St John’s Church of England Primary school and Church (in Wellington) have been very lucky to receive four new benches recently. Inspired by the new mindful benches that have recently been donated to many towns, staff member Jenna Cook, decided this was something the school and church would greatly benefit from.
“We have all been through so many challenges, over the last few years in particular, and have realised the importance of looking after our mental health. One of the best ways to do this is through talking and so I wanted to make sure the children and staff of school had somewhere to sit and give them the space to do this. Our school ethos is sharing joy and hope within our community and so naturally we wanted St John’s church to also receive a new bench so that our community can also have an opportunity to sit and talk.”
The children have commented saying how comfortable and perfect they are, and they love the fact that each one has a different and personal message.
All of this was made possible, thanks to a very generous donation from school family member: Tony Tilley. He was very pleased to get involved with this project, appreciating the importance of building up the children’s confidence again by prioritising their mental health and well-being.
Each bench has now been placed on all of the playgrounds, and in the sensory garden giving all children the opportunity to enjoy, as well as one being placed in St John’s Church grounds. Church warden Christine Winhall was thrilled to receive the bench on the church’s behalf, and has had it placed within the front grounds of the church, with the school within view. The benches are all made from recycled plastic and each have different personalised plaques, and will be enjoyed by staff, children and the local community for many years to come.