Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate connects with nature for Mental Health Awareness Week

17th May 2021

A class of children stand in a circle around a tree on a lawn

Students from Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate (QE) have been celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week by connecting with nature around their beautiful campus nestled in the North Yorkshire countryside. Mental Health Awareness Week is being hosted by the Mental Health Foundation who chose the theme of nature for this year’s awareness week.

Students from across Chapter House, QE’s preparatory school, took to the outdoors for lots of different activities including outdoor dancing sessions, mathematics and storytelling of some traditional tales.

Kindergarten enjoyed a morning stroll spotting pretty flowers which sparked lots of conversation about colours and smells.

Two young children lean over a flower bedYear 6 pupils from QE’s middle school, King’s Magna, spent time in the Secret Garden on campus, perfecting their performance poetry.

The Secret Garden was also the setting for the ‘Tea and Talk’ Thrive session, QE’s award-winning pastoral scheme which offers a huge range of activities to support positive mental health and wellbeing. Making full use of a sunny window in the rainy weather students chatted about life after lockdown and what the future holds. After enjoying a hot chocolate (rather than tea!) conversation was slowly swayed for a team tournament of grass bowls. This healthy competition was a great way for students to engage with each other.

Care is the most important element within the QE community; every member of the Collegiate, staff and student, is responsible for the pastoral care and happiness of the site. There is focus on developing students’ skills and resilience, whilst nurturing their wellbeing.

QE has a dedicated team of trained staff on call 24 hours a day to offer support and guidance to all students within a specialist welfare area. As well as the pastoral staff, QE also has a team of students who are on hand to help around the school and in the boarding houses.

A group of children sit at a picnic bench with cupsThe dedicated THRIVE@QE programme offers all QE students a huge range of activities to support positive mental health and wellbeing. This includes activities and support such as; building self-esteem, strategies to help with exam stress, adjusting to change, home sickness, coping with a loss or bereavement, staying safe online, bounce back, and Forces and international support. Everything possible is done to prepare students for the many experiences they will encounter as they move through their educational journey and future life.

This summer we are delighted to be once again offering Campus Tours* in-person, for families looking to explore QE as an independent school option for their child.

For more information on QE or to book a visit, visit qe.org or contact our friendly admissions team on admissions@qe.org

*Subject to and following Government Guidance