Welcome to our Health Committee page!
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.
Growth Mindsets and Mindfulness
We believe that focusing on developing a 'Growth Mindset' in our children will help them to build resilience, independence and confidence; embrace challenge; foster a love of learning; and increase their level of happiness. We believe it is vital that our children are taught that their abilities are not fixed and that they have the power and capability to improve at anything. Over the last year we have spent a lot of time fostering a ‘Growth Mindset’ in our children, showing them that they can achieve their best by focusing and putting in sustained effort. They are learning that making mistakes is part of the process of learning and that they have the capability to attempt more challenging work. They have learnt and responded positively to different strategies and using different tools around the classroom to help them improve the way they learn and the way they feel about learning. They are also beginning to use the Growth Mindset language themselves.
We also carry out 'Mindfulness' as part of the development of children's Growth Mindsets. In order for children to learn effectively and flourish, their minds need to be calm. Research has shown that Mindfulness reduces levels of stress and anxiety. We use it to help children focus on the 'now' rather than on things that have happened or are to come, to ensure that they are calm and focused on learning.
At St Paul's physical and mental health and well-being is a focus through our PSHE Curriculum. We develop both staff and children's physical fitness through PE, the Daily Mile, Fitter Future, participating in a wide variety of sports matches and competitions, and other events such as staff vs. children's sports activities. Children are encouraged to eat healthily and drink plenty of water at school and our school catering team adapt and develop menus to ensure a variety of healthy choices are on offer. In addition to this our KS1 and KS2 gardening clubs grow food that is then used in the school kitchen. We also have themed days and weeks through the year focusing on health and well being such as Kindness Week, Feeling Good Week, Well-Being Week and Sports Day.
St Paul's Health Committee is made up of children from each class in KS1 and KS2, 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-beiing.
Meet our fabulous Health Committee members for 2019/20!
Over the Autumn Term the health committee helped to redevelop our Growth Mindset language to make it a bit more child friendly. In January all classes were given a poster with the language to refer to on a daily basis. developed our own Growth Mindset language which has now been put up in classes.
This works alongside the other strategies we use to help develop our children's Growth Mindsets, including the 5 B's, Be Like The Bearcub and The Secrets of Success:
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
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.