Mental Health and Wellbeing
The health and happiness of all children at St Paul’s is our top priority. A happy child is a child who wants to learn and can cope with the challenges that life may bring. To help our children develop key life skills in mental health we partner with local based business, Purely Wellbeing. Leanne Cowburn, founder of Purely Wellbeing is passionate in offering fun and engaging lessons for all our pupils to develop their ability to understand and maintain their mental health.
Our EYFS and KS1 pupils participate in fortnightly Dots Mindfulness sessions around three key themes: awareness, connection, and emotion. Regularly practising mindfulness has been found to help participants recognise emotions, self-regulate, develop empathy and a sense of kindness to oneself and others. During each session, pupils are introduced to practical and fun mindful activities which are then practised with class teachers. Why not ask your child what the dots have been doing this week and let them teach you some mindful skills!
KS2 classes participate in mental health and meditation sessions with Leanne once a fortnight focusing on emotional intelligence, mind management and relaxation. Each class also has daily allocated time for mental health breaks with our Wellbeing Leaders. During this time pupils practise meditations, mindful movement, personal journaling, and whole class activities.
Leanne regularly meets with and trains our wonderful Wellbeing Leaders whose job it is to make sure everyone in the St Paul’s community is taking care of their own and each other’s wellbeing. This is a great opportunity for our pupils to receive extra skills and experience in areas such as speaking in front of a range of audiences, leading their peers, using their imagination, collaborating with others, organising events, and implementing creative ideas.