Welcome to our Wellbeing Page
Wellbeing underpins our ethos here at Chiddingstone School and enables an inclusive approach to all pupils. We actively encourage our children to identify and talk about their feelings and children know where they can go for support.
Wellbeing forms a part of our Inclusion at Chiddingstone School and is overseen by Mrs Durrant our Inclusion Leader who works closely with Mrs McCarthy.
Our designated Wellbeing Mentor, Mrs McCarthy works closely with the Senior Leadership Team and class teachers to identify children who may require additional support with reasons ranging from anxiety and low self-esteem through to parental loss and separation. Mrs McCarthy has studied at Place2Be, the leading charity supporting children's mental health in education. Mentoring sessions provide opportunities for children to explore their feelings through conversation, activities and play. Impact is evidenced by the child's ability to engage positively in all areas of school life.
Wellbeing Act of Worship
These take place each term and are delivered by Mrs Durrant and Mrs McCarthy. Recent topics include Difference and Diversity, Kindness, Worries and Understanding Autism. Each Act of Worship is followed by classroom learning to embed the children's understanding.
Nurture Clubs are provided in a number of ways throughout our school week. Whether held at lunchtimes or after school, the sessions focus on building confidence and resilience through a range of activities.
Transition to Secondary
Transition to Secondary school groups take place in the final term for all Year 6 children to support them with moving on. Sessions are interactive and children are invited to discuss topics ranging from Internet safety, Getting Organised, Drugs awareness and we explore "What If Scenarios." These sessions are designed to engage and inform children through a positive approach about moving on to their secondary schools. Some examples of activities include a trip to the Sutton Life Centre and a visit from Kooth Wellbeing.
Mindfulness within the classroom
Put simply, mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present: aware of what we are doing, as opposed to worrying about what might happen in the future or ruminating about what has already happened.
To continue to support our children’s mental health, social and emotional wellbeing and also to enable them to build positive and robust approaches to their learning, we work closely with a trained wellbeing mentor. We plan to extend our engagement with mindfulness approaches across the school in the coming year.
We were delighted to have be joined by so many parents at our first wellbeing event during which we were able to share with you how we support your children in school through the ‘Graduated Approach’. We were joined by Kent PACT, the Early Help Support Team for the Sevenoaks area and also Imago, the social prescribing service for the area. Our Mindfulness coach also delivered an engaging presentation regarding the work with our year 4 class.
We shall be hosting some smaller scale sessions next term, with the focus on sharing both resources and ideas to help parents support their children at home. Please watch this space for more dates.
Resources to help you and your child