Peter Symonds College has held its annual Wellbeing Week. Fun, engaging and informative, the event gave frazzled revising students some time out to relax and learn about the Five Steps to Wellbeing. Every year the College's Student Services team organises this event to encourage students to take care of their physical and mental wellbeing.
Different events were held each day, including a digital detox, a drugs and caffeine quiz, numerous sports taster sessions, a huge bouncy castle and a healthy eating tent with smoothie bike. Students pedalled the bike which was attached to a blender full of fruit and after a few minutes of hard work they could taste the fruits of their labours! Students also signed up to become stem cell donors with the Anthony Nolan Trust and raised funds for the Libra Foundation, helping disadvantaged and disabled Romanian children and the College’s two Uganda charities.
Longdown Mobile Farm also visited the College, who brought ducks, chickens, goats, piglets, two donkeys and scores of chicks for the students to cuddle. Says student Kate McWilliam, “The farm has been such a hit, it makes your day a little brighter and breaks up a long day of revision. It turns out that having a cuddle with a chick is great for de-stressing too!”
This year in the run up to exams, Peter Symonds has focused on the Five Steps to Wellbeing,- TAKE NOTICE, GIVE, BE ACTIVE, CONNECT, KEEP LEARNING.
Jane Gagel, Student Welfare Officer comments, “The Five Steps remind students to take care of themselves emotionally and physically. They also underline the need for students to look outwards, to focus on giving something back to the community they’re part of. Long term, this approach will help our students to cope better as they move on from Peter Symonds, whether it’s to a job, an apprenticeship or to university.”