Headteacher’s blog 10.05.2024

Shwmae, and welcome back to the Headteacher’s Blog. Next week is Mental Health Awareness Week and with this year’s theme being ‘Movement’ we wanted to share some tips on how you can move more for your mental health and pinpoint some support that is available to you in and out of school.

Mental Health Awareness Week

Movement is important for our mental health. But so many of us struggle to move enough. We know there are many different reasons for this, so this Mental Health Awareness Week we want to help people to find moments for movement in their daily routines. Going for a walk in your neighbourhood, putting on your favourite music and dancing around the living room, chair exercises when you’re watching television – it all counts!

Sweat the Stress Away

Physical activity has a magical way of melting away stress. When you get your body moving, your brain releases feel-good chemicals called endorphins, which act like natural mood lifters. So, the next time you’re feeling frazzled or overwhelmed, lace up those trainers and hit the pavement for a stress-busting run or crank up the tunes and dance like nobody’s watching.

Boost Your Mood

Studies have shown that regular physical activity can help alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression, leaving you feeling happier and more balanced. Whether it’s a brisk walk in nature, a sweaty gym session, or a fun game of football with friends, moving your body is like giving your mood a much-needed boost.

Clear Your Mind

Ever notice how your thoughts seem to flow more freely when you’re out for a walk or a jog? That’s because physical activity has a way of clearing the mental clutter and sharpening your focus. Whether you’re grappling with a tricky math problem or just need to brainstorm some ideas, a quick workout can help you hit the mental reset button and come back feeling refreshed and ready to tackle whatever life throws your way.

Connect with Others

Exercise isn’t just good for your body and mind; it’s also a fantastic way to connect with others. Whether you’re joining a sports team, taking a fitness class, or simply going for a walk with a friend, physical activity provides the perfect opportunity to bond with others and strengthen your social connections. And we all know that a strong support network is key to maintaining good mental health.

Make it Fun

Not everyone loves sweating it out at the gym or pounding the pavement. But here’s the thing: physical activity doesn’t have to be a chore. The key is to find something you enjoy, whether it’s dancing, hiking, swimming, or playing a sport. The more fun you have, the more likely you are to stick with it, and the greater the mental health benefits you’ll reap.

Make sure to check out the Enrichment and Wellbeing Friday activities to find plenty of clubs you can join to move more… 

Wellbeing Friday’s
Use your early finish on a Friday as an excuse to move more and book into one of our Wellbeing Friday clubs. 

Click the link below to access our lates Enrichment Booklet that is filled with plenty of opportunities to help you move more for your mental health. 



If you or someone you know needs support with their mental health, here are some of the people you can speak to in school and some of the resources you can access outside of school.

In school support

If you are struggling and need support you can speak with any member of staff in school. Alongside the help and support from your Form Tutor and Head of House we also have multiple members of staff in school who are there to help with specific support. These are: 

Peer on Peer support

Sometimes you might find it easier to speak with one of your fellow pupils. That is why we have plenty of options for you to seek out peer on peer support. Any of these groups are available to support you. 

Information and support

Click on the text to access the website