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A Head for Heights

As part of Place2Be charity's Children's Mental Health Week, the school was delighted to welcome a mobile climbing wall on site.  The theme this year is 'Find your Brave'.

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge is Royal Patron of Place2Be and sent a special message supporting this year's Children's Mental Health Week, 'For many children today, the world can feel a scary and daunting place.  While we might not always feel brave inside, even the smalles act, such as sharing a worry or asking for help, can be incredibly courageous.  Helping children to feel confident about seeking support can have a transformational impact on their lives.'

Children's Mental Health Week focuses on the importance of children and young people's wellbeing.  Bravery comes in all shapes and sizes and means different things to different people.

The pupils at Mary Hare have learnt about the different ways that bravery can be identified.  It could be trying something new and testing your own limits, or having the confidence to speak up and about worries or asking for help.

150 pupils  took part in the climbing wall .  They all said that it tested their limits and made them feel brave after having given it a go.

With one in five children being directly affected by mental health, the benefits of challenges such as climbing  are  huge.

Head of PE, Miss Colby and Wellbeing Coordinator Miss Hadley said, 'we are so proud of all the young people finding their 'brave' today.  We have had a lot of laughter, courage and fun.  It is so important to think about our mental health as much as our physical healgh.  Can we do this every day please?!'