Supporting Positive Mental Health And Wellbeing
Recognition of World Mental Health Day this week gave our community a school-wide opportunity to reflect on what mental wellbeing means, its importance, and how we look after ourselves and each other. While being mindful of mental health is an everyday occurrence, rather than a one-off event, the day was a powerful reminder of how important it is for us to talk and listen with care and empathy.
Mental wellbeing issues can manifest themselves in many ways, and adopting a community-wide approach matters. Understanding what mental health is and how to look after it matters. Looking out for each other and knowing who to talk - whether a peer or a trusted adult - matters. Understanding mental well being, learning to recognize warning signs in both ourselves and others, and being able to talk about how we feel are skills for life and developing them at school is an important part of our students’ life long learning journey.
Research linking physical activity with enhanced mental health and wellbeing is well documented. Participation in sports can positively affect self-esteem, reduce stress levels, and help develop grit, determination and resilience. All important factors in contributing to mental health and well being.
From Prep Reception onwards, participation in physical education is an integral component of school life at ISKL. Every morning as I enter the school gates I am greeted by the sight of our students engaged in sporting activities on our astroturf fields. I see not only physical activity but also collaboration, camaraderie and commitment. These are attributes that are developed and practiced by students of every age, every week on the track and trail, court and course, pitch and pool, before and after school, and over the weekend.
The opportunities to learn outside the classroom are invaluable in supporting our students to “be all they are” - whether digging deep and achieving a personal best on the climbing wall, playing a fun game of four square with friends, or making new connections at an IASAS tournament. These experiences are so important in helping our students explore their passions and interests, and develop character attributes, attitudes and memories that will stay with them for life.
Yours in collaboration and learning,
Head of School