As exam season approaches, Strathallan School has launched Health and Wellbeing week, a series of activities designed to promote a healthy lifestyle. Running from Monday 25th – Friday 29th April, the activities range from inspiring daily musical performances to yoga and Tai Chi.
Recently named ‘Top Scottish Boarding School 2015’ by best-school.co.uk after achieving the highest A-Level results in the country last year, Strathallan has introduced schemes such as Health and Wellbeing week to offer pupils an opportunity to relax and clear their minds in what can be one of the more stressful periods in the academic calendar.
Every day this week, the day will begin with a rousing performance in the school forecourt from the Strathallan Pipe Band, who recently returned from participating in the Tartan Day parade in New York, to motivate the pupils for the day ahead. Other activities include pilates, cardio tennis, early morning swimming sessions and self-defence training.
There will also be an opportunity for pupils to express themselves with Colour Fun, which is a vibrant and therapeutic activity where pupils will splash, flick and throw paint (outdoors!) to see how the colours fall and what shapes, patterns and colour combinations can be made.
The programme has been led by Audrey Sime, Director of Sport at Strathallan and it is hoped that the series of activities will help pupils to think more about healthy eating as well as consider alternative forms of exercise. Audrey explained:
“At Strathallan, we encourage and try to live a healthy lifestyle on a day-to-day basis. This is more important than ever for our pupils who are preparing for exams over the next few months. I have worked with our Deputy Head, members of the pastoral, personal and social education teams as well as with our medical staff to come up with a programme of activities what will encourage pupils to get into the way of thinking about healthy eating and exercising, so they look after themselves and live a healthy lifestyle.
“The programme includes a mixture of sport, creative, relaxation and social activities. We have introduced a Walk & Talk activity which we think will be popular. It is essentially speed walking where pupils will walk in pairs and keep swapping to help pupils get to know other pupils, helping grow the sense of community within the school while getting exercise.”
There are plans for Health and Wellbeing Week to become an annual event and the organisers are considering how this could become part of a cross-curricular programme, linking into classroom-based learning too, particularly for younger pupils coming through the school. Audrey is confident the pupils will embrace the programme of activities. She added:
“They will just embrace the activities. Particularly the older pupils who have a busy and intense few weeks ahead of them. It’s an opportunity for them to relax and take a break from studying to enable them to be more focussed and refreshed going into their exams.”
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