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Five Steps to Mental Wellbeing



Being a pupil at Kent College Prep School is good for your health!

In 2016 the NHS set out what they call the ‘Five Steps to Mental Wellbeing’ - essentially five things that, according to research, can really help to boost our mental wellbeing.

? Connect – connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships.

? Be active – take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football.

? Keep learning – learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence.

? Give to others – even the smallest act can count, whether it's a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering at your local community centre, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks.

? Be mindful – be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness "mindfulness". It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.

When you consider these ‘five things’ in the context of daily life at Kent College Prep School – the opportunities, activities and atmosphere of the school, is it any wonder that for the most part, our girls are in such a positive frame of mind?

Singing as part of a choir is a brilliant way of ticking most of the above boxes, which is part of the reason I am so delighted that we now have weekly Whole School Choir sessions running in the Prep School!

? Singing as part of a choir engenders a sense of belonging and connection with the wider community. It is an inclusive activity, which encourages and strengthens relationships with those around us.

? Singing is an aerobic activity that exercises the major muscle groups in the upper body. It increases oxygen levels in the blood as well as endorphins. It strengthens core muscles and teaches breathing discipline.

? When you sing in a choir, you are always learning. Learning new songs and exercises and singing technique. Singers can gain enormous satisfaction in their achievements, especially when performing what they have learnt to others!

? Deep breathing exercises in choir rehearsals help us to become more aware of ourselves as we learn to control our breathing and discipline our bodies. We ‘find our voice’ and have mindful moments of reflection when considering the lyrics we are singing.

Under the guidance of Mr Kent-Davies, our Senior School Director of Music, all of our girls from Reception through to Year 6 now gather on a Tuesday morning, before classes begin, to learn vocal technique and sing together as a massed choir. These fun and interactive sessions are a brilliant way of starting the day as our girls effectively have a ‘brain gym’ workout. It has been wonderful to hear the sound of the girls singing as it echoes down the hallways of the school.

Posted: 12/03/2018 at 15:00
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