Wellington Heights break activities promote mental health and wellness

MOUNT FOREST – Wellington Heights Secondary School (WHSS) students participated in a week of activities designed to promote positive mental health and wellness during the daily lunch break from May 1 to 5.  

The week of activities was organized by WHSS head of guidance Shelley Bell, school social worker Brianna Schatz, specialist high skills major lead Jen Cork and numerous other teacher volunteers. 

The week was kick-started on May 1 with a whole-school assembly featuring guest speaker Scott Ste Marie, who shared important information related to the impacts of cellphones and social media on mental health.

Social media focus – Guest speaker Scott Ste Marie shared information on the impacts of cellphones and social media on mental health during a week of lunchtime activities aimed at positive mental health and wellness at Wellington Height Secondary School in Mount Forest. From left: Joey Townsend, Brooke Hartley, Ste Marie, Kelsey Lennox, and Abby Irvine.

Throughout the week during lunch time, students could choose from a variety of engaging activities to build peer relationships, foster community spirit, and improve their mental health and wellness.  

Activities included: yoga, mindfulness exercises, karaoke, guitar jam sessions, board games, outdoor games, beach volleyball, anti-stress colouring, cooking, science experiments, group video games, physical games in the gym, baseball catch games and a make-your-own sundae bar.

 On the final day, art teacher Nichola McEwan organized a “You are a Star” scavenger hunt, during which every student needed to find the star with their name on it posted on a wall somewhere across the school.  

“This was to remind every Wolverine student of their star attributes, and to let each of them know that they are important and valued in the school community,” school officials state.