The 1,300 students from El Limonar International School schools in Murcia and Alicante took part in the activities that took place on the occasion of the Global Be Well Day celebration.
It is an event organized by the international group of Cognita schools to promote the well-being of children and youth, in which no less than 65,000 students and teachers from all over the world have participated.
The members of the school community of the centers located in Alicante (Villamartín – San Miguel de Salinas) and Murcia (El Palmar – Buenavista and La Alberca – Montevida) have adapted their teaching activity throughout the day to the vital role of the physical and emotional well-being in education.
This philosophy is becoming increasingly important with the recent Covid pandemic, and therefore the role of the so-called ‘wellness facilitators’ has been strengthened from a mental and emotional point of view: connect, do and give.
This without ignoring the aspect of physical activity and the direct relationship it has with integral health. In addition, the activities have returned to being completely face-to-face both inside and out after Covid forced last year’s edition to be held online.
“Connecting with yourself and others, doing meaningful activities and giving to help others have proven to be extremely powerful ways to enhance our mental health,” explains Beth Kerr, Cognita Director of Wellness.
For this reason, the third edition of this conference focused on empathy, and on the importance of fostering social relationships between the community, of externalizing emotions, and of the value of cooperation and collaboration. These are particularly relevant issues at a time when the ongoing impact of the global pandemic on our mental health is the subject of increasing interest and study.
“By exploring these elements that contribute to well-being in more detail, we hope to help our students and colleagues around the world understand why it is important to incorporate these rewarding activities into their daily lives,” he concludes.
Welfare is the key to Education. So much so that all Cognita schools have an integrated program of emotional guidance and support from students that goes through their entire school life. In addition, they have Welfare and Safeguard coordinators, with the goal of providing physical and emotional support to their students.
Simon Roberts, Director of “ELIS” Villamartín, and Vanessa Grimward, Director of “ELIS” Murcia, agree that “we are very excited to connect our students with tens of thousands of young people from all over the world to commemorate Global Be Well Day. 2021. The work we marked on September 30 serves as input and support for all that our teachers and students do throughout the year, emphasizing the vital role that wellness plays in academic success.
Connecting with yourself and others, as giving to help others have been shown ways to strengthen our mental health.
The “Limonar International Schools” are British international schools for children aged 3 to 18 years. They prepare their students for higher education both in Spain and abroad. About 80% of the school day is conducted in English.