Walsall Primary School named as Self-Care Champions

Pupils from a Walsall primary school have been named Self-Care Champions after pupils took time out learning to teach their local community about the importance of self-care.

A group of seven Mayfield Preparatory School pupils were crowned winners earlier this month at a presentation during their assembly. The pupils were presented with a trophy and certificate by NHS Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Chief Officer, Prof. Simon Brake.

This was all part of the CCG’s self-care competition for Walsall schools run by the Medicines Management Team. All schools in the Walsall area were invited to take part, by creating a campaign that would promote self-care in their local communities.

Prof. Simon Brake, Chief Officer at NHS Walsall CCG said: “The school came up with a really clever and informative way of promoting self-care to their local community. It was clear to see that they put a lot of time and effort into their campaign and managed to target different community groups.

“I was very impressed with their presentation and thought they did a superb job. Well done once again to everyone involved.”

For their winning campaigns the pupils came up with a presentation, where they taught the residents of Acorn’s Retirement Home all the different ways they can take care of themselves. The pupils also designed posters.

Following the presentation the pupils then made their way back to school, where they then performed the same presentation in front of the school. Earlier in the day the group also handed out copies of their self-care posters to students at neighboring Queen Mary’s Grammar School.

During the presentations the pupils were also given a helping hand from the Mayor of Walsall, Councillor Marco Longhi and Mayoress Andrea Longhi.

Mr Watts, Head of Pastoral Care at Mayfield Preparatory School said: The pupils had great fun designing posters, which were promoting a healthier lifestyle as part of a self-care initiative competition run by the NHS.

“The winning entrants then had the opportunity to visit Acorns retirement home in Walsall to talk about why the various organs of the body were important, ranging from the brain to the kidneys. The Mayor and Mayoress of Walsall accompanied us on this visit and

then the Mayor gave a talk at our Assembly promoting our self-care initiative, which became a target for other children and staff to follow.

“We were very grateful to the NHS staff for organising the competition and we congratulate the winning entrants.”