Our Grade 11 students participated in a day of wellness activities in the DSC and outdoors as part of their Personal Development Programme (PDP).
“Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices towards a healthy and fulfilling life… Wellness is a state of physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
With these words in mind, our Grade 11 students are currently being asked to review the definition of wellness and state why self-care is important. They are also being asked to reassess their own wellness needs now that they are in Grade 11.
This week, after determining which wellness options best fit their current needs and interests, the students chose and attended 2 activities led by ICS Secondary teachers from a list which included Benefits of Walking; A Moment of Calm; Calligraphy; Knitting and Crocheting; Mindful Music Listening; Mindfulness & Art Therapy or The Art of Reading.
Hand work allows for shifting focus and attention away from challenges of daily life: In the Knitting and Crocheting sessions, students with different levels of ability helped each other to learn to knit and crochet and some were keenly interested in creating a unique piece. The Art of Reading group settled into their books in golden silence away from the madding crowd of screens, deadlines and pings from phones. It was good to recalibrate and take time out to escape from the real world into something even more real – their imagination. With pen in hand, students who participated in the Calligraphy sessions experienced how “Writing is thinking through your fingertips”, while smooth Bossa Nova background music accompanied students working to create free-flowing line drawings of their own hands.
Emotional wellness can include relaxation, stress reduction, self-care and the development of inner strength. Being aware of positive and negative feelings and knowing how to handle both is important, especially in these difficult times. Fortunately, our Grade 11 students will have an additional opportunity to participate in well-being activities when their sessions resume on a designated wellness day next week.