Learning how to adapt to adversity is essential to our health and happiness, and helping our pupils stay happy and healthy is a priority here at Tunbridge Wells Girls' Grammar School. Pupils engage in a series of short, fortnightly resilience and mindfulness activities they carry out in form time and at home. These aim to encourage pupils to reflect on how they approach their problems, encourage them to think more about their responses to challenges and obstacles, and build greater resilience in the face of life's ups and downs. 
We also run a ten week mindfulness course at lunchtimes for pupils who would benefit from learning ways to ease their anxiety and refocus their thoughts during times of stress. 
Dr Gemma Boone
Wellbeing Lead

Peer Support

This year, as part of our drive to promote wellbeing at TWGGS, eighteen Upper and Lower Sixth pupils have volunteered their time, energy and enthusiasm to be Peer Supporters to our Year 8s. Using material and guidance from the well-established Peer Education Project, the Sixth Formers have so far undergone 5 hours of training to prepare them for the responsibility of leading two twenty minutes sessions in Y8 form time for five weeks after the half-term. After this, the idea is for them to offer one-to-one meetings with any pupils who could benefit from the time and ear of an older peer. 
Sessions include activities based around various mental health challenges that arise in young people and strategies of coping. Our team have given up their free time to essentially be tested and pushed out of their comfort zone, all the while with characteristic TWGGS spirit and focus. It is my pleasure to work alongside them: they are a real credit to our school.
Mrs Hannah Roberts
Resilience Lead
For further information or if you have any questions about our Wellbeing and Resilience programmes, please do contact Dr Boone and/or Mrs Roberts, via admin@twggs.kent.sch.uk

Mental Health Toolkit for Parents

The City Mental Health Alliance has partnered with PwC UK, the Bank of England and Morgan Stanley to create a toolkit for parents concerned about their children’s mental health. Please click on the link below to access this free guide.

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