St Mary’s Children Give to Others to Help Their Wellbeing

St Mary’s School marked their school’s group; Cognita’s Be Well Day last Thursday with a number of initiatives both in school and in the community.  This year’s theme was connecting and giving.

The day started off with a whole school outdoor fitness exercise class followed by a visit from Emma Clark Lam and Sam Jonkers from Care4Calais a charity working in Northern France helping refugees from war-torn countries stranded in a terrible humanitarian crisis less than 30 miles from British shores.  The children made welcome cards for the charity’s refugee families.

Year 1 then went to visit Henley Manor Care home in Mill Lane to provide some entertainment to the residents.  They sang two songs New Day Blues and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star which the residents joined in.  Alejandra then recited a poem about a rabbit in Spanish before translating it into English.  She then played the violin beautifully.  Afterwards pupil Tom, thanked the residents for listening.  The children then presented the residents with some cards they had made and a picture made by the Nursery children.

Resident Pam (pictured above said), “One of my grandsons used to go to this school and is now doing a Law degree in London. I think it’s lovely to see them and I think it does you good with everything going on.  It such a lovely age and to see all their little faces is a picture.”

Headteacher of St Mary’s School, Rob Harmer said, “This is our second visit here after delivering Easter cards.   It’s great that we’ve got that connection along with Acacia Lodge care home.  At school today we’re doing a number of wellbeing things about giving and how it gives you a feeling of wellbeing.  Coming down and presenting to the residents today with some musical entertainment and some cards for the residents I think it is a lovely thing to do and hopefully we’ve brought a little bit of joy.”

On Thursday afternoon children from Years 2 and 5 did a litter pick on Mill Meadows including under all the hedges where litter may have blown. They learnt the importance of recycling, the affect on litter and keeping the river clean.

All the children at the school donated an item for Henley’s Food Bank which is run by Nomad at the d:two.  Year 3 children delivered the donations on Friday morning and saw where the food bank is stored and Jaco from Nomad gave a short talk and answered questions from the children. Jaco said afterwards, “The morning was great, the children were very keen to help, they asked lots of questions and a few of them even wanted to raise some money for the Food Bank through organising some event or get family involved which was so encouraging. They all enjoyed the visit and asked lots of questions from what happens if you run out of food too, how many parcels you deliver a day?”

The children also enjoyed using their creative minds to draw something for the Path of Positivity which was supported by one of the parents, Emily Sayer.  They listened to a piece of music and then drew something that inspired them from it and something that made them happy.  The path was then displayed through the school buildings and classrooms.

The day ended with a whole school calming mindfulness session.