mental Health at Terra Nova is paramount. By allowing the students to feel at ease with themselves, and others, the school creates a positive learning environment. The school has a range of strategies in place to facilitate good mental health in both students and staff."
-Mr Teague, Year 3 Teacher
The Mental Health Foundation website provides many resources and advice regarding mental health: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/your-mental-health