MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING
At Holy Cross Catholic Primary School, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and well-being of our pupils and staff. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.
Mrs Brás is our qualified Mental Health Lead
At our school we:
- help children to understand their emotions and feelings better
- help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
- help children socially to form and maintain relationships
- promote self esteem and ensure children know that they count
- encourage children to be confident and ‘dare to be different’
- help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks
We offer different levels of support:
Universal Support– To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. For instance developing resilience for all.
Additional support– For those who may have short term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement.
Targeted support– For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as well-being groups or personal mentors.
Lead staff member:
Mrs Paula Brás: SENDCO and Mental Health and Emotional Well-being Lead
Our School Nurse is available to support you with any medical issues or concerns you may have.
The Nurse is not based at school but calls in once a week to ensure any requests are dealt with effectively.
Please phone school to make an appointment or speak to Mrs Brás our SENDCO.
Our Pastoral Team are here to support and offer help to families with attendance and punctuality issues.
Engage and Change
Work with children in years 5 and 6 to developing self –esteem and confidence in weekly lessons. Developing knowledge and understanding relating to health and well-being leading to developing behaviour and self-belief.
They also deliver Parent workshops focusing on healthy eating and preparing healthy meals on a budget. (after school workshop) A Mental health Level 2 first aid qualification is available for parents and carers (after school workshop)
My Happy Mind Programme
The programme enables staff, parents and children help to prepare today’s children for tomorrow’s world by building resilient, balanced and happy minds at home, nursery and school. It combines the latest research, science and technology to help children develop lifelong habits and learn to thrive