On Tuesday 11th October the children and adults at Bourne Elsea Park C of E Primary Academy were rays of sunshine wearing a huge assortment of yellow accessories to support the Young minds #HelloYellow day. Yellow socks, headbands, ribbons, t shirts and even slippers could be seen up and down the corridors bringing a smile to everyone’s faces. The splashes of yellow brightened up the school and at the same time highlighted the importance of Standing out and Showing up for World Mental Health day. Pupils all took part in mindful activities throughout the day and embraced their yellow colourful splashes with a yellow photo challenge that will be displayed on the school Wellbeing wall to inspire positivity over the coming year.
#HelloYellow day is a national campaign for the Young Minds organisation and pupils were invited to make a donation to help fund vital projects for children and young adults nationally, as well as supporting our own incredible local charity Don’t Lose Hope.
As a UNICEF Rights Respecting School, the children took their role as #HellowYellow ambassadors for the day very seriously and were able to share with one another the importance of understanding their own mental wellbeing and knowing how to support each other. Children regularly quote the importance of Article 29 ‘Children have the right to be the best they can be’ and live this out in their everyday practice. Isabelle (year 6) said “We know how important our mental health is and we know how to get help if we need it. Our Yellow day, Mindful Mondays and PSHE lessons all give us ideas on how to support our mental health. And Mrs Wendy Campbell, Mental Health lead added “Supporting our young people is incredibly important to us and we want the children to know that we are always there to listen and care and it is ok to ask for help.”