• Mon. Jun 24th, 2024

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A Northumberland first school is to create a mindfulness sanctuary for its pupils through the use of a new yurt.

As part of an initiative to support children’s mental well-being, Harbottle C of E (Aided) First School in Morpeth, which is part of The Three Rivers Learning Trust, has taken delivery of its very own environmentally-friendly Mongolian yurt.

Part-funded by the Friends of Harbottle School, the interior has been furnished by the generosity of the Great Little Trading Company, helping to create the perfect sanctuary where children can relax and learn about the art of mindfulness.

Harbottle School places great importance on pastoral care and, as part of its commitment to lifelong learning, actively seeks to help children deal with the stresses and anxieties of modern-day childhood. The yurt will provide a space in which both children and staff can relax and feel a sense of calm.

Reverend Sue Joyner, Headteacher at Harbottle C of E First School said: “We find teaching mindfulness helps to deal with the stresses and pressures of life in our busy society today, and we very much look forward to using our yurt as much as possible.”

Beginning with a short session on mindfulness dance and a yoga demonstration by the children, the yurt was officially opened by Simon Taylor, CEO of The Three Rivers Learning Trust.

He said: “I’m delighted to officially open the yurt and would like to thank staff, parents and the Friends of Harbottle School for supporting the project. The yurt provides a calm, peaceful space for quiet time where children can read, listen to stories and reflect. It will be greatly used and valued by all.”

Asked of his experience, Year 2 pupil River Iley added: “I like being in the yurt because it’s peaceful and the wood and the sun make lots of patterns.”

To find out more about the school, visit its website at harbottle.the3rivers.net. Or to find out more about The Three Rivers Learning Trust, visit the3rivers.net.

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