Bourne Elsea Park Church Of England Primary Academy

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        #HelloYellow Day!

        Author: Ad Min

        On Friday 8th October 2021, you would have been forgiven if you had thought you had stepped into the wrong school as you entered the classrooms of Bourne Elsea Park C of E Primary Academy.  The usual sea of red jumpers was no longer to be seen but instead, a wave of yellow had taken over.  Yellow jumpers, yellow t-shirts, yellow hairbands, hats and even sunglasses were everywhere!  But why? I hear you ask.  It was all in aid of #HelloYellow Day and the Young Minds charity, key supporters of young people suffering with their mental health.  Combined with our work for this year’s UNICEF Outright Campaign, this focus on mental health is a key part of the way our children are using their voices to help themselves and children around the world find ways to battle against feelings of sadness, loneliness and frustration, much of which has been brought on by the confusion and isolation of a global pandemic.  During #HelloYellow Day the children took part in an inspiring Young Minds Collective Worship helping them to understand more about how the smallest acts of kindness can help those around them suffering with their mental health.  Our usual Golden Afternoon was also taken over and it became Yellow Afternoon with help from our UNICEF friend, Paddington Bear, who helped the children recognise how other people might be feeling before they wrote down the acts of kindness they could do to help themselves or other people. These acts of kindness were then linked together to create a dazzling ‘Chain of Kindness’ which stretched the length of the whole school!  One child in Y4 said, “It makes me feel so happy to know that I can help my friends when they are feeling sad or lonely”.  What a stunning display of our Christian Value of Friendship and our British Value of Mutual Respect!  As a UNICEF Rights Respecting School, our children certainly know how to help themselves and their friends to have Article 6 ‘Right to a Healthy Life and Development’ and they are showing the world how to be Agents of Change in the lives of others.  The future is bright and yellow for our children!

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