Emotional Health Wellbeing Policy can be found on the school Policies page.
At St Michael in the Hamlet Primary School, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils, families and staff. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.
At our school we:
- help children to understand their emotions and feelings better
- help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
- help children socially to form and maintain relationships
- promote self esteem and ensure children know that they count
- encourage children to be confident and ‘dare to be different’
- help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks
Below is a sample of some of the things we do at SMITH to ensure our children are able to grow and flourish into amazing citizens of the future.
- An exciting and engaging curriculum.
- A culture of support that runs throughout the school.
- We recognise and celebrate all achievements.
- Wellbeing Wednesdays.
- ROAR Mental health whole school approach.
- We have a trained counsellor to support children, parents/carers and staff.
- Child massage and meditation sessions.
- Worry boxes/ Worry Bunny
- Assemblies (healthy eating, hygiene, strangers, kindness, being a friend etc.)
- Circle time/ Dough disco/ Cosmic Yoga.
- Calm breakout spaces/ Cool down areas.
Suggested Websites for Wellbeing Activities and Children’s Mental Health support…
Talking to children about feelings – NHS (www.nhs.uk)
10 Tips For Raising Resilient Kids (psychcentral.com)
The following resources were shared to help with lockdown. You may, however, still find them useful.
Children’s Mental Health Week – February 2023
During Children’s mental health week we took part in lots of different activities to support our mental health and wellbeing. This years theme was ‘Let’s Connect’ which is about making meaningful connections. People thrive in communities, and this connection is vital for our wellbeing. When we have healthy connections – to family, friends and others – this can support our mental health and our sense of wellbeing.