Earlier this month, we wrapped up our 3rd annual Wellness Week at SCIS. Our theme this year was “I Like Me”. This meant that students were encouraged to be confident with who they are as people, build self-esteem, discover strengths, and explore activities and habits that make them happy. All were empowered to make healthy choices in their lives through active living, nutrition, and positive thinking.

Morning Movement Sessions

During the week we welcomed fitness coaches from around Shanghai to lead us in Morning Movement sessions. On November 12th, Erwin Regidor from ALFA Coaching led students in strength, flexibility, and conditioning exercises. Next, Jenn Martinez from Spinback Indoor Cycling joined students and got their bodies moving to the music with a choreographed dance. 

On Thursday, we welcomed Stefanie and Zhenya from Ringside Boxing and Beyond. They led our Dragons through a high-intensity boxing fitness program. This program not only introduced us to many of the boxing basics but also kept us moving at a very fast tempo. 

It was wonderful weather on our final day when two amazing trainers from F45 visited the school. Ahmed and Joe brought their upbeat cardiovascular and muscular fitness training program to SCIS. We had a blast participating in a variety of fun and challenging movements.

Wellness Activities

In addition to the Morning Movement sessions, the Upper School provided a variety of wellness activities throughout the week. First, we began by having our very own SCIS parent and psychologist, Dr. Paul Wang, who told his personal story about how he became to like himself despite the challenges he’s faced. He also hosted a parent workshop titled, “Coaching Your Emotional Teen: Building Self-Esteem Through the Languages of Love.” 

Next, on Tuesday, some of our staff members shared their inspiring stories about how their resiliency leads to triumph. Wednesday our students were engaged in different wellness workshops which included: singing bowls, meditation, yoga Nidra, jiujitsu, badminton, a tea ceremony, mindfulness through art, a theater workshop with our DP students, scrapbooking, Zumba, and mindfulness and breathing. 

Lastly, we ended the week with an Upper School community art mural. This allowed students to visually represent their identity and what they like about themselves through art.

A big thank you to all the professionals that joined us at SCIS throughout the week, but also to teachers, students, and families for their enthusiasm and commitment to healthy living and self-esteem. We encourage the entire community to start to set goals and take time each day for their personal health. This will help everyone form healthy habits that will take wellness beyond Wellness Week and make it a fundamental part of our lives.

SCIS. Empowering Learners.

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