The Newdegate community came together to paint a Blue Tree on the road leading to their sports pavilion.
The Blue Tree painting was part of their 2021 Newdegate Field Day which focused on the theme 'Growing Mental Health'.
A local parent who is a qualified psychologist went to Newdegate Primary School and spoke to the students about the Blue Tree message. She encouraged them to tell someone if they are feeling sad and taught them how to develop their 5-person safety hand.
The 5-person safety hand is a tool for students to use when they need to talk. Students select five adults to call on when they need help. A saftey hand should be made up of people who the students trust, who is available, will listen and will help them take action if their help is needed.
The students joined the community for a sausage sizzle at the Newdegate Tennis Club where they had the opportunity to tell the community what they had learnt about mental health, before painting the tree as a community.
The students paineted the bottom half of the choosen tree, leaving the higher part for the rest of the community.
The Blue Tree painting was a great opportunity to highlight mental health in a positive way with the community and students.
It also allowed students to understand that the school chaplain is a safe and available person to come to when they are struggling with feelings or situations that make them feel down.