After a week of exams, our Seniors spent time looking after their minds and bodies as part of Gad’s wellbeing programme.

On completion of their Autumn progress tests, the 11-15 year olds took part in a range of activities designed to connect with peers, stay active and learn new skills.

Working in teams, the Senior cohort completed financial wellbeing workshops; made over House bag racks and picnic tables; planted seasonal pots in the Kindergarten play area; tried their hand at upcycling; meditated; took part in table tennis and football tournaments; carved pumpkins and even squeezed in a cheerleading routine or two!

Head of English, Mr Paul Wadey, said: “Trying something new and taking part in physical tasks helps build confidence and gives children a sense of achievement and I would like to thank the staff and many friends of Gad’s for making the day such a success.

“The students worked brilliantly together, encouraging each other to get the most out of the day, which was a really positive and uplifting end to a busy week.”

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.

Another highlight of the day was a financial wellbeing workshop provided by Junior parent, Strategic Operations Manager of a leading UK wealth manager, Mr Jamie Durbin.

As always, Gad’s Year 11s took their responsibilities very seriously, with cheerleader Ciara running cheer sessions and fellow classmates helping to decorate in preparation for the Kindergarten and Junior Monster Balls that evening.

Gad’s termly wellbeing days see students go off-timetable and work with peers, teachers and visiting experts to celebrate being part of a happy and vibrant school.

The aim is the ‘Gad’s Family’ coming together to make sure everybody at the school feels part of a team and confident to try new things, while providing a safe and relaxed environment to continue to thrive and learn.

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