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Schoolchildren say #HelloYellow for mental health awareness

School children in Great Wyrley brought a burst of colour into the classroom – as part of a day talking about mental health.

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Life coach Nicki Hamilton with pupils, from left, Grace Lloyd, nine, Charlie Morris, eight, Emilyn Leach, four, Lilly Winsper, five, and Avi Bal, 11

Pupils and staff at Landywood Primary School all wore yellow on Friday to raise awareness of the work charity Young Minds does to help children and young people with their mental health.

This year the charity’s theme #HelloYellow is all about coming together.

As well as wearing yellow, school staff set pupils a challenge – completing three small acts of kindness to brighten someone's day, whether it's a smile, a wave or a joke.

Life coach Nicki Hamilton with pupils Lilly Winsper, 5, Emilyn Leach, 4, Charlie Morris, 8, Grace Lloyd, 9, and Avi Bal, 11

The school’s designated mental health lead, Claire Williams, said: "Hello Yellow Day has been a chance to emphasize the importance of looking out for each other and get everyone feeling hopeful about the future as well as having some fun. It has been great to see everyone getting involved and bringing a splash of colour to our school."

Since returning this autumn, pupils at Landywood have been following a carefully planned recovery curriculum to ensure pupils, staff and their families feel safe and secure, the school said.

While there has been an emphasis supporting children back into the classroom and catching up with their learning, staff have ensured the children’s mental health and wellbeing has been a primary focus.

Pupils have had a balance of core subject lessons such as reading and maths as well as lots of outdoor learning and character education through their Forest School and Commando Joes lessons, as well as weekly wellbeing sessions from the school’s own life coach, Nicki Hamilton.

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