Welcome to our Well-Being Champions page!
Meet our fabulous Well-Being Champions for 2020/2021
Here at St Paul's we are proud to be a healthy school. Our children's and staff's health and well-being is at the heart of our school life.
St Paul's Well-Being Champions are children from year 2 to year 6, who help to reinforce and develop aspects of health and well-being. We meet half termly and the children are involved in obtaining the views and ideas of our children and also feeding back to them work we are doing in relation to health and well-being.
This year the Well-Being Champions will help to develop the '5 Ways to Well-Being' in our school, healthy eating (including a healthy eating challenge week) and gardening among other things.
Before this year our Well-Being Champions were known as the Health Committee. Have a look below at what the Health Committee achieved in 2019-2020 and beyond:
Over the Autumn Term 2019 the health committee helped to develop Growth Mindsets and child-friendly tools and language that we can use in school. All classes now have posters in their classes that they refer to on a daily basis - The growth mindset 'steps', The 5 B's, Be Like The Bear Cub, The Secrets of Success and "I can't do it YET!":and this term the Well-Being Champions discussed whether they are being used well or whether classes need reminders to refer to these. We also began to discuss ways that the 5 Ways to Well-Being could be introduced in school ready to begin using at some point in the Spring Term.
May 2020 - Lockdown!
Although we are not at school at school at the moment the Health Committee will be thinking about the ‘5 Ways to Well-Being’ soon and how we can achieve those 5 ways at our school and at home.
While you are off school have a think about how YOU can achieve the ‘5 ways to Well-Being’ each day! There will be more opportunities than you think!
Here’s a lovely Mindfulness activity you could do to help you take notice:
- When you go out for your daily walk spend 5-minutes talking about what you see, hear, smell and feel.
- Imagine you are on a safari, looking for animals that crawl, fly or walk, listening for sounds, and feeling the weather.
- You have to be quiet and alert.
- Turn on your “super-senses”.
- Pay attention to what’s around you: What can you see? What can you smell? What can you hear? How do you feel?
- Your will notice a whole new world, just by paying attention!
Feeling Good Week 2020
We have also recently enjoyed another "Feeling Good Week" spending time with friends on our scooters, writing notes about who made us feel good, playing board games together and culminating in our "Samba Day". The staff also enjoyed shared lunches and chatting to their "well-being buddy".
This term we are going to be looking at school meals and packed lunches to see how healthily we are eating at school and if we can make any improvements. Some year 4 children have suggested a Healthy Eating Challenge Week which we will develop with the Health Committee.
Have a look below at the Health Committee and Healthy Schools work carried out over the last year or so:
Health Committee 2018/19
Well Being Week 2019
This was a fantastic week of well-being, including Sports Day and sports activities, mindfulness, healthy eating, time spent outside with friends and reflecting on our Growth Mindsets.
Gardening Club June 2019
We are very lucky to have Mr Paine, a granddad to two children in the school, who has taken over KS2 gardening club. They have planted a variety of herbs and plants over the last few weeks which are growing well. KS1 gardening club have just harvested their garlic which has now gone to the school kitchen to be used in the school lunches. The rhubarb is almost ready and the potatoes and broad beans are growing well!
Feeling Good Week February 11th - 15th 2019
Another lovely week focusing on what make us feel good. After asking the children what they would like to do in Feeling Good Week we: spent time on our scooters and playing board games with our friends; writing notes to put in the 'Feeling Good' bucket about who made them feel good; carrying out Mindfulness activities; thought more about Growth Mindsets and watched a video about a penguin who didn't give up so we can remember to "be like the penguin". To tie in with multi-cultural day we played playground games and team games from around the world. The staff showed how they felt good too by putting up post it notes in the staff room to share what went well in their week or funny moments they shared with the children. We all went home for half term feeling great!
It's Cool to be Kind Week 2019
On November 13th it was World Kindness Day and so we had an "It's cool to be Kind" week. The children filled our whole school "Bucketful of Kindness", writing notes about people who were being kind and writing thank you notes and compliments to each other. Each child attempted to carry out 10 random acts of kindness during the week and for homework all the children had to show kindness to someone eg. at home, in their family, to a neighbour. The staff also joined in too, leaving notes and treats for other members of staff in their pigeon holes and having a shared lunch together. It was a very happy week in school indeed and it was lovely to think about others and make them happy!
In October a local nutritionist came in to give a talk about healthy eating, focusing on healthy packed lunches, healthy snacks and fussy eaters among other things. Parents came out inspired with fresh and exciting ideas for feeding their children in a healthy but fun way, as did the PSHE Leader!
In September we collected some of the food grown in our new planters that we built in Feeling Good Week. Despite the very hot weather over the summer we managed to grow some squashes, potatoes and small onions. They were passed onto the school kitchen and used in the children's lunches. The year 2 class were also lucky enough to have some squash soup that the cook made for them using the vegetables. It was delicious! KS2 gardening club also grew some potatoes and herbs which again were used by the school kitchen. We now have a KS1 gardening club who have just planted daffodil bulbs, garlic and lettuces.
Health Committee 2017/18
I hope you were able to see the display in the hall showing how much sugar is in different drinks. The children found this fascinating!
Last year we introduced Fitter Future workouts which we use alongside the daily mile as a way of getting more exercise into our day at school in short bursts. The children have been enjoying it in school and we hope you've had a go at home.
We also have "Wheelie Wednesdays" where the children are encouraged to come to school by scooter or bike. We have also had days where the children can bring them to school and use them in the playgrounds. We will organise another day like this very soon.
Feeling Good Week 19th - 23rd February
Feeling Good week was a real success! Each class enjoyed some circle time sessions, problem solving activities, PE sports tournaments, a board games afternoon and the children brought in their scooters to scoot with their friends. Throughout the week the children also filled the 'bucketful of kindness' to describe who had been kind to them.
We also applied for funding from the county to be able to build some vegetable planters to grow vegetables that can be cooked in our school kitchen. Some parents and children spent a few mornings building the planters and filling them with soil. We are now growing onions, new potatoes and squashes that our cook will use in school dinners next academic year! Each class is also growing a sunflower to see whose can grow the tallest! We'll keep you posted! A variety of children are in charge of watering the planters and gardening club are also keeping a watchful eye on them.