An Introduction to Wellbeing in Our School Community
The Wellbeing Award – Update October 2019
After a great deal of hard work from October 2018 to October 2019, St John Fisher Catholic High School was awarded the Wellbeing Award for Schools. This was an amazing achievement in such a short space of time. During the last 12 months, we have raised the awareness of mental health and emotional wellbeing for our students, staff and parents. The following outlines the basic requirements that needed fulfilling in order to achieve the award.
In September 2018, the school made a commitment to the Wellbeing Award which was jointly funded by the School and the PTA and gave us a framework for reviewing our current provision in relation to mental health and emotional wellbeing. We were expected to demonstrate our commitment to the following:
• promoting mental health as a part of every day life
• improving the emotional wellbeing of our students and staff
• ensuring mental health problems were identified early and appropriate support provided
• offering provision and interventions that matched the needs of students and staff
• raising awareness of the importance of mental health awareness
In September, the WAS evaluation survey was emailed to all members of our school community with the aim of receiving as many views as possible on this subject. All of the responses from students, staff and parents were collated and digitally summarised for us. These were then used to help us formulate a meaningful Action Plan to improve the way that we promoted and protected the emotional well being and mental health of everyone.
There was a lot of work to do and was estimated that securing the Award could take up to 2 years. We regularly kept everyone informed of our progress via regular inserts in the school Newsletter (see https://sjfchs.org.uk/information/newsletter-2/), on the website and on Facebook. Students were also kept informed through assemblies, form noticeboards and special mental health awareness events.
As part of the Wellbeing Award Communication Strategy, Wellbeing Newsletters are published each term and emailed to staff and parents. In addition with assistance from a group of Wellbeing Champions, we are also issuing a Wellbeing Focus for students each term.
Wellbeing Award Logo Competition
We were keen to have a Wellbeing Award logo and therefore launched a school competition. There was a great response to this especially from 8B and the winning logo was designed by Molly Ryan-Sands (8B) and in 2nd place was Jasmine Sibley (8B) and in 3rd place Ben Hargreaves (8B).
Molly chose the words “Fisher’s Family” as she said “I feel that some people at school are like my family and we all need to feel part of the Fisher’s family when we are at school. I chose the backwards E to show that it’s ok to be different”