This term students across the school have been participating in “Drop Everything and Read” during form time and this has been continued for Children’s Mental Health Week. D.E.A.R. is a national celebration of reading designed to remind us to make reading a priority activity in our everyday lives; it is also an opportunity for students to read and enjoy the books they want to explore, purely for the pleasure of reading. Studies have shown that reading as little as 6 minutes per day can improve your quality of sleep, reduce stress, and sharpen your mind. Students and staff have relished the opportunity to have 20 minutes of focused calm in an otherwise busy school day!