At St Joseph’s, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff.
We have a supportive and caring ethos based on trust, mutual care and respect. Our children are nurtured to be confident and have self-belief, knowing that their contribution is valued. Each child is a valued individual and they know their voice will be heard.
At our school, children are encouraged to talk to staff about worries and difficulties. They are taught social and emotional skills and are able to identify feelings, thoughts and emotions. All staff are encouraged and supported to be alert, watchful and curious about children’s behaviour, their body language, their interaction with other pupils, what they say, what they draw and what they do in school.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
At St Joseph’s we recognise that everyone experiences different life challenges that can make us all vulnerable at times, and recognise that anyone may need additional emotional support.
We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s responsibility and that we all have a role to play. We are mindful of the effects of the pandemic in 2020 on the mental health of the children, staff, parents and the wider community of St Joseph’s. The family of St Joseph’s is committed to supporting everyone who has suffered any kind of trauma as a result of this or any other crisis. We will be following a RESTORE perspective where we: recognise how everyone’s experiences have been different; we show empathy and compassion towards each other; we reassure that school is a safe environment.
Working closely together, we support those traumatised as they look to the future in any way we can; we will give each other the opportunity to reflect on what has changed and what needs to be changed; as always we will help the children to form relationships and understand how to live as good Christians; as a school, we will help the children to become self-aware and take responsibility for their behaviours to become effective independent learners.
Mrs F Langford-Jackson