This week in house meetings the children thought carefully about what matters most to them. In the middle of the spiral the children wrote or drew pictures of what matters to them day to day. As they moved further out of the spiral they thought about what matters to them in the wider world. It was lovely to hear the children sharing their different views and ideas and to know that there voices really do matter.
This week in PSHE, Marie from the Healthy Minds Team, taught us about our worries. She reassured us that everyone worries and taught us how to control how we deal with strong feelings.
On Friday, Marie delivered a workshop for our Year 6 children and their parents. They discussed the upcoming transitions and how we deal with worry. Marie gave us all some helpful strategies that we can adopt in and outside of school. Thank you Marie and thank you to all the parents that attended – we appreciate your continued support.
Children’s Mental Health Week 2023 will take place from 6-12 February 2023. This year’s theme is Let’s Connect.
Let’s Connect is about making meaningful connections. People thrive in communities, and this connection is vital for our wellbeing. When we have healthy connections – to family, friends and others – this can support our mental health and our sense of wellbeing.
During the week, we’ll have a special assembly from Bluejay wellness and we will be having a particular focus on connecting with each other during house meetings that week.
We are pleased to inform you we have teamed up with The Healthy Minds Team, South Tyneside. They are an NHS service for children and young people who attend a school or college in South Tyneside and/or are registered with a local GP to improve mental health outcomes for children and young people.
They offer evidence-based treatments, including individual, group, and family work, for a variety of common mental health issues, these may include:
- Low Mood and Depression
- Worry and Anxiety
- Controlling Anger & Emotions
- Self-Harming Behaviours
- Relationship & Family Difficulties
- Building Self Esteem
- Developing Resilience
They aim to help children and young people at the earliest possible stage, in order to support children, young people and families to develop skills and promote positive wellbeing and reduce the risk of further distress.
Our named Educational Mental Health Practitioner is Marie Holmes. Marie will be based in our school, working with Mrs Welsh, on a Friday.
We have planned assemblies to introduce the children to Marie so that she is a familiar face in school.
Year 1 and 2 will be taking part in a programme called We Eat Elephants. This is a story based approach to help children understand what they are feeling, why and how to deal with the effects.
Marie will be delivering the sessions, during PSHE, supported by Mrs Welsh.
If you would like any more information on the programme or think your child would benefit from a 1:1 programme of work with Marie, please contact Mrs Welsh directly in school.
St Bede’s has joined the fight to end ‘period poverty’ for schoolgirls. Figures show that 48 per cent of UK girls struggle to pay for their sanitary products. Here at St Bede’s we are involved in The Red Box Project; an initiative that quietly ensures that no young woman misses out on her education because of her period.
Sanitary provisions are available to all students from Mrs Welsh and bins provided in the Year 5/6 toilets.
If your child has any questions regarding this please speak to Mrs Welsh.
Some fantastic work was produced by our talented children that we could not see go to waste. It is proudly on show in the junior corridor for all to see.
As part of Children’s Mental Health Week (7th-13th February), Children from Years 4 and 5 took part in some activities linked to the Mental Health Week theme of ‘Growing Together’.
Firstly we enjoyed watching a virtual assembly which introduced ‘support balloons’ and ‘reaching for the stars’.
The children then designed their own ‘support balloons’ by considering the people in their lives that help them to grow. We discussed the importance of recognising the people we can turn to when we need ‘lifting up.’
They also created their star which set a goal they wanted to reach. They listened to S Club 7’s ‘Reach for the Stars’ for inspiration! The children set an emotional goal they would like to achieve or overcome then they thought about the ‘steps’ they would take to reach their goal. They wrote their ‘steps to success’ on the rungs of a ladder.
The children’s completed work will be used to create a bright, colourful display in school.
Please find attached Families Summer Information Leaflet for summer 2021.