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Child & Family Well-being Lead

My name is Ali Keen and I am the Child and Family Wellbeing Lead.  I am employed by the school to help families and children with any issues that may arise that make it difficult for children to attend school or prevents them from enjoying their time at school and making the most of their education.

 

I am available for support if there are any issues that are impacting either children or families.  I can help with practical issues such as applying for free school meals or offering ideas to help with parenting. I also run regular coffee mornings and workshops.

PLEASE NOTE: There will no longer be a 'Wednesday Walkers' parent/carer group, please contact me if you require further information.

 

I run lunch-time drop-ins for KS2 children and am available should any child want support with any non-curricular difficulties.  I also work with individual children or groups of children within the school to support them with social, emotional or behavioural issues.

 

Please check below for a list of forthcoming workshops, links to some useful information for parents/carers, and a variety of support organisations within the borough. 

 

At the bottom of the page you can also find links to information about how to help children manage any worries about recent incidents in the news.

 

Please feel free to contact me with any queries, problems or ideas.  If I am not able to help you, I will endeavour to give you information about someone who can.

Contact me

Please see below for any upcoming workshops. Attending workshops is a really good way of meeting other parents and getting to know more about the support available. All these events for parents/carers will be held in the after-school club room which can be found in the Key Stage 1 playground, unless otherwise stated.  All parents and carers are welcome.

If you have ideas for future workshops, please contact me through the contact form above.

Healthy mind, healthy body

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have come to the end of our healthy mind, healthy body focus. It’s been a busy 8 weeks and I want to thank all, the staff, children and families that got involved with many of the activities. Below you will find the letter from each of the focus weeks. These letters have ideas of how to support your family in each area. There are also links for other resources further down this page.

 

These are the areas we have looked at over the past seven weeks:

Healthy Mind

  • Emotions week – We noticed, named, and expressed our feelings.

  • Mental health awareness week- We talked about how to share our worries, find support and manage stressful emotions.

  • Positive relationships- We looked at how to create more positive relationships using empathy and communicating assertively.

  • Steps to Happiness- We shared ideas on the things that can make us feel happier, like gratitude.

    Healthy Body

  • 'Get on up'- We focussed on increasing and measuring our activity.

  • Healthy eating week –During British Nutrition Foundation’s Healthy Eating Week, we looked at what we eat and drink and how week can be healthier.

  • 'Cool down' -We focussed on the importance of relaxation, stretching and sleep.

     

    Things the children may have done in school:

  • Kept a feelings diary

  • Thought about who they can talk to if they were worried

  • Practiced their empathy and being kind

  • Kept a gratitude diary

  • Kept a diary of the amount of time that they have spent exercising

  • Designed a healthy packed lunch poster

  • Got stickers for healthy eating, and if they brought in a healthy packed lunch.

  • Done ‘cool down’ session at the end of the day

  • Thought about the amount of sleep they get

  • And so much more............

     

    We were proud to see St Joseph’s children:

     

  • Trying foods they didn’t usually eat

  • Naming their emotions

  • Trying to do more exercise

  • Creating fabulous posters

  • Getting lots of stickers on their healthy eating charts

  • Being kind

     

    So why have we been focussing on having a healthy mind and a healthy body?

     

    The healthy mind activities can:

  • Reduced stress

  • Reduce frustration

  • Help you express how you are feeling more effectively

  • Help you problem solve

  • Reduce conflict

  • Increase cooperation

  • Help you get support

  • Help you manage stressful emotions

  • Encourage a positive outlook

  • Improve resilience-so that when things are difficult you can cope better

  • Make you more fun and nicer to be around

     

    The healthy body activities can:

  • Reduce stress

  • Boost happy chemicals that improve your mood

  • Improve self-confidence.

  • Alleviate anxiety

  • Boost brainpower

  • Increase relaxation and promote better sleep

  • Combat health conditions and diseases

  • Boost energy levels

  • Encourage you to be more social

  • Make you more alert,

  • Improve your memory

  • Help keep your body at a healthy weight

  • Help you have stronger bones and teeth

  • Help you concentrate better

  • Improve your skin, hair and overall health

     

    These are things we would like all the children to develop now, and continue in the future. We will continue to encourage children to be involved in activities that improve their physical and mental health. If you would like more information on any of these areas then please contact me using the form above.

     

    Thank you all for getting involved and supporting your children.

Please see below for resources from our healthy mind, healthy body focus.

British Nutrition Foundation's Healthy Eating Guide

Please click on the links below to find out more information regarding each subject/organisation.
  • Extra financial support available for eligible parents/carers of KS1 or KS2 children:
  • Parents, Teachers and Friends Association-Organises events and raises funds for the school; all parents/carers are members:
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