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Wellbeing

Wellbeing information about our school.

We believe that paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you.

This can improve your mental wellbeing. This awareness is known as “mindfulness”. Mindfulness can help us to enjoy life more and understand ourselves better. It is proven to improve a child’s ability to focus and can be a great help in times of stress when used as a way to calm down.   We believe wellbeing is all about our holistic health including physical and emotional.

At St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, we are committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff to ensure that the school is a community where everyone feels able to thrive. Positive mental wellbeing is essential if children and young people are to flourish and lead fulfilling lives.  At our school, 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.

Over 50% of mental illnesses start before the age of 14 and 1 in 10 children and young people has a mental health disorder (Public Mental Health, 2014). Recent survey results found that 12.5% (one in eight) of 5 to 19-year olds, surveyed in England in 2017, had a mental disorder (NHS, 2017).

Mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.

World Health Organization, 2014

Two key elements to support good mental health are:

  • Feeling Good: Experiencing positive emotions like happiness, contentment and enjoyment. Including feelings like curiosity, engagement and safety.
  • Functioning Well: How a person is able to function in the world, this includes positive relationships and social connections, as well as feeling in control of your life and having a sense of purpose.

At St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, we take our responsibility to nurture and educate your children very seriously, and it is important to us that all pupils feel secure and happy, and that they have the ability to recognise, name and appropriately manage the many different emotions they will experience as they grow up. We are, after all, preparing future citizens of the world!

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Updated | 23rd January, 2024 |

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