A NEW addition to the timetable will ensure pupils of Durham School’s Bow School pay more attention to their overall well-being and mental health.

Mindfulness is being introduced into the curriculum across the independent prep school to encourage pupils, aged from three to 11, to take care of their emotions and teach them strategies to be mindful of their feelings.

The school said it is part of a holistic approach, which will incorporate its long-held values of moral integrity, ambition, responsibility and kindness (Mark).

Bow pupils took part in an art installation called Only One You, based on the book of the same name by Linda Kranz, which encourages children to embrace their individuality and think about the decisions they make.

The book centres around a young fish, who has many questions. His parents teach him valuable lessons regarding growing up and joining the other fish.

The theme of the installation, which was made up of 180 individually decorated pebbles, was taken from a quote in the book:

“There’s only one you in this great big world, make it a better place”.

All the pebbles, including some from Bow staff, were placed together in a ‘river’, representing everyone who makes up the school community and plays their part.

Headmistress Sally Harrod said: “This was such a lovely and inspiring across-school project which really caught the imaginations of pupils and staff alike.

“Putting Mindfulness onto the curriculum at Bow School reinforces the paramount importance of our children’s happiness and well-being while teaching every one of them that they can shine – whatever their talent may be.

“By providing a nurturing and supportive environment, staff will help to develop the children’s social and emotional skills, build resilience and self-esteem, as well as promote confidence for life.”