Earlier this week on Tuesday, The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of Place2Be, made a series of video calls and spoke one-on-one with teachers from Ribbon Academy in County Durham about the important work they have been doing during the pandemic to support children and their families and thanked them for being the ‘lifeline’ and their ‘fantastic’ work during the challenging time.
Schools are doing an amazing job, as parents, you really recognise what a vital role you do play for us on a day to day basis – having remote learning as well – The Duchess of Cambridge
This week Plac2Be is celebrating Children’s Mental Health Week and The Duchess of Cambridge released a video message marking the beginning of the week during her morning Jog last weekend. Today’s call was a continuing effort highlighting the special week and the work teachers around the nation are doing during the lockdown.
Partnering with Place2Be, The Duchess asked children from Ribbon Academy in Durham to express their feelings through creative drawing. Kensington Palace said, “This week we’re encouraging parents and children around the world to create a drawing and at the end of this week, we will share more of your inspiring sketches“.
During the call, The Duchess of Cambridge asked the teachers about the mental health of parents. Teachers Ashleigh Sheridan, Chris Reay, Louise Tweedie, Hannah Rispin participated in the one-on-one conversation with The Duchess of Cambridge. Head Teacher Ashleigh Sheridan told Catherine, “The pandemic has exposed mental health issues everywhere. Hopefully, that awareness and need to have secure mental health will be recognised across the country.”
I totally agree. I’m so passionate about all the works that teachers up and down the country are doing. You are doing the most amazing job. You are a lifeline to so many families out there. I know it takes an awful lot of effort, energy, patience – The Duchess of Cambridge
Ribbon Academy and Place2Be, a charity which provides mental health support in schools, have been working in partnership since 2002 to provide teachers and school workers with the tools they need to support the psychological wellbeing of children, parents and staff. Chris Reay, a teacher who participated in the conversation, is a high-level teaching and learning partner, who attended Place2Be sessions as a child after a traumatic life event and is now working at the school in the village of Murton near Durham.
Thanking the Teachers, The Duchess said,
I know this time has been really challenging for teachers across the country. You play such a vital role in looking after our children so it’s important that you are looked after too. I want to say a massive thank you to teachers across the country. You’re doing a fantastic job. It’s been really, really hard work. But please look after yourselves.
The Duchess of Cambridge wore her Rebecca Taylor Sparkle Tweed Ruffle Jacket and Skirt for the video call. Catherine wore Rebecca Taylor Sparkle Tweed Ruffle Jacket and Skirt to visit Ronald McDonald House Opening in February 2017.
The dress was quite similar to her other Rebecca Taylor Tweed Suit. This tweed jacket with metallic thread featured a concealed snap front with split collar, patch pockets, ruffle hem and frayed finish throughout – all with a hint of sparkle. It came with a matching frayed tired knee-length skirt.
It looks like The Duchess of Cambridge was wearing her Missoma Rhodochrosite Gold Mini Pyramid Charm Hoops.
This week the Duchess of Cambridge also attended one more meeting with her Early Years Intervention group. Since the beginning of 2021, it was Catherine’s 4th meeting with the group. I expect some news in the upcoming years.