Prep Headmaster's Blog: Happiness depends on ourselves

This week across the whole Prep School, we have celebrated ‘Wellbeing’ and Mindfulness week’. It dovetails seamlessly with the Action for Happiness, ‘Optimistic October’ Calendar, which we continue to focus on, on a daily basis.

As you will probably know ‘wellbeing’ is right at the heart of our pastoral care. Nowhere more strongly is this felt than at the Wellbeing Centre, Located right at the hub of the school, where all members of our community can access resources and seek respite. Aristotle once said that ‘Happiness depends on ourselves’. This still rings true in today’s ever-quickening world where wellbeing is not a given in life, but needs to be worked on as much as physical.  Our PSHE lessons continually focus on this vital aspect of our lives and our mindfulness programme in the Prep School as given hundreds of our children the strategies and support we all need to remain mentally well and strong. This week we also hosted a Mindfulness Breakfast for Dads. It was great to see so many come along and take part in a session, as well as enjoy a cup of coffee and a bacon roll. This ran alongside our weekly parent’s class which a number of parents already attend.

League Music rehearsals are now in full swing and you can sense the competition building in the corridors! I am very grateful to Mrs Atkins for presenting the Digital Safety Information Evening for Parents last night in Ross Hall on ‘messaging’. I hope that those who attended found it informative and useful.

Year 7 and 8 have today been treated to the Paralympian and Inspirational speaker, Andy Barrow, who spoke to them on ‘Taking the Opportunity’. I won’t spoil the content as I know a lot of you are attending his Butler Lecture tonight.
I would like to congratulate all our rugby and hockey players, as well as our swimmers, in their endeavours this week at various fixtures. I would also like to wish our footballers, girls’ hockey players and boys’ rugby players the very best of luck in their respective matches and tournaments over the course of this weekend.

Finally, back to our wellbeing and ‘making a difference’ to those around us. Friday’s suggestion on the optimistic October Calendar is to ‘focus on a positive change that you want to see in society’. That would serve us all very well indeed!

Have a good week

Simon James



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