Welcome to The Helix

The wellbeing of the Downe House community has received a boost with the opening of a brand new space called The Helix.

28 February 2020

The Helix is intended to provide not only a more informal classroom for the Learning for Life programme, (formerly known as PSHE) but also a quiet device-free space where girls can go when they feel like some time out or to listen to relaxing music in the sensory room, to use a meditation app or to chat to a member of The Helix staff. From Remove to Upper Fifth, girls have one Learning for Life session each week, which now takes place in The Helix. The room is deliberately designed without desks or whiteboards in order to facilitate open discussion around a host of sensitive topics covered in the Learning for Life programme. Girls sit on comfy beanbags and benches, eat healthy snacks and drinks, and are encouraged to think about how the important issues being discussed relate to them with fewer distractions or barriers. Plans are in place to hold yoga and other wellbeing activities in The Helix, peer mentoring sessions and drop-in counselling clinics.

Head of Learning for Life, Miss Katy Tinman said,

The relaxed atmosphere in The Helix has made a huge difference to the class dynamic. There has been a noticeable shift in the way the girls are responding to the topics we cover in the PSHE curriculum, especially those which are of a sensitive nature. The girls are more comfortable talking to each other and asking questions. The Helix is quickly becoming a popular place for girls to take a quiet moment out of their busy lives to relax and recharge.

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Our wellbeing programme gives the girls the tools for life to care for themselves as well as each other.


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