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Wellbeing at WHA

At Western House Academy we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.  

 At our school we:

  • help children to understand their emotions and feelings better
  • help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
  • help children socially to form and maintain relationships
  • promote core values that children can use throughout their lives

 

We offer different levels of support:

Universal Support- To meet the needs of all our pupils  through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. 

Additional support- For those who may have short term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement.  

Targeted support-  For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as wellbeing groups or personal mentors.

Lead staff members: Mrs Mangat (Teacher and Year Leader), Mrs Reid (Welfare Officer) & Mrs Sawyer (Cover HLTA)

 

Children’s Mental Health Week 2021– theme 'Nature'

Western House Academy is proud to  support Children’s Mental Health Week 2021.  We will be encouraging children, young people and adults to celebrate their uniqueness and connect with nature.


 

1st October, 2021

Have seen our amazing giant elephant sculpture at the front of the school? 

 

Mrs Snowden has asked me to share with our parents the background to this sculpture.

 

In Year 5, we strongly believe in WHA’s motto, “Every Opportunity Shapes a Life”. Making this wire elephant sculpture gave our pupils the opportunity to blossom in a creative and hands-on activity through Design & Technology. The wire artist, Mr Darcy Turner, supported this view point and he encouraged the children he worked with to, not only design their sculpture, but to also create each separate body part, as well as being actively involved in the final construction. Mr Turner transferred his knowledge, enabled students to make design decisions and encouraged them to apply their newly found skills. Our students came to life under his tutelage which is what we strive for at WHA. The activity brought peace and calm to our students amidst the flurry of activity. The sculpture is not only a reflection of the children’s courage, resilience, teamwork and perseverance but also everything WHA holds dear. We are very proud of what our children have achieved during our very first Wellbeing Day. Next month, Year 5 are holding a competition to name our elephant. 

My hope for the future is to provide opportunities for more children across the school to work with artists like Mr Turner. Living up to our vision; a school where ‘every opportunity shapes a life’

 

Mrs Stuart-William

Year 5 teacher & DT Lead

 

Useful links

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

A public health England and NHS site to help people take simple steps to look after their mental health, improve their mental wellbeing and support others.

 

https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/

 

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week

 

PLEASE TAKE TIME TO LOOK AT OUR WELLBEING NEWSLETTER. IT SHARES WHAT WESTERN HOUSE HAVE BEEN DOING TO SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING AND HAS SOME USEFUL ACTIVITIES.

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