Children's Mental Health Week 2023

Raising awareness of Place2Be Children's Mental Health Week, pupils from across the College have been participating in a range of activities and assemblies.

In our Junior School school assembly P1-P7 pupils were urged to think about the positive connections they have in their lives and what connecting with others means to them. Throughout February, Primary 3 are creating combined health and wellbeing lessons called Friendly, Fun, February Fridays! These planned lessons create more opportunities for the pupils to have fun and complete challenges including ice breaker activities, logical thinking tasks and a word search challenge with a difference.

Mrs Johnson, Deputy Head of Junior School shared: “This year's theme for Mental Health Week links well with our programme ‘Building Resilience’ which ensures that children develop the knowledge and understanding, skills and practical strategies to help them cope with the ups and downs of everyday lives.”

Our Senior School Sports Captains recorded short videos which were presented at assemblies this week, sharing how sport has given them the opportunity to make meaningful connections with others and how this has positively supported their mental health. Pupils have also been participating in the ‘Dress to Express’ initiative during their Sport afternoon at Countesswells. 

Mrs Willetts, Head of Guidance said: "The theme ‘Let's Connect’ allowed us to explore all the different ways we connect with each other at Robert Gordon's. We explored sport, co-curricular clubs and our ethos of service here at the College. 

"Our PSE programme centres around respect and builds on the importance of positive mental health, healthy relationships and connection. S1 are currently exploring what it means to have healthy relationships in PSE, while S3 and S4 covered ways in which they might volunteer and the many benefits this brings. The Gordonian community is extensive with positive connections at the heart of what we do. I look forward to seeing how our pupils will continue to build on their connections this week and throughout their time at the College."