Joy in January

The Rights Respecting School and the Love your Mind groups launched a campaign called ‘Joy in January’ to promote wellbeing and encourage moments of joy in every day.

We encourage all pupils to be kind to themselves as well as to one another (in keeping with the beating heart of the school, to distribute chearfullie of kindness, of support and of generosity).

As a health promoting school, we introduce the concepts of healthy eating, nutrition and exercise, well-being and resilience early on in the Junior School. In the Senior School, pupils have led the way in ensuring that mental health is discussed openly and honestly.

A few fun facts we have been learning this month.

  • The Hippocampus is an area of the brain that is responsible for happiness and positive memories.
  • 20 minutes a day outside in good weather boosts positive mood, broadens thinking and improves working memory.
  • Dopamine is a neurotransmitter, it helps to regulate the brain’s reward and pleasure centres, movement and emotional responses.
  • Two of the big factors that contribute to happiness around the world include a sense of community and frequent community celebrations.

What is going on in school to promote Joy in January. 

A poster campaign is visible around campus, with class teachers talking part in discussions in registration to encourage everyone to think about what makes them happy.

A ‘Joy in January’ playlist has been created on Spotify, this is made up of songs suggested by each registration class and is bringing joy to lunchtimes in the refectory. We have enjoyed asking pupils and staff to write down things that make them happy.

Action for Happiness are encouraging everyone to focus on small steps to try to boost happiness throughout January, which you can access here.