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What is this life, if full of care…

Posted on 14th December 2018

…we have no time to stand and stare.

There is much talk, and rightly so, about mental health and well-being, particularly amongst children. It is an issue that we as a school take very seriously. There are so many more pressures placed on children today that we adults never had to contend with. Following is an account of a lovely day, as published on FB @grasmereschool.

What is this life, if full of care...

It’s been very wet and windy, and we’ve not been racing around as much as we usually do. So we took advantage of a good forecast, and went up a mountain on Monday. It was a lovely day and although we were mainly full of colds and sniffles, our legs turned out to be very springy. I love days like this, when Years 1 – 6 have an adventure together. The youngest children went first up the mountain, with their junior partners behind them. What is this life, if full of care...Those of you who know the steps forming the steep ascent of Loughrigg will know that five year old legs are about the same height as some of the steps. But that didn’t stop them! With a mixture of scrambling and walking, they persevered. We stopped at each little plateau for a gaze at the view, and eventually stopped at the trig point for lunch. It was breezy up there, and all our layers (and some extras) went straight back on before we tucked into sandwiches or soup. A few people needed a photo of them on the trig point – it was a new summit for some of them. We clambered down the Langdale side, slowly and steadily down the wet grass and over the ravines (drains). It was all very exciting. Some people opted to walk back down through Deerbolts Wood, whilst others took the longer route along the terrace and back round the lake shore.

When we got back to school we suggested that they went inside for the 15 minutes or so before the end of the day, but most of them wanted to play… Such energy!

What is this life, if full of care...

It was a day well spent. All the cobwebs have been blown out of our heads, and we’re feeling re-energized. The teamwork on the walk was impressive. The children all assessed the risks very responsibly. It was wet underfoot, and was only safe on the downhill route if undertaken cautiously. So they were sensible! Well, the conversation might not have been very sensible, but their legs were.

We had some great company. Thank you Maria, Rod, Carly, Harvey and Molly. Adventures are always better shared.