The Week of Wellness at HTS

Melanie van de Water, Dean of Students
The week of January 30 to February 3 was our second annual Wellness Week. The Wellness Leaders from the Lower, Middle and Senior Schools worked together to create activities and events that inspired our students to get fit, eat better and pay close attention to their own state of mind.
The Lower School held events such as meditation during recess, hot chocolate breaks and outdoor hiking on the HTS trail. The Middle School used their FLEX periods to engage in discussions on body image and self-confidence as well as healthy eating. They even had a chance to perfect the ingredients in their fruit smoothies and snowshoe outdoors. Other activities across divisions included martial arts, yoga, nutrition seminars and mindfulness.

The Senior School’s Wellness Fair had many guests including members of the York Region Police Department to discuss drinking, driving and substance abuse. There were also guests and alumni who shared their stories of perseverance through challenging circumstances.

A highlight of the week for many students was the St. John's Ambulance therapy dogs and critters from Pawsitively Pets. Our student leaders, who were determined to have therapeutic animals in the building, proved that pet therapy is important as the entire school enjoyed having our furry friends in the building.

Congratulations to all of our Wellness Leaders who made the week a great success.