Children’s Mental Health Week 2022
This week, 21st – 25th February 2022, Marlborough College Malaysia has focused on Children’s Mental Health as part of Mental Health Week. This is designed to shine a light on the importance of mental health and to help pupils to develop techniques that they can use to benefit their own mental health. The theme for this year’s Mental Health Week was ‘Growing Together’, and many of the week’s activities centred around this theme.
Throughout the week, Pre-Prep and Prep School have been completing different activities designed to raise awareness around mental health and to enable the pupils to start a discussion around the topic. One such activity was a Marlborough Mile ‘Walk and Chat.’ Following SOPs and maintaining physical distancing, the pupils walked around the Marlborough Mile on campus and talked to their peers. They were also encouraged to talk to other pupils with whom they might not have spent much time before.
Another activity that the pupils took part in was looking at how they have changed. By reading stories like The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Eric Carle) the pupils were able to explore the idea of personal growth, they then looked at their own examples of growth, such as learning to walk or playing an instrument. They then looked further ahead to what they wanted to be when they grow up.
The principles of Marlborough College Malaysia are Compassion, Companionship, and Conversation, and this week helped the pupils understand the importance of each one. They learnt to have Compassion towards themselves by learning that it is okay to make mistakes when growing because you can learn from them and develop. The importance of Companionship and Conversation were highlighted during their Marlborough Mile Walks, with the pupils coming back from these walks knowing that openness and honesty helps each other flourish.