Did you know….
10 October is World Mental Health Day.
On 10 October, our GIS school counselling team will be promoting activities amongst students to challenge the stigma that sometimes surrounds mental health, and try to normalise conversations around our mental wellbeing. During the day, our students will have a chance to reflect on the importance of maintaining meaningful, healthy relationships and how these can support their mental health and wellbeing.
Supporting Mental Health at School – Every Day
It’s not just on the 10th of October that we will be focusing on our children’s mental health. At GIS, we believe that every child’s mental health and wellbeing is as important as their academic progress and achievement – in fact, we know that they can’t achieve well unless they’re feeling good. This concept of ‘academic care’ underpins everything that we do.
Every child at GIS has a support network of adults. Class teachers (EYC and Primary) and Form tutors (Secondary) are always there as a first point of contact if a child needs a friendly, supportive chat. Assistant Heads (Primary) and Heads of Year (Secondary) are also always available. If your child prefers a confidential chat, our experienced and caring counselling team are there to help. Your child can SMS 012-664-7107 at any time to arrange an appointment, or pop in to the Counselling Office during their daily drop-in times: 9.05am for Secondary and 12.20pm for Primary.
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If you are ever worried about your child’s mental health and wellbeing, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with their class teacher (EYC and Primary) or form tutor (Secondary) in the first instance. You can also touch base with our GIS Counselling team if you’d like any advice about how best to support your child.
Together, we can help ensure that your child feels safe, supported and able to cope with any challenges that come their way.