Students at Abbey College Manchester have been practicing mindfulness and focussing on their wellbeing ahead of exam season.
The leading independent college hosted a wellbeing week which included a variety of activities to help the students relax and connect with one another.
A number of students took part in a Tai Chi lesson led by a specialist teacher. They focussed on slowing down Kung Fu moves as well as Qigong, a form of self-healing, which involves relaxation and deep breathing. They then enjoyed a meditation session after learning about the history of this martial art form and the wide-ranging health benefits associated with it.
A special German breakfast was held at the boarding accommodation, Riverside House to engage staff and students working and living in the accommodation. The breakfast was designed as part of the Success at Sixth Form Programme at the college and consisted of a range of different breads, cheeses, halal meats and brioche.
The week was rounded off with another social breakfast held in the college and organised by the breakfast club members.
It is incredibly important that our students feel calm and can manage their stress leading up to their exams – Rachel Lasham, Head of Lower Sixth at Abbey College Manchester
Head of Lower Sixth, Rachel Lasham commented: “Wellbeing and mental health are a huge part of my life and I consider myself to be a mental health advocate. This has been the case for 20 years and I pass my experience and knowledge on through our tutor programme and the Success in Sixth Form programme. It is wonderful to see both the staff and students embrace it and it is incredibly important they feel calm and can manage their stress leading up to their exams.
“The week was a great success with the students taking on board a range of relaxation strategies. Their mental health is very important to us at Abbey College Manchester so it is wonderful we can give them the tools to feel calm.”