SCHOOL children in Halstead marked an annual awareness day with a special set of classes.

Pupils at Holy Trinity C of E Primary School marked World Mental Health Day this year with yoga and mindfulness sessions.

World Mental Health Day is an international day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma which was first celebrated in 1992.

Led by Nicola Chantler from Little Yoga Studio, each class at Holy Trinity from Reception to Year 6 took part in the sessions which the school said the children really enjoyed.

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One Year 5 child said about the day: “I love yoga. It makes me feel calm and relaxed.”

As part of the day classes, pupils also wrote positive affirmation notes and advice for each other on how to deal with troublesome days for a message line.

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New headteacher Sarah Rowe stressed the importance of the sessions.

She said: “Mental health and wellbeing has to be an important consideration in childhood development.

“At Holy Trinity we value the wellbeing of our whole school community in order to foster a positive mindset for learning and teaching.

“High quality pastoral support and counselling is always on hand for those who need it but today just enhanced our provision even more.

“We will definitely be organising a similar event again.”