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Dundela Infants' School and Nursery Unit's wellbeing week

To coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week, the school focused on their emotional health and wellbeing.

The teachers provided parents with a range of fun, mindful and reflective daily activities with suggestions on family wellbeing. The break from home schooling was welcomed by parents, with the children and their families encouraged to choose activities and challenges most suited to their own family circumstances. These included: yoga and breathing exercises, cooking together, getting creative indoors and outdoors, sending postcards, exercising and taking part in outdoor activities, making thankfulness lists and wish jars and playing family games.

The nursery children loved their Teddy Bears’ Picnic at the end of the week and certificates were given out to all children taking part.

Thanks to parents’ who sent in quotes reiterating how much this time was needed and appreciated by all the families.

Karen Barry

"During a stressful time for parents, the wellbeing week was a welcome break for both Erin and ourselves, and an opportunity to complete challenges together and reconnect as a family."

Gill Mewha

“As adults we are often reminded of how important it is to look after our mental health so I loved the fact that Dundela took a week to help us, as families, focus on the wellbeing and mindfulness of our children. Evie absolutely loved all the activities especially as we were encouraged to do them as a family. The certificate at the end of the week was a lovely touch! Thank you to the staff for these fun but very appropriate activities. The favourite saying in our house – Have courage and be kind!”

Joanne Bustard

“Madison and Zach both enjoyed well-being week. It was a time to press pause, take a breather and reflect on the importance of being happy and healthy. Taking in nature around us with a nice walk with the dogs. Getting messy making buns. Having giggles playing board games with all the family. Making paper boats and trying them out in a basin of water. Most of all to have time to focus on being kind to each other.

Melissa Flynn 

“We as a family enjoyed, and benefited, from taking part in the challenges during well-being week. Jack really loved making and writing a postcard to send to his cousin in England.”