As a society we are becoming more and more aware of the importance of our mental health in the same way that we are conscious of our physical health, and this is something that is gaining greater focus in schools. At Lambrook this week, we have been encouraging our children to have healthy minds; to make the right decisions when it comes to food, to reduce screen time, and instead, to exercise and spend time outside. We have also been enabling our children to take the time to talk to each other and to adults. 

As you will see from my letter sent earlier today, research has shown that the more support we can offer our children when they are young, the fewer mental health problems occur when they are adults. I am delighted to be able to be part of the team of Prep School Heads joining together to raise funds for Place2be; a charity who enable this mental health support within schools across the country. Exercise is often the first thing to slip when we are busy, but it is so important for our mental wellbeing. Already, I am benefitting enormously from being forced to train (it is already rather competitive between the other Heads!) and also, being able to talk openly to these Heads, who are in a similar position to me.

Tomorrow, we have the next of our parenting lectures on ‘Building Resilient Children’ given by Dr Rosemary Taylor. Rosemary is a highly regarded author on neurological research, particularly of young minds, and I would encourage you to come and hear her speak on how understanding the development of the brain will enable us to support our children all the better during these essential early years.

The forecast is looking rather mixed for this coming weekend; however I hope that amidst all that is happening in the school calendar, including sport and the summer party, you will also be able to spend some quality time with the family; to do so is especially good for our mental health.

 

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