School Wellbeing Award
As many of you will be aware, our school is working towards a school wellbeing award. This award will take around 9-10 months to achieve and during this time we will be introducing new resources, implementing new initiatives and promoting the importance of positive mental health in our pupils and staff. Our task is to encourage and support attitudes and behaviours that bring about mind, body and spiritual resilience to enable children, young people and adults to better meet life challenges. In our society today, our young people are faced with many challenges that can shape our actions and wellbeing. Social media can play a huge part in our children's mental perspective. Parents also face challenges to protect their children from the dangers of social media and other influencing external factors.
We, at Holy Family need to ensure that children flourish. Flourishing can be expressed in a variety of ways:
- Goals in life
- Social connection
Mrs Jackie Boughey is our school's Emotional Literacy Lead and works part of the week on promoting positive mental health.She is trained as an ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant).
What is Emotional Literacy?
Emotional literacy is the ability to flow from one emotion to another knowing that this is always possible, i.e. it is possible to laugh and cry within minutes of each other.In this way, sadness is not an overwhelming feeling that will remain forever. Children who experience this overwhelm can be without hope.
Emotional literacy is the ability to recognise a wide range of feelings.
Emotional literacy is the ability to distinguish between different experiences of core feelings, e.g. anxiety, concern, irritation, being worried, confusion,etc. and know that each will bring about levels of response, i.e.irritation and anger have different degrees of feelings and will bring about different responses.
Emotional literacy is being able to respond not react, to appreciate and not to attach, to anticipate and not live of experiences that do not happen.
From September 2019, the government have introduced Mental Health Standards which are to be adopted in all schools. These standards have been written to address the challenges that both children and adults face in this new era of the so-called post modern society which is characterised by fast travel infrastructures, mass media, the internet, information overload and globalisation.
You can find these standards if you follow the link below:
At Holy Family we have collected in pupils, parents and staff views about mental health and we are working with specialists to drawn up an action plan for promoting emotional wellbeing in all areas of school. Our school governors are keen to promote this and are working alongside staff on this very important and vital project.
Our wellbeing team consist of: Mrs Holden (Headteacher), Mrs Maloney (Deputy Headteacher), Mrs Boughey (Wellbeing lead) Mr Paul O'Brien (parent governor representative). All of our team are happy to answer any questions you may have and we will keep you up to date with how things are developing.