During a visit to the London school, the Duchess joined a round table meeting of staff and mental health support workers to hear about its approach to wellbeing and therapy.Told that the rapidly changing online technology was something they “battle with every day”, Duchess heard from senior teachers that as soon as they “got to grips” with one app or social network, “another one turns up”. Asked what he got out of art, Shaquille, 16, said: “Art grounds me. It makes me calm and makes me think. It makes me in the moment instead of being on social media.”Shown the drawings he does in his spare time, aside from his A Level portfolio, the Duchess said: “This is what you can do if you don’t use on social media. It’s a fantastic advert. Honestly, it’s really, really incredible.”Asked whether she had studied art at school, the Duchess 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.” Meeting a group of students who were working with wax and fabric on their batik technique, she disclosed: “I’m desperate to go back to tie-dying! Do you remember tie-dying?”Speaking of the benefits of art, she added: “It expresses your creativity and can help your confidence.“I loved art when I was at school, and I did art A Level as well. The Duchess was at the school in Enfield, north London, in her role as patron of the charity Place2Be, a leading UK children’s mental health charity providing in-school support and expert training to improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families, teachers and school staff. “It’s interesting how food and energy and how you feel work together,” she told children, who were working on a project connecting food and their mood. “It’s amazing the connection between physical and mental wellbeing.”She also told them them that her three-year-old daughter already enjoyed eating olives and helped with cooking the family’s favourite “cheesy pasta”.She then moved into a final room to chat to a group of parents about issues affecting them and their children. Among the issues they discussed were techniques that parents used to cope with the stresses of the day, including yoga and spending time together as a family, away from television and screens. The Duchess of Cambridge visits Alperton Community School, in LondonCredit:Eddie Mulholland “This is amazing, it’s really clever how you’re using so many different mediums,” she said. “You can’t just look at the well-being of children without looking at the whole context,” she said. “The school and the home.“So many times, parents haven’t had a good experience at school themselves.”The Duchess then joined the school’s “Random Acts of Kindness” club, which sees pupils writing inspirational messages to send to staff and prefects to boost morale.”So much time and effort and energy goes into making these, it must be so appreciated by those who receive them,” she remarked.In a third session, an art class in the school’s textiles room, the Duchess met pupils working on batik, as she reminisced about her own time as an art student. Duchess of Cambridge talks to art students Shaquille and Prakruti during a visit Alperton Community School in LondonCredit:Eddie Mulholland “Is social media used at school?” the Duchess asked, hearing that while it was largely an out-of-school problem, teachers still update parents regularly about the online world students are using via a newsletter.Later, as she was shown the work of talented A Level art student Shaquille, 16, she exclaimed: “This is what you can do when you’re not on social media!”The Duchess also asked about mental health provision and whether young people self-refer to the school’s therapist, as well as whether teachers are helped with their own wellbeing. The Duchess of Cambridge talks to pupils during a visit to Lavender Primary School Credit:Chris Jackson The Duchess of Cambridge visits Lavender Primary School in support of Place2Be Children’s Mental Health Week. Credit:Chris Jackson Duchess of Cambridge is greeted by a Herbie the dog as she visits Lavender Primary SchoolCredit:CHRIS JACKSON/AFP/Getty Images The photograph Credit:Chris Jackson/PA “I still look back on that time and still love the skills I learnt then, so I hope you’ll feel the same. It will be a skill you’ll have for life.”Speaking to star pupils Shaquille and Prakruti, both 16, she said: “It’s so amazing to hear your passion for it. You’ve got a real talent, both of you, please keep it up.The Duchess was shown around Alperton Community School by the UK’s first recipient of the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize, Andria Zafirakou, who won in 2018 in recognition of her contribution to the school community. “This is a photograph of my family. These are my children and this is my husband. And my family makes me feel happy. And we like playing outside together and spending lots of time together as a family.” The Duchess of Cambridge has celebrated what can be achieved when young people are not on social media, as she spoke of the benefits of art for children including her own. The Duchess told a teenage artist that he was a “fantastic advert” for what young people could achieve when they switch off from the online world and focus on their talents.Questioning teachers about the use of social media in schools, she hailed art as a means of unlocking children’s creativity and confidence.During a visit to Alperton Community School, the Duchess disclosed how she is making the most of her own arts education to take up papier-mâché with her children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, and harbours a desire to go back to tie-dying. Prince George, she said, had recently picked up a piece of charcoal from the fireplace and asked to draw a picture, as the family embrace art in all its mediums. The London school is considered as at the forefront of mental health provision in schools, with trained specialist counsellors and a strategy that “we’re not an exam factory type of school”.In an earlier visit, to Lavender Primary at an event to mark Children’s Mental Health Week, the Duchess joined in a game of “show and tell” with primary school children today, as she brought along a photograph of her family as the object that “makes her happy”.Sitting down with a table full of of youngsters who had been tasked with bringing in a special object, the Duchess opened up her black clutch bag and told them: “I’ve got something. It’s not very big. Do you want to see it?