Children's Mental Health Week 2023
'Let's Connect' was the theme this year and we enjoyed finding out more about how we can look after our mental health and appreciate the support of our friends and families in doing so. Here are some pictures of our 'Be Bright, Be Happy' day.
Understanding & Supporting Anxiety - A Workshop for Parents -
Open Minds Calderdale led a parent workshop for parents of children in Classes 5 & 6 as part of their Transition Support Programme. If you were unable to attend this meeting, you may find these materials of use in supporting both yourself and your child when anxious.
You're Never Too Young To Talk Mental Health
It's good to talk. There are a wealth of invaluable resources available to help you support your child with looking after their mental health. Try these for starters from the Anna Freud Centre.
Some useful websites
For more information about emotional health and wellbeing in schools in Calderdale and beyond, please use the following links:
Open Minds is a service for children and young people in Calderdale. They run a range of interventions to support the emotional health and wellbeing of our children. Currently they are running a Transition Support Project, supporting children in years 5 and 6 to manage the emotional impact of transition to high school. In addition, they have counselling services, healthy minds support, links with Barnado's Positive Identities and resilience building strategies.
You can contact them direct using this link or speak to Mrs Lawton or Miss Proctor for more information.
Wellbeing Award for Schools
On 16th March 2020, we were successful in achieving the Wellbeing Award for Schools.
The external assessor commented:
'The school's core values encompass the importance of emotional wellbeing across the whole school to support its stakeholders.'
'The school's approach to facilitating discussion about mental health is highly effective.'
'The school is a very welcoming, nurturing and happy learning environment. There is a genuine warmth and supportive atmosphere which pervades all areas of school. Relationships between staff and the pupils are very strong.'
'The pastoral support provided by the school is highly effective and provides bespoke support for vulnerable pupils. Parents spoke very highly about this aspect of the school's provision.'
'The pupils to whom the assessor talked are very proud of their school.'
We are so proud of this achievement and are confident that we are well equipped to meet the emotional needs of all our children following the recent lock down.
Our Wellbeing Club meets every week under Miss Ashton & Miss Wilczynski's guidance. They participate in a range of activities to support their wellbeing including mindfulness colouring, origami, movement and board games.
Anxious About Exams?
There is never any need to be anxious about exams or tests. As we say in school, if you work your hardest and do your best, you can be proud of yourself.
If you want some exam help or support, please follow this link.
We have worked hard to make our playtimes really active over the last few months. We know that being active is good for you but we also wanted to increase play provision, encourage problem solving and provide opportunities for children to make new friends. We're having a great time!
Choose to Cope
At Bailiffe Bridge School we run a programme called 'Choose to Cope' to support the emotional well-being of our children. This series of lessons enables children to develop personal resilience in order to rationalise their worries and concentrate on their learning. Recently, we were asked by the national publication 'Teach Primary' to review our 'Choose to Cope' work. We are very proud of this work.
Does your child struggle with anxiety?
Are you at a loss to know what to do to best support them?
If you think your child would benefit from being part of Choose to Cope or any of our EHWB interventions, please complete the self-referral form below and forward it to email@example.com or give us a ring on 01484-713039. We'll be happy to talk to you.