Talking about how we feel is a good thing but actually taking part in activities and workshops that bring ‘the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy’ to life are exactly what Gad’s termly wellbeing days are all about.
Launched last year, the school organises one day per term where Senior students, often joined by Juniors, go off-timetable and work with peers, teachers and visiting experts to celebrate being part of a happy and vibrant school.
The first event of this academic year focused on our minds and saw Seniors have a go at baking; body popping; woodwork, seasonal arts and crafts, gardening, pumpkin carving and various sports.
All activities had the aim of coming together to make sure everybody at Gad’s feels part of a team and confident to try new things, while providing a safe and relaxed environment to continue to thrive and learn.
Our ‘Shells’ (Year 7) were treated to an interactive reading of Dickens’ classic ‘A Christmas Carol’ in his very own study, from author and friend of the school, Mrs Bella Baker. Our youngest Seniors are currently studying the novella and the session helped them visualise the characters and imagine what life was like for them.
Students from all Year groups spent time tidying and painting their House bag racks and communal outdoor areas, ensuring Gad’s is a warm and welcoming place to visit, join and learn at.
The Food and Nutrition department challenged pupils to create spooky Halloween cakes and pizzas with Mr Savage having the tough job of judging the best – our Head followed strict judging criteria, critiquing each shortlisted creation, before announcing the winners! Well done to Jack R. of U5R and U5B’s Sophie H-G. for their victories in the savoury category. In the cake bake-off, there was sweet success for ShW’s Fleur G-W. and L5B’s Ciara B.