The arrival of an Ice Cream van at Treviglas Community College in Newquay on Monday 8th May was a sign that the year 11 students were in for a treat! The students and their teacher mentors were joining each other for an afternoon of activities designed to ensure some focus on their wellbeing as well as working hard towards examinations. With their mentors, the students let off steam, enjoying battlefield archery, Total Wipe-out and of course, an ice cream in the sunshine!
Year 11 students Chloe Darch and Ruby Clement said that the afternoon provided ‘a lot of fun’ and ‘time away from textbooks and flashcards’. Harry Donovan said ‘It is great to have a laugh together’. The students, whose exams start in earnest next week, were able to relax and enjoy some time together before the exam season. The college have been hosting several events in the last week to mark National Mental Health Awareness Week. Through the SMILE PSHE programme, students and staff have been using resources provided by organisations such as ‘Time to Change’ and The Invictus Trust. There have been a number of outside visitors to the college including the NHS and HeadStart, offering information and guidance on thriving in today’s society.
Vanessa Maule, Assistant Headteacher says ‘in today’s world, young people face a number of pressures. The relationships they have and the experiences they share whilst at school can make a vast difference to their mental health. We want our year 11 students to feel supported in their studies, but to also encourage them to look after themselves – and each other – at the same time’.
Treviglas would like to thank Kelly’s Cornish Ice Creams and Kernow Party Karts for their contribution to making the ‘stress-busting’ afternoon a great success.