Disney’s new animated film, Encanto, has been a hit with children across all of our primary schools; its catchy tunes and feel-good vibe have enthused us all. Inspired by its most popular song, ‘We Don’t Talk About Bruno’, Cedar Children’s Academy have created an incredible display in its school halls, linking the successful movie to our mental health and safeguarding strategy.
The colourful artwork, which appeals to pupils’ enthusiasm for Encanto, encourages them to reflect on their emotions and any aspects of life that may be impacting how they feel. The iconic windows and doors of Encanto’s ‘casita’, each cut by hand, display safeguarding and mental health posters, and the pink blossoms were made by pupils at Cedar. The children have responded incredibly well, and their new display has resulted in even more renditions of ‘We Don’t Talk About Bruno’ being performed in the playground at lunchtime!
“I wanted the children to know that they can always talk about their feelings in school, and what better way than to link this with Encanto and Bruno? The children have really related to this and have stopped and taken time to look at the display. This has started conversations around their feelings. We have been able to speak to children and let them know that their feelings are valid. In the windows, it gives them information of services aimed at helping young children including NSPCC and Childline,” said George Randall, Designated Safeguarding Lead at Cedar Children’s Academy.
Cedar’s innovative display has received a huge amount of praise and attention from staff and parents on social media, attracting over 1,100 likes on Twitter and countless comments and shares on Facebook. Many teachers from other schools outside of our Trust were so impressed that they have shared their plans to replicate the display in their own schools!
We are proud to have such creative, talented staff at Cedar. Well done to Maria-Kristina Whatling and George Randall for their hard work on this – it’s great to see that it has been such a success!