A SCHOOL has celebrated a mental wellbeing week with a special dress up day.

Pupils at Howbridge Junior School, in Witham, ‘dressed to express’, to celebrate Children’s Mental Health Week.

The school took a unique approach to their latest non-uniform day, inviting children to dress in clothes that express something special about their personalities.

The new initiative – ‘dress to express’ – marked the end of the school’s celebration of Children’s Mental Health Week, which has seen students taking part in a wide variety of activities to highlight the importance of looking after their mental wellbeing.

The week, put on by children’s mental health charity Place2Be, was launched in 2015 to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health.

Year 5 pupil Eden-Rose said: “It’s a good idea because you get to show everyone what you like and mine is black glitter and unicorns.”

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Children from across the school threw themselves into the theme, expressing themselves with clothes and accessories that represented their favourite colours, hobbies, and book characters.

From football kits to pyjamas, the children used the day as a chance to celebrate their individuality and show their friends and teachers what makes them happy.

Headteacher Lisa Dale said: “Our ‘dress to express’ day has been a great way to end the school’s celebration of Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week.

“Throughout the week, pupils have been engaging in a variety of fun activities to promote mental health and wellbeing, including mindfulness time, positive affirmation games and a hot air balloon activity."