ISTCI recognises World Mental Health Day and celebrates National Heritage Day
On Friday 9th October, ISTCI marked World Mental Health Day and celebrated National Heritage Day through taking part in a range of interactive activities. Every class from our youngest learners in daycare through to our oldest Grade 9 children were involved in our day of fun!
Here is a snapshot of some of the activities that the children took part in:
In participation of World Mental Health Day, the Nursery and Preschool children took part in some relaxing meditation by carrying out their ‘Sleeping Little Bunnies Dance’.
Our daycare classes took part in a range of mindfulness activities, encouraging children to be present in the moment and have an appreciation of a second of calm in our busy days! SK daycare also celebrated World Heritage Day by creating TCI flags, their own party props and choreographing a Junkanoo dance. You can see how much they enjoyed it from the photographs!
Meanwhile, Grade 1 and Grade 2 discussed Turks and Caicos’ history to celebrate National Heritage Day. The children then talked about and presented the reasons that they love Turks and Caicos! Again, you can see some of their ideas in the photographs.
Grade 3 read the story ‘Myiah and her Rainbow Coloured Dress’, a story about a little girl who wears the TCI national dress. The children were able to explain what each colour on her dress signifies, the associated emotions and how emotions can be represented in colour form.
In the upper part of the school, Grade 5 celebrated National Heritage Day by singing the Turks and Caicos National Anthem and had a productive discussion about Heritage in general and the importance of understanding and remembering where we came from. They looked at the National Emblem of the Turks and Caicos Islands and what each symbol represents. The day was wrapped up by carrying out some cooking in the afternoon because it is a perfect way for all the children from different parts of the world to share their traditions and culture.
As for Middle School, they had discussions centred around the importance of managing our emotions and ‘talking it out’ when things become too much. At this age, it is important that students understand that they aren’t alone, and these feelings are natural during our teenage years.
Overall, as a whole school, we focused on the power of positive thinking and how we can find the powers within ourselves to turn the negative thoughts into positive ones, as well as the importance of spending time doing the things we love.
A huge thank you to all of our teachers for planning these important activities, which our children thoroughly enjoyed, whilst learning about how to manage their mental health and about their heritage.
Lorraine MacKenzie, Principal
International School of the Turks and Caicos Islands