Recently, Loreto College became the latest of the 14 secondary schools in St Albans and Harpenden who have signed up to work with Step.
On 22nd March we delivered our very first session in Loreto: an hour's session with sixth form students on the topic of stress.
In the midst of all the pressures that young people have to deal with, we wanted to give them time and space to focus on their own wellbeing. We also wanted to equip them with ways to manage stress and anxiety.
One group of students spent the session learning about circles of control, which is all about finding the balance between broadening your influence over things in your life that cause anxiety, and accepting the things you can’t control. They also explored the idea of ourselves as springs and thought about the ‘weights’ or stressors that may be pulling us out of shape.
The other group spent time on a space mat. If you haven’t seen one of our space mats before, it’s made up of four large triangles of coloured material. Each triangle has 3 unique sections with activities to help the students reflect on stress and try out different coping techniques. There's further information about our space mats here, if you'd like to know more.
What I love about the space mat is the freedom it gives students to engage with a topic in their own way. Some decided to work round the mat with friends and others preferred to do the activities by themselves, but everyone got stuck in and hopefully took something useful away from the experience.
It was very exciting to meet the lovely staff at the school and to work with their fabulous students. We hope that this is the start of lots more Step activity in Loreto, so watch this space!