To celebrate Children’s Mental Health Week we launched a poster competition for all Trust pupils to enter, the focus of the competition was to create a poster based on the Place to Be theme of ‘Let’s Connect’. An astonishing 1500 of our pupils entered across our schools, demonstrating creativity, imagination and flair. The variety of poster designs and art work were very inspirational and moving, with some children focusing on a more art-based poster, and others focusing more on an informative based poster. The winners, one from each school, were invited to a Celebration Assembly with special guest Angela Rayner MP who presented them with a certificate, book token and wellbeing book.
Leanne Frankish, Trust Wellbeing Development Officer said, “The response to the poster competition was overwhelming, and the standard of entries was incredible. Raising awareness for children’s mental health is more pivotal now than it has ever been.
With an increase in mental health illnesses since Covid, it is important that we keep children’s mental health high on the agenda and at Victorious Academies Trust we are doing just that. This competition was an opportunity for children to express themselves and talk about how connections can help us to improve our mental health.”
Karen Burns said “This was a superb event which involved a huge number of children and really helped to further embed our ongoing commitment to supporting pupils to look after their own mental health and that of their peers.”
Angela Rayner MP said: “School visits are the best bit of my job and it was great to see the pupils put so much effort into tackling such an important issue.
Congratulations to all the winners. I am so proud of you all and I can’t wait to see the posters on display in the library!”
Angela spent time talking to the children about her role as an MP, and congratulating the children on their achievement to be one of the 12 winners from 1500 entries.
As part of the campaign to raise awareness for children’s mental health, and to celebrate the effort of the children, Tameside libraries has offered to put up a display of the posters. Tameside residents, parents, and children will be able to view the top 250 posters for the entirety of April 2023 at Dukinfield Library.