Mental Health and Wellbeing
Trewirgie Junior School is a Mentally Healthy School that adopts a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing. We recognise the importance of good mental health order for staff, children and their families to flourish.
We understand that good mental health helps children to learn and explore the world, feel, express and manage a range of positive and negative emotions, cope with and manage uncertainty and develop and thrive.
Our Wellbeing Team
|Miss Coverson, Wellbeing Champion & Mental Health Lead.||Mrs Sargent, Designated Safeguarding lead.||
Mrs Blatchford, Online
|Mrs Grace Carter, Deputy Safeguarding Lead and SENDCo.||
Miss Cassandra de Valero,
Wellbeing Champion & Counsellor.
Our curriculum is designed to encourage children to learn through exploration and questioning. This approach requires children to develop resilience. We encourage children to ‘make mistakes’ in their learning. This not lonely helps them to learn better but enables them to develop greater resilience, essential for good mental health.
The school’s PSHE curriculum is one where children are encouraged to question and explore. This open approach encourages children to be ask questions and be reflective. Mental Health is taught explicitly as part of our curriculum.
As a Rights Respecting School children are taught about inequalities and rights and how to have a voice for change. These principles are at the heart of our practice and support children’s personal development and wellbeing.
Learning to Learn
Our school’s six learning to learn skills are also at the heart of children’s learning. One of these, citizenship, explicitly supports children to develop resilience and through this, good mental health.
The Arts are a vibrant part of our school. In addition to the skills that children learn, Dance, Art and Music offer children a vital outlet for their emotions. The Arts are a non-verbal outlet for children to be able to express themselves. It has been scientifically proven that drawing, painting and dance can help people to deal with different kinds of trauma. The Arts help you to express experiences that are too difficult to put into word. These subjects have a very positive impact on children’s metal health,
Trauma Informed School
As a Trauma Informed School, we support children who suffer trauma or have mental health problems and support them to overcome these barriers to them flourishing. We have trained practitioners within the school who drive this. Our school employs two Wellbeing Champions, Miss Coverson and Miss de Valero. In addition to being TIS practitioners, Miss Coverson has a degree in Mental Health and Miss de Valero is a trained counsellor. We use a range of additional interventions and support for our more vulnerable children to support them.
Growing in Grief Awareness
Sadly, there are times when a child suffers a bereavement. As a Growing in Grief Awareness School staff understand how to support a child during this period. Additionally we have two Bereavement Champions who provide support for children. We work closely with Penhaligan's Friends who also offer counselling for a child and their family. We recognise that we can't fix things but we can comfort them through their journey, which helps to build resilience.
|Here are some of the approaches we use to support our children.|
|Laughter Yoga.||Story massage||Counselling|
|If you have any concerns regarding your child’s wellbeing please do not hesitate to contact the school who will arrange an appointment for you to speak to one of the wellbeing team. Either pop into school or email email@example.com and we will get back to you.|