The Fort Issue 10 November 2021(clone) - Page 6

This year, as part of our diversity, inclusion and wellbeing calendar, VIS kicked off with celebrating three significant themes that effect our student community. The themes we delved into were wellbeing and mental health, neurodiversity and anti bullying. The aim of celebrating each theme was to raise awareness on the topic with our students, but also to normalize discussion which surrounds each theme.

Mental Health Awareness

As we stepped into the néw school year, well-being and mental health was our chosen topic to start with. We felt that this was a strong message to our students and community on the importance of supporting one another and being there for each other. With their PSHE teachers and counsellors, the students discussed what the first signs of anxiety are, how to prevent this from escalating and how we can also recognize the signs of distress in each other. Activities, discussions and sessions across Kindergarten to grade 12 were set up to offer a space and opportunity for our students to learn more about their own well-being. Of course the activities and sessions were developed and aimed for the student ages. The student response was great! Moreover, The Malta Association of Medical Students ran an interactive parallel session across high school during advisory where one more platform was made available to talk of mental health in young people.

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Student Support Services, Corinne Borg and Pamela Roncal Riveros, delve into the inclusion and well being activities the students participated in this term.

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in each other. Activities, discussions and sessions across Kindergarten to grade 12 were set up to offer a space and opportunity for our students to learn more about their own well-being. Of course the activities and sessions were developed and aimed for the student ages. The student response was great! Moreover, The Malta Association of Medical Students ran an interactive parallel session across high school during advisory where one more platform was made available to talk of mental health in young people.