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

Working together, the Senior cohort successfully navigated a Gad’s Hill-themed orienteering challenge;  relied on peers during a blindfolded trust exercise;  created cakes for a House bake-off; tested their agility and teamwork skills in a tyres and plank contest and strategized in a game of human battleships.  Meanwhile, some students opted to chill in the reading room with a favourite book or relax in a mindful colouring workshop – and all of this was after a morning of friendly competition at a local bowling alley.

Gad’s Hill fencing coach, Miss Sarah Ellis, who organised the day, said:   “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.”

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.  Our year 11 GCSE students don’t take part in the February wellbeing day, due to taking mock exams.

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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