Involving parents in understanding the importance of wellbeing has been a major focus across all age groups. All new parents enrolling pupils in our nurseries attend an induction session on the relationship between wellbeing and levels of engagement in learning. At Huili School Hangzhou, parents receive a comprehensive booklet which outlines how wellbeing is taught and monitored across all age groups.
The ongoing global pandemic has presented our family of schools with unprecedented challenges, but it has also highlighted how effective our wellbeing programme has become. The burdens of lockdown and online learning and the uncertainty around public examinations have been deeply unsettling for pupils, parents and teachers alike. In response, wellbeing leaders and staff at all Wellington College China schools have worked together on solutions and strategies that help pupils and families in these times. They have adapted provisions and programmes and delivered targeted daily content that explicitly addresses ways our pupils can keep healthy, motivated and balanced while under lockdown.
Because we have a long-established culture where our pupils feel comfortable reaching out, our staff have found themselves in high demand, supporting pupils in one-on-one conference calls. Our pupils, parents and teachers have also taken the initiative in promoting wellbeing within the community. This has resulted in various engaging online activities, including home cooking competitions, crazy hat days, talks with authors, morning exercise sessions and bedtime stories. Our pupils even showcased their creative talents through online concerts, plays, poetry slams and art exhibitions. All these activities ensured cohesion within the community, reminding our pupils that, although they could not be together physically, they certainly were not alone. Knowing that you are part of something greater than yourself can be a powerful source of wellbeing in such challenging times.