An Introduction to Wellbeing in Our School Community
The Wellbeing Award
In September 2018, the school made a commitment to the Wellbeing Award. It is being jointly funded by the School and the PTA and gives us a framework for reviewing our current provision in relation to mental health and emotional wellbeing. We will be expected to demonstrate our commitment to the following:
• promoting mental health as a part of every day life
• improving the emotional well being of our students and staff
• ensuring mental health problems are identified early and appropriate support is provided
• offering provision and interventions that match 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 have been collated and digitally summarised for us. These were then used to help us formulate a meaningful Action Plan to improve the way that we promote and protect the emotional well being and mental health of everyone.
There is a lot of work to do and it is estimated that securing the Award can take up to 2 years. We aim to keep 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 will be kept informed through assemblies, form noticeboards and special mental health awareness events.
As part of the Wellbeing Award Communication Strategy, two separate newsletters – “Wellbeing Parent Focus” and “Wellbeing Staff Focus” are published each half term and emailed to staff and parents. In addition with assistance from a group of Wellbeing Champions, we are issuing a Wellbeing Focus for students each haft 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”