From the 2020/21 academic year, the Wellbeing team launched a range of new agendas ensuring our children
and staff were given the support needed as we returned to school after the disruption of the school year.
Their work includes:
- Implementing a PSHE curriculum based on three core themes – health and wellbeing, relationships and
living in the wider world.
- Introducing the St Joseph’s Core Values and the Wheel of Wellbeing: Empathy, Respect, Resilience, Ambition, Adaptability and Responsibility.
- Reintroducing The Daily Mile and launching a whole school exercise programme.
- Raising money for Young Minds – a charity focusing on the wellbeing of children and young adults
Alongside our ‘Behaviour for Learning’ values also have The St Joseph’s ‘Wheel of Wellbeing’. You can see our
Behaviour for Learning and Relationships Policy here.
The Wheel of Wellbeing, or WOW, focuses on six key themes.
- Body – being active and keeping healthy.
- Mind – promoting life-long learning and being open to trying new things.
- Spirit – looking out for others, practising random acts of kindness, giving thanks.
- People – connecting with others.
- Place – savouring our surroundings.
- Planet – looking after our planet.
The primary leadership team will work alongside the wellbeing team in introducing themes throughout the school year,
giving them ideas on how they can demonstrate the different areas and boost their wellbeing in the school.
Some Useful Links:
- At this time, finding safe ways to make connections with each other and spread kindness is essential. Action for Happiness have a ‘Friendly February’ calendar, encouraging everyone to focus on reaching out to connect with others and doing our best to be a good friend. Our acts of kindness and connection ripple out and impact so many more people than we realise – and they also boost our own happy hormones too! In stressful times people around us may be feeling the strain, so let’s try to keep calm, take time to listen and show compassion https://www.actionforhappiness.org/february. The calendar is available in many languages on this link also.
- Useful information and resources to support you and your family during this time – Surrey CC: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/271240/Family-Wellbeing-during-uncertain-times.pdf
- Surrey’s Family Information Service: https://www.surreysfamilyhelphub.org.uk/?view=category.
- Surrey’s Family Learning courses are free for parents and carers to help you give your child a positive start in life, and to help support your child’s learning and development at home and school. https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/adult-learning/courses/family-learning.
- With children’s wellbeing in mind, it is crucial to remember the importance of maintaining our own wellbeing, as this can have an impact on children.
The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families website has a great deal of information about wellbeing.
The link directs you to support and advice for parents and carers: https://www.annafreud.org/parents-and-carers/self-care-for-parents-and-carers/
- Health, Wellbeing and Emotional Wellbeing Support for Children in Surrey
- Xavier Catholic Education Trust –
Supporting your child’s mental health and well-being during lockdown – YouTube
- Xavier Catholic Education Trust –
Supporting the Wellbeing of your Family During Lockdown
- Kooth is an amazing online mental wellbeing community, which offers free, safe and anonymous support for anyone in need. See https://www.kooth.com/ for more information or to chat online with someone who can help.