At Our Lady and St Patrick’s, we recognise the importance of positive mental health and wellbeing for our pupils for successful learning, achievement and play. We also believe it is important for pupils to have a voice, be able to contribute ideas and influence how to improve the wellbeing of their peers across the school.
To help foster peer to peer level support, we have a group of Wellbeing Champions from Years 5 and 6. These Wellbeing Champions work closely with Mrs Morrison and Miss Stewardson, our school ELSA's and Mrs Goodfellow our Mental Health Lead, to help drive forward positive change and support for the whole school community by:
• Helping to create an ethos and culture of positive mental health that ensures early access to the support and help needed.
• Helping other children in the school to get support from an adult
• Encouraging children to look at whether they can sort out a problem themselves, or if they need to talk to an adult
• Promoting our Anti-Bullying policy across the school – to be the eyes and ears for the school and find further help to children who may be experiencing bullying behaviours.
• Supporting children to have fun and healthy play in the playground – helping with games and activities to encourage inclusion and positive interaction.
• Promoting particular Wellbeing activities.
• Championing and promoting wellbeing messages and events
• Collaborative working with other Wellbeing Champions across the school
• The Champions play an essential role in being the voice for their year groups; sharing information across the other classes; helping deliver Wellbeing Collective Worships; helping host sports day; and helping to organise events such as Children’s Mental Health Weeks.