At Emmanuel, we recognise the importance of positive mental health and wellbeing for our pupils for successful learning, achievement and play. This has never been more the case than now. We also believe it is important for pupils to have a voice, be able to contribute ideas and influence how to improve the wellbeing of their peers across the school.
To help foster peer to peer level support, we have a group of Wellbeing Champions from Years 5 and 6. These Wellbeing Champions work closely with Mrs Watkins, our school ELSA and Mental Health Lead, to help drive forward positive change and support for the whole school community by:
- Being a positive role model and promote a healthy lifestyle, especially the importance of exercise and a balanced diet.
- Encouraging children to look at whether they can sort out a problem themselves, or if they need to talk to an adult or go to the Bubble if they need help.
- Promoting our Anti-Bullying policy across the school – to be the eyes and ears for the school and find further help to children who may be experiencing bullying behaviours.
- Supporting children to have fun and healthy play in the playground – helping with games and activities to encourage inclusion and positive interaction.
The Champions play an essential role in being the voice for their year groups; sharing information across the other classes; help deliver Wellbeing Collective Worships; host themed collective worships; and helping to organise events such as Anti-bullying’s Odd Socks Day and Children’s Mental Health Week.