Health & Well-being
Pontarddulais Primary School sees the promotion of health and well being as central to the life of the school. Health is a precious resource for everyday living, not just a goal in itself. Everyone deserves an equal chance to learn, work, live and develop free from discrimination, prejudice and fear.
Pontarddulais Primary develops its health education in consultation with partners and stakeholders from the public and voluntary sectors and local communities. This work is monitored, evaluated and reviewed regularly.
Relevant local and national initiatives and plans are taken into account to ensure a collective working partnership.
The areas of Health that we focus on as a school are as follows:-
Citizenship, Physical Activitiy, Hygiene, Mental & Emotional Health and well-being, Healthy Eating, Safety, PSE, Personal Development and Relationships, Environment, Substance mis-use.
Health & Well-being 2020-2021
Our Healthy Schools initiative continues to be a focus and priority within the whole school. Our
bi-annual National Quality Award re-assessment was due in 2020 but 'Healthy Schools Swansea' decided in light of the pandemic circumstances and the challenges facing schools with classes mixing, to postpone until 2021.
We decided as a school to prioritise 'Mental and Emotional well-being’, Hygiene, Fitness and Environment during the Autumn term. We conducted School council elections, with one person elected to represent a class bubble. We also decided to amalgamate different roles and responsibilities that usually exist within the different pupil groups in the school into an 'Ethical team'.
We had class elections and each class now has two representatives to monitor energy usage, hygiene, recycling of paper and plastic and they are focusing on encouraging a healthy lunchbox for 'brechdanau'.
We have updated our 'Eco Action plan' and upon seeing the amount of waste generated by lunchtime changes, we have ensured that plastic bottles are being recycled and the canteen staff are now providing re-usable containers that can be washed; instead of polystyrene, which had to be thrown away.
Citizenship has been a focus and as ever, parents, community and the school have supported initiatives to highlight ‘Anti-bullying’ week and Children in Need. We raised over £300 in cashless donations to SQUID for Children in Need and the same amount for COMIC RELIEF upon our return to school after ‘lockdown’.
Anti-bullying week was a highlight, the whole school launched the week with an ‘Odd socks’ day and the theme of ‘United against bullying’ was focused upon, with a ‘Friendship Friday’ rounding off the week nicely. The children all made pledges as to what they would do to be a good friend to all.
In the final weeks of the Autumn term, the Ethical team and School council were busy helping to secure donations to create a ‘Winter Wonderland’ in our school yards. They engaged with our community, wrote to local businesses to ask for donations to help the school focus on being festive! We were extremely fortunate to secure support from Tesco, Gower trees and our fabulous Community council!
The Daily mile was a focus during the Autumn term and to ensure the children get as much fresh air and exercise as possible, break times were extended.
Autumn term was a very good beginning to what has been a very different start to the academic year and now that we are back to our ‘New normal’, the Summer term holds lots of exciting opportunities for our Pupils too.
Healthy Schools - background
Our Healthy Schools programme has now been running for over 15 years. We achieved the National Quality Award in 2012 and were successful with our re-assessment in 2014, 2016 & 2018. We are a flagship ‘Healthy School’ and continue to embed all actions. Our main focus is to keep the well-being of our children at the heart of everything we do. All of our PSE/Healthy Schools groups, from Eco to School council, Playground friends to JRSO’s and SNAG and Ambassadors, ensure pupil voice is heard and impacts on actions within the school. During the pandemic, we have evaluated and amended Pupil voice groups in line with our risk assessment.
What is self-care?
Just as we look after our physical health, it’s important to look after our mental health.
Self-care is all about what
you can do to help yourself feel better or to keep yourself feeling good. It’s a way that we can look after our own mental health and wellbeing. It can help your body and mind to relax, drift away, or be more energised.
Harry The Hound's school has been closed due to the coronavirus.
He is missing his friends and the thought of returning to school once the pandemic is over is filling him with anxiety that he does not know how to deal with.
Part picture book and part workbook, Harry the Hound Returns to School is aimed at 6-11 year olds.
Please see PDF Doc below.
Harry the Hound
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