Peter Symonds College last week played host to a number of exciting visitors and activities, invited onto the college grounds to excite, unite and comfort the somewhat frazzled revising students.

Wellbeing Week - Donkeys

Every year Peter Symonds Student Services team organise a Wellbeing Week, aimed at helping students focus their minds, learn coping strategies, relieve stress and most importantly reminding them to prioritise their own and their peers health and wellbeing over anything else.

Everyday a different schedule of events ran, including mindfulness sessions, charity fundraisers, Bootcamp classes, a Digital Detox, a drugs and caffeine quiz, numerous informal sports matches and a giant outdoor games area including a huge bouncy castle.

The college was also visited by Longdown Dairy Farm, bringing with them ducks, chickens, goats, piglets, two donkeys and scores of chicks for the students to cuddle. Haatchi, the colleges Therapy Dog, dropped in to The Hub to ease anxious student’s worries too.

Says student Kate McWilliam “The farm has been such a hit, it makes your day a little brighter and breaks up a long day of revision. It turns out that having a cuddle with a chick is great for de-stressing too!”

This year Symonds have focused on the Five Steps to Wellbeing, in the run up to exams - TAKE NOTICE, GIVE, BE ACTIVE, CONNECT, KEEP LEARNING. Says Jane Gagel, Student Welfare Officer: “This mantra is to remind students to take care of themselves emotionally and physically, as well as helping their peers and those less fortunate than themselves. It is our aim to nurture a sense of independence and wellbeing within our students which, upon leaving college, will help them stay healthy and happy for the rest of their lives.”

Posted on 16/05/17 at 17:58

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