Students at an independent prep school in Croxley Green have been using their natural environment to better understand their mental health, planting 700 new trees on the school’s site throughout February and March.
Pupils at York House have been finding ways to help each other grow this week by talking about their mental health.
In line with Children’s Mental Health Week on the week of February 7-13, York House School supported the nationwide theme ‘Growing Together’.
Every child planted seeds or trees and learning about what gives plants and trees their strength. A significant part of the mental health focus of this project, is for the pupils to learn how a tree survives stormy weather, then taking those lessons into their own lives and wellbeing to encourage resilience during challenging times.
Jon Gray, Headmaster at York House School said: “Our children have been learning about how we grow and adapt and how trying new things can help us to move beyond our comfort zones into new realms of possibility and potential.
“Our teachers have been walking the pupils onto the school fields and have been helping them to plant trees and seeds. We are aiming to mark the end of the week with a special day which will involve creating a whole school collage of a tree.”
York House previously won the prestigious ‘Green Tree Platinum Award’ from the Woodland Trust for planting over 1,400 new trees over the last four years and showing a deep commitment to the conservation of woodlands and their natural habitat in Hertfordshire.
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