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Merley First School

Dress to Express


The theme of the 2022 national awareness campaign was Growing Together and Merley pupils enjoyed a special assembly and activities throughout the week built around exploring their emotional wellbeing, confidence growing and appreciation for those who support them.

Headteacher Katharine Anstey explained: “Our school vision is ‘growing together to build our future’ so this year’s theme fitted perfectly. 

“We have been encouraging children - and adults - to consider how they have grown, and how they can help others to grow.

“We also decided to hold a ‘dress to express’ day and invited everyone to come in clothes that made them happy.

“There was a great deal of creativity shown through a huge range of outfits, from superhero costumes and sportswear, to fairies and even pyjamas and fluffy slippers!

"the week has produced a great deal of awareness and conversation, as well as a lot of fun.”

Merley First School is part of Wimborne Academy Trust (WAT).

CEO Liz West said: “It’s lovely to see the children of Merley First School so aware of the importance of good mental health - and also so many wonderfully brightly coloured outfits to cheer us up during a wintry February.”

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