At Alpington and Bergh Apton Primary School, we are committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of our pupils, their families and our staff to ensure that the school is a community where everyone feels able to thrive. Positive mental wellbeing is essential if children and young people are to flourish and lead fulfilling lives.
Check out the Childline website for all sorts of wellbeing ideas. Click the picture below.
At Alpington we have a whole school approach to supporting the mental health of our whole school community. As the needs of adults or children increase, there are more and more layers of support in place.
We have a clear set of procedures in place to make sure that we identify people in our school community who need help with their wellbeing or mental health and quickly provide the support they need. This includes formal assessment processes, for example the Boxall profile, which we may use with vulnerable children to help identify their needs. We work closely with the South Norfolk and Broadland Early Help Hub to refer and signpost families where adults or children need support with wellbeing or mental health. We have a Parent Support Advisor, Monika Firago, who is on hand to offer advice and support to families. In school, Calm Life Therapy and Talking and Drawing, as well as weekly nurture groups are in place to support children’s mental health and wellbeing.
Talking Mental Health is an animation designed to help begin conversations about mental health.
Just One Norfolk – A range of contacts and resources to help support both children’s and adult’s emotional health
Stress Busters – Save the Children have put together a pack of drama-based relaxation exercises to help children relieve stress
This website has links to really useful information for adults on a whole range of mental health issues.
Wear your scarf to school!
The week beginning Monday 7th February was children’s mental health awareness week. On Friday 11th February 2022 the whole school wore scarfs to school to raise awareness of children’s mental health. We spent the day thinking about our mental health and wellbeing. Some of us spent quiet time decorating squares of fabric to add to a whole school scarf, some of us spent time with Huxley (the bunny) and lots of us gave shout-outs to important people who have been there to support our wellbeing.