As part of Children’s Mental Health Week, the children and young people invited a local Graffiti artist, Nathan, into school to create a piece of art that symbolises their thoughts and feelings on the theme ‘Find Your Inner Brave’.
After much consideration and planning, they agreed that the school’s emotional support dogs are key in helping them to develop their confidence and resilience. They included the sky and butterflies as additional representations of their feelings on the theme. They all worked together to create an incredible piece of art that they will be able to see every day as they enter the school.
The children and young people reflected on their emotions and strategies that help them to feel more confident and resilient exceptionally well. They fully engaged with the activity and felt a strong sense of pride of the piece of artwork they had achieved which represented their thoughts and feelings. This was enhanced by the positive comments from other children in the school. Apparently the whole day and end result was ‘well sick’!
They have asked that Nathan come back to school to do more art work. Year 11 would like to do some art work with Nathan as a legacy to leave behind after they move on to college in July.
Arc School Old Arley provides a safe learning environment for children and young people with a wide range of varying needs including social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH), autism (ASC), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attachment difficulties (AD).
What a fantastic effort and brilliant piece of work! Well done to everyone and thanks to Nathan!