Every Photo from Kate Middleton's Busy Day of School Visits Championing Children's Mental Health
Kate Middleton went back to school on Tuesday as she took the next step in her fight to help improve the mental health of children.
The royal mom of three visited two schools in support of Children's Mental Health Week, which is run by one of her charities, Place2Be. Place2Be works in more than 280 elementary and secondary schools to provide in-school support and expert training to improve the emotional well-being of pupils, families, teachers and school staff.
For the occasion, Kate wore a bright green dress by Eponine and heeled black boots as well as Kiki McDonough earrings.
She was greeted by singing school children...
Kate watched as students took part in the school's Daily Mile challenge, which encourages kids to be active.
Kate took part in an activity where students shared objects that represent something that makes them feel good. She brought a picture of her family as her item!
"This is a photograph of my family. These are my children, and this is my husband. And my family makes me feel happy," Kate told the youngsters. "And we like playing outside together and spending lots of time together as a family, and that makes me feel very happy."
Kate also took part in a discussion about encouraging good routines and habits around sleep, screen time, healthy eating and exercise.
She also learned about how food can affect physical and mental well-being.
"She was telling us how much her children love cooking and how they cook for her," Matthew Kleiner-Mann, chief executive of the Ivy Learning Trust, told reporters. "They made cheesy pasta the other day. One stirs the flour, one puts the milk and butter in. And they make salads and stuff."
Kate also received a bouquet of flowers from a young student.
Onto stop number two of the day!
Kate then headed to the Alperton Community School.
While meeting with students about how art positively impacts their well-being, Kate said her own kids love to get creative.
One pupil asked whether she had studied art at school, and she said, "I did, yeah. I loved it. It's something that I'm loving doing with the children. The papier-mâché! I forgot how messy it was. It's so messy, but it’s great."
"George found a piece of charcoal in the fireplace and said, 'Mummy, I'm going to draw a picture.' That's what’s so nice, you can do it from all around you," the art history major said.
Kate joined a round table meeting of staff and mental health support workers to hear about its approach to wellbeing and therapy. The royal mom told that the rapidly changing online technology was something they "battle with every day," Kate heard from senior teachers that as soon as they "got to grips" with one app or social network, "another one turns up."
In a third session, an art class in the school’s textiles room, Kate met students working on batik, as she reminisced about her own time as an art student.
"This is amazing, it’s really clever how you’re using so many different mediums,” she said"
The London school is considered as at the forefront of mental health provision in schools, with trained specialist counsellors and a strategy for speaking to both students and parents.