Mental Health and Wellbeing
Mental health is crucial for children to be able to thrive socially and to achieve their full academic potential. Our school mission statement is ‘Live life to the Full’ (adapted from John 12) and we believe that without mental wellbeing, children, staff, parents and our Pinhoe community would struggle to live life in all its fullness.
We promote a clear, tangible, holistic approach to wellbeing that everyone can access. We will all experience setbacks at certain points in our lives but a ‘wellbeing toolkit’ helps us to develop resilience and cope with ups and downs.
Central to our approach to mental health are the 10 Ways to Wellbeing.
The 10 Ways to Wellbeing (above) are simple, everyday ways that we can maintain our mental health. By modelling these strategies to our children and encouraging them to notice when they use the strategies themselves, we embed practical ways to look after our wellbeing.
Our approach to mental wellbeing encompasses many more whole school initiatives, including:
· A parents’ lending library of books covering social and emotional topics
· Courses like Timid to Tiger and Resilient Kids, for those who would like to explore ways to deal with anxiety
· Couch to 5K, our parents’ running club (as it is widely recognised that physical activity promotes positive mental health)
· Learning Coaches, a group of trained Year 6 children who work with Year 3 coachees to help raise their awareness of our Ways to Wellbeing and their link with learning behaviours. Mental Health Ambassadors (Year 5 and 6) who raise awareness of our Ways to Wellbeing across the school
· Outdoor learning facilities through our Pinhoe Rangers group and our Forest School
· The Spiritual Garden, a peaceful place for reflection and contemplation
Timid to Tiger
'From Timid to Tiger' is a popular, evidence-based 10-week course for parents, whose children are struggling with anxiety. Although it covers the serious and difficult subject of anxiety, the course is delivered in a light-hearted and supportive way. The course consists of 10 two hour sessions and is delivered by a CBT qualified member of staff, who has completed 'From Timid to Tiger' training with Dr Ben Laskey. Here's what parents have said about the course:
"Such a worthwhile course. So pleased I took the time to attend!"
"A wonderful and fabulous idea for any parent wanting some support and general kindness in helping their anxious child. Basic skills that are often overlooked."
"Small changes have made a big difference. Well worth it."
Contact Mrs Hitt or Mrs Deane (through the school office) if you would like to find out more.