Headteacher garden with bubbles and balloons

International Day of Play

Posted: 11th June 2024

school girl dressing up in purple costume

Today, St Lawrence College Junior School joined the global celebration of the UN International Day of Play, emphasising the vital importance of play for every child, as enshrined in Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Article 31 underscores that children and young people have the right to have fun in the manner they choose, whether through playing sports, watching films, or engaging in other leisure activities. Additionally, it affirms their right to rest, underscoring the holistic approach to a child’s well-being.

The festivities at St Lawrence College kicked off with play-themed activities integrated into the Forest School sessions for both Prep and Pre-School children. As the morning progressed, the celebration continued into breaktime, where the spirit of playfulness was palpable. Prep children reveled in a variety of engaging activities in the Head’s garden as well as on the Owen Field which included playing with diabalos, parachute games, dressing up, playing with Lego, cricket, and finally board and card games, all set to a backdrop of bubbles and balloons.

Mrs Ellen Rowe, Headteacher, highlighted the importance of this day, saying, “Play is fundamental to a child’s development and well-being. It nurtures their imagination, builds physical and social skills, and provides an essential outlet for relaxation and enjoyment. Today, we honour the right of every child to experience joy and rest in a manner that resonates with them.”

Categories: Pre-Prep Prep