Wellbeing and Pastoral Support

Welcome to our happy school. We love learning and we love our school but there are days when things don’t turn out the way we expected or we just feel a bit out of sorts. We know that these feelings are completely normal and there are things that we can do to help us feel better.

We are a growth mindset school! This means that we can accept change and move on when things are tricky. We know that it’s ok to have a wobble because that’s how we learn and develop. We challenge ourselves and accept that sometimes the outcome will be positive and sometimes not as we’d hoped. BUT THAT’S OK!

We practise mindfulness. We can train our minds to relax and focus on our breathing to help us stay calm. We do yoga  and a range of sports – a healthy body can lead to a healthy mind. We use an app called Headspace which has specific exercises covering a range of areas.

We have Wellbeing Champions. Children from across the school remind us of strategies we can use in our daily school life and they plan fun events for us to take part in. They are currently planning a friendship week for us during Anti-Bullying Week.

We promote a healthy diet. School dinners are tasty and nutritious and we are encouraged to bring in healthy snacks in KS2. The infants have a piece of fruit or vegetable based snack each day. We drink plenty of water to keep ourselves hydrated – this is linked to better performance in the classroom and supports general wellbeing.

Everyone at St. Vincent’s is responsible for pastoral care but we have two members of staff who oversee this provision, Mrs Gee and Mrs Robinson. We know that if we need to speak to a grown up about something, we can ask a member of staff in our class or see Mrs Gee or Mrs Robinson. We can visit them in the Cosy Corner in the Juniors or the Rainbow Room in the Infants or see them around school as they are outside at break times and lunch times.

Information for Parents:

Emotional Wellbeing

The emotional wellbeing of children is just as important as their physical health. Good mental health allows children and young people to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults.

Things that can help keep children and young people mentally well include:

  • being in good physical health, eating a balanced diet and getting regular exercise
  • having time and the freedom to play, indoors and outdoors
  • being part of a loving family
  • going to a school that looks after the wellbeing of all its pupils
  • taking part in local activities for young people

Other factors are also important, including:

  • feeling loved, trusted, understood, valued and safe
  • being interested in life and having opportunities to enjoy themselves
  • being hopeful and optimistic
  • being able to learn and having opportunities to succeed
  • accepting who they are and recognising what they are good at
  • having a sense of belonging in their family, school and community
  • feeling they have some control over their own life
  • having the strength to cope when something is wrong (resilience) and the ability to solve problems.

Most children grow up mentally healthy, but surveys suggest that more children and young people have problems with their mental health today than 30 years ago. That’s probably because of changes in the way we live now and how that affects the experience of growing up.

Dealing with change

Mostly things that happen to children don’t lead to mental health problems on their own, but traumatic events can trigger problems for children and young people who are already vulnerable.

What mental health problems commonly occur in children?

There are several types of mental health problems that children may encounter for example; feeling low or depressed, self-harming or post-traumatic stress.

What help is available?

Parental help

If children have a warm, open relationship with their parents, children will usually feel able to tell them if they are troubled. One of the most important ways parents can help is to listen to them and take their feelings seriously. They may want a hug, they may want you to help them change something or they may want practical help.

Children and young people’s negative feelings usually pass. However, it’s a good idea to get help if your child is distressed for a long time.

School support

Our pastoral team led by Mrs Gee and Mrs Robinson offer support to children and families. Please phone school or email  admin@stvincents.trafford.sch.uk to get in touch with them.

Here are some of the ways we can help:

  • emotional support for bereaved families and signposting to external support agencies
  • support for pupils experiencing friendship difficulties
  • support for families new to the school
  • strategies for parents to support their child’s wellbeing and health, close links with the school nurse
  • support for children and families in a range of difficult circumstances

Professional help

If your child is having emotional difficulties, a teacher, school nurse or educational psychologist may be able to help. Otherwise, you can go to your GP or speak to a health visitor. These professionals are able to refer a child for further help. Different professionals often work together at Healthy Young Minds (formerly Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services CAMHS)  http://healthyyoungmindspennine.nhs.uk/ .

Healthy Young Minds offer specialist services to children and young people who are experiencing mental health difficulties. They help children and young people up to the age of 18 years and provide assessment and intervention and support to their families/carers.Healthy Young Minds Trafford are based at Sale Waterside Tel: 0161 716 4747

The Counselling and Family Centre in Altrincham have provided training for staff and offer a range of services to support families.

Telephone: 0161 941 7754

Website: www.thecfc.org.uk

Counselling services cost £40 but no one is turned away and what you actually pay is based on your household income.

Talking it through

Assessments and treatments for children and young people with mental health difficulties put a lot of emphasis on talking and on understanding the problem in order to work out the best way to tackle it. For young children, this may be done through play.

Most of the time, the action that professionals recommend is not complex. and it often involves the rest of the family. Your child may be referred to a specialist who is trained to help them explore their feelings and behaviour. This kind of treatment is called a talking therapy, psychological therapy or counselling.

Organisations that can help

ChildLine 0800 1111

Healthy Young Minds www.penninecare.nhs.uk/your-services/service-directory/trafford/mental-health/healthy-young-minds-formerly-camhs/healthy-young-minds-trafford-child-and-adolescent-mental-health-services/ 

Contact a Family – for families with disabled children https://contact.org.uk/

Family Lives support for families on a range of issues www.familylives.org.uk

Barnardos  www.barnardos.org.uk

 

 

Contact the School

St Vincent's Catholic Primary School

Orchard Road
Altrincham
Cheshire
WA15 8EY

Main Contact: Headteacher Mrs Harrop

Tel: 0161 911 8040
admin@stvincents.trafford.sch.uk

Testimonials

We couldn’t be happier with St Vincent’s, our children are really happy there. - Parent Survey
It is a wonderful environment, our children are flourishing - Parent Survey
The school ethos gives the children excellent opportunities to develop their spirituality and knowledge of their faith. - Parent Survey
It is a really friendly school, I have been made to feel very welcome. - Parent Survey
We love St Vincent’s, keep doing what you are doing! - Parent Survey