At D’Eyncourt, we value the health and wellbeing of all our pupils, staff and parents and carers. We are very excited to announce that D’Eyncourt has been awarded the Well-being Award for Schools, administered by Award Place, in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau. This award demonstrates how wellbeing and mental health in our pupils, staff and parents is at the forefront of our school’s vision of leading a mentally healthy school.
We are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff. 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.
Our whole school ethos, ‘Aiming to be our BEST’ encompasses our Well-being message to all of our stakeholders. It is at the heart of everything we do. We aim to create a happy, safe environment where we value kind and caring individuals who can achieve to the best of their ability. Our morals are shared with everyone so that we create a whole school community with mutual respect for one another. Each individual is challenged through the curriculum to achieve their true potential and all stakeholders, whether pupils, staff or parents/carers take a part of D’Eyncourt with them for the rest of their lives
The FIVE Ways to Well-being
Research shows there are five simple things you can do as part of your daily life – at school, work and at home – to build resilience, boost your wellbeing and lower your risk of developing mental health problems. These simple actions are known internationally as the Five Ways to Wellbeing!
This is about strengthening relationships with others and feeling close to and valued by others. This is critical to boosting wellbeing.
You need to connect with the people around you: with family, friends, colleagues and neighbours.
Being physically active, through the day, improves physical health and can improve mood and wellbeing and decrease stress, depression and anxiety.
Go for a walk or run. Step outside in your garden! Play a game!
This is about paying more attention to the present moment; to thoughts and feelings and to the world around us. This also boosts our wellbeing.
Why don’t you remark on the unusual? Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment!
This is about being curious and seeking out new experiences at school, work and in life. Generally, positively stimulates the brain.
Why don’t you try something new? Rediscover an old interest. Take on a new responsibility!
Carrying out acts of kindness, whether small or large, can increase happiness, life satisfaction and general sense of wellbeing.
Do something nice for a friend. Thank someone. Volunteer your time.
We offer different levels of support:
Universal Support – To meet the needs of all our pupils through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. For instance, developing resilience for all.
Additional support – For those who may have short-term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement.
Targeted support – For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as wellbeing groups or 1.1 sessions.
We all have times when we have low Mental Wellbeing, where we feel stressed, upset or find it difficult to cope. Everyone deserves to feel good and there are steps you or your child can take to maintain and improve your Mental Wellbeing:
- Build positive relationships.
- Take time for yourself.
- Look after your mental health.
- Look after your physical health.
What can your child can do in school to gain Mental Wellbeing?
- Be open and talk about your feelings with your friends.
- Associate yourself with positive people.
- Speak to a member of staff.
- Tell the Safeguarding and Well-being Team.
- Get physically active (a Health body and mind are closely linked).
Over the next few months, we will be working together: children, staff and parents to ensure all of our children are happy, healthy and resilient.