YOUNGSTERS at Hermitage Primary School have highlighted the importance of looking after their mental health, as part of a nationwide campaign.

Pupils at the school took part in Children’s Mental Health Week, led by charity Place2Be, which had a theme of Let’s Connect.

The initiative saw pupils consider and exercise their right to use their voice in a bid to influence decisions in the school.

Other ways of connecting saw the house captains – who are also the school’s wellbeing champions – teach their peers about Scottish Government indicators on wellbeing: Safe, Healthy, Achieving, Nurtured, Active, Respected, Responsible and Included (SHANARRI), focusing on the indicator of Nurtured.

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Each class was given a plant to nurture, activities to explore the concept of being connected and asked to write thank you cards to people who help them in the community. 

A spokesperson for Hermitage Primary School added: “As a school community we enjoyed an excellent assembly led by the wellbeing champions and Miss Philips and a collaborative afternoon in our house groups to complete a ‘Taskmaster’ task. 

“This was a great success and an afternoon that was thoroughly enjoyed by the children and staff.  The focus week culminated in all children ‘dressing to express’ and enjoying an extra shared play in the sunshine.”