Wellbeing information about our school.
At St Mary’s, we believe that looking after the mental health and well-being of staff and pupils is fundamental to the health and success of the whole school. Our aim is that all staff and children are resilient and able to cope with the pressures of life together. We have appointed a Well-being Lead to promote and support well-being across the school. Some of the strategies that we have already implemented to support positive mental health and well-being are detailed below. We continually review the impact of these and gather the views of staff and children to improve and build on what is in place.
Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.Steve Maraboli
Each class has a worry monster and children are encouraged to share any worries or questions that they have by putting them into the worry monster. These are monitored by staff and discussed sensitively during class reflection time.
We have quiet spaces in school which children can access during breaktimes when they would prefer a quiet alternative to the school yard. Children will be able to take part in quiet activities such as reading, writing or drawing, building Lego or just chatting with friends and relaxing!
We appreciate that children spend a lot of time outside during the week and that play is vitally important for social, emotional and physical development. Our School Council spent time during the summer term developing zones for the outdoor play areas and they will continue to focus on this work during 2023/24.
All classes have timetabled PE during the week which is delivered by qualified sports coaches. Sports include: dance, gymnastics, invasion games, hockey, swimming, football, athletics and many more.
Our school dinners are cooked on site and are designed to meet the standards for schools set by the Food Standard Agency. Children can select from different main dinner options (at least one is a vegetarian option), jacket potato with salad or sandwiches. Children are offered water or milk to drink with their school dinner. Menus are available on our website.
We ask that you provide your child with healthy food options. Packed lunches should not contain sweets or chocolate. If they contain a sweet snack such as a biscuit, please monitor the amount given. Children may bring in a drink to have with their packed lunch. Water, a small amount of sugar-free squash, flavoured water or fruit juice may be drunk with packed lunches in the hall.
All pupils in EYFS, Years 1 and 2 are offered fruit or vegetables as a snack in the morning. We encourage pupils to bring in healthy snacks of fruit, vegetables or cereal bars for eating during the morning break.
We ask that every child has a water bottle in school every day. Children take their bottles home each evening to ensure they are kept clean and hygienic. If a child’s bottle empties during the school day, they will be encouraged to fill it. Children are encouraged to drink water throughout the day.
We teach children about feeling good, being healthy and caring for themselves through our everyday teaching, PSHE and science lessons and through all aspects of school provision. Our aim is to:
We know that at times children and adults may require additional support and advice to address well being and mental health challenges. We have three levels of support to ensure that we provide for the needs of our school community:
Be there to listen
Regularly ask how they’re doing so they get used to talking about their feelings and know there’s always someone to listen if they want it. Find out how to create a space where they will open up.
Support them through difficulties
Pay attention to their emotions and behaviour, and try to help them work through difficulties. It’s not always easy when faced with challenging behaviour, but try to help them understand what they’re feeling and why.
Stay involved in their life
Show interest in their life and the things important to them. It not only helps them value who they are but also makes it easier for you to spot problems and support them.
Encourage their interests
Being active or creative, learning new things and being a part of a team help connect us with others and are important ways we can all help our mental health. Support and encourage them to explore their interests, whatever they are.
Take what they say seriously
Listening to and valuing what they say, without judging their feelings, in turn makes them feel valued. Consider how to help them process and work through their emotions in a more constructive way.
Build positive routines
We know it still may not be easy, but try to reintroduce structure around regular routines, healthy eating and exercise. A good night’s sleep is also really important – try to get them back into routines that fit with school.
Our whole school ‘Celebration of the Word’ on 25th September centred on a passage from Matthew’s Gospel reminding us that we are called to share the light of Christ with everyone we meet. We reflected on ways that we could achieve this. “No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but […]
Published: October 4, 2023
To celebrate European Day of Languages on 26th September, we launched our new MfL curriculum with a Spanish themed day, including a delicious Spanish menu for lunch. The children thoroughly enjoyed the dishes on offer, especially the churros with warm dipping sauce – mmm!
Published: October 4, 2023
All children are invited to receive a free lunch and our hall will be decorated to match the theme heroes and superheroes! Free raffle entry for every child who has a school meal!
Published: October 4, 2023