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Wellbeing Diary Dates

Children's Mental Health Day - Thursday 6th February - Carousel of mindfulness activities across the school

School Council meeting (with Wellbeing Warriors) to evaluate the Child-Friendly Anti-Bullying Policy - Friday 17th January

Parent Anti-Bullying Policy meeting - Tuesday 10th December 2:30pm

School Council and Wellbeing Warriors meeting to review the Behaviour Policy - Weds 4th December

Anxiety information evening -  Tuesday 3rd Dec 6-7pm

Parent Anti-Bullying Policy meeting - 25th Nov

Competition winners announced- 13th Nov

Anti-Bullying competition deadline- 8th Nov

Odd Socks Day Tuesday 12th Nov 2019

Anti-Bullying Week 11th- 15th Nov 2019

 World Mental Health Day 10th Oct 2019


Useful contacts- 



NSPCC helpline-


Health advice for children including feelings and anxiety-


Advice for parents: 

Nottinghamshire confidential parentline-

https://www.nottinghamshirehealthcare.nhs. uk/parentline

Parents' helpline from Young Minds-


Anti-bullying advice:



Cyberbullying advice- 

CEOP Thinkuknow-


Keeping children safe online-



Wellbeing and Mental Health Blog 2019 - 2020

Children's Mental Health Day - Thursday 6th February

The day started off with outdoor Wake and Shake on the KS2 playground... exercise, fresh air, feelgood music and … even blue skies - definitely all good for our wellbeing. 

Next, we had an assembly from Mrs Williams on the theme of Find Your Brave. 

We heard stories from Mrs Williams, Mrs Milner and Mrs McGee of when they experienced feelings of anxiety and how they found their brave. We watched the story of The Wolf's Colourful Coat. We returned to class singing The Greatest Showman's This is Me and then we wrote in our prayer journals, reflecting on how we would find our brave. 

Each class taught a lesson on worries and anxiety and taught some strategies to help children to manage these feelings. 

The day finished with every child taking part in a choice of mindfulness activities. There was yoga, guided meditation, mindfulness colouring, visualisation, pilates and tai chi, board games, mindful art, compliments and confidence, sensory emotional music, worry monsters and Go Noodle on offer. The school was completely transformed into an oasis of calm and relaxation. There was a real buzz as the children returned to their own classes eager to share news of what they'd been up to. Now we just need a relaxing day for staff...


Children's Mental Health Day


Thursday 6th February
We are offering a carousel of mindfulness activities on Thursday afternoon, across the school. The children will be able to choose an activity from yoga, tai chi, mindfulness colouring, emotional music and breathing techniques amongst others. They will all also have a lesson on worries and anxiety and learn some tips and strategies to find their brave in their Personal, Social and Health Education lessons.  



What a great theme! And at The Good Shepherd Catholic Primary Academy, we will be helping children to find their brave on Thursday 6th February as part of Children's Mental Health Day. We will be focusing on worries and anxiety in all classes. As part of the Anxiety Information Evening by CAHMs last month, we heard that anxiety is a normal response to new challenges and we would like to share with the children some of the ways CAHMs suggested that we can recognise and learn to manage these worries and anxieties. A great opportunity to help children improve their mental health and wellbeing even from a very young age! 



Pupil Questionnaire Results 2019 - 2020

Pupil Questionnaires were conducted across the school during Anti -Bullying Week, in November. Here are some of the highlights...


Click on the link below to read the report in detail, find out our subsequent action points and about our commitment to improving the mental health and wellbeing of all pupils. 

Pupil Questionnaire Results 2019 - 2020


January Kindness Calendar

Let's get 2020 off to a great start. Why not try some of these great ideas?  

January 2020 - Happy New Year!


Wellbeing Warriors Pupil Voice - 4th December

The Wellbeing Warriors met with the School Council, Mrs Williams, Miss Murphy and Mrs McGee to review our Behaviour Policy. From the youngest to the oldest pupils, they unanimously agreed that we need a behavior policy and said that they wouldn't like to attend a school where adults all had different rules and children did whatever they wanted. They went on to confidently make some great suggestions for ways in which they thought that we can tweak the policy to improve it further. Such articulate, perceptive children in our Wellbeing Warriors and School Council. Well done children! 


Anxiety in Children Parent Information Evening - 3rd December 2019 

Tonight, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) delivered a parent information evening on Anxiety in Children. It was very informative and gave us some strategies, to put into place, to help children who may be experiencing anxiety. Thank you to all who attended- we hope you found it useful. Here are just 3 of the strategies that CAMHS mentioned- 

Remember that we also have the Retreat Room on a Friday lunchtime which offers some mindfulness activities, yoga, games, reading, chatting, self-affirmation activities and some activities focusing on worries. Your child can ask their teacher if they would like to attend. Take a look at some of the links opposite which offer advice on anxiety in children too or talk to your child's teacher if you feel that your child may be experiencing anxiety. 


Advent 2019

This December, why not spread a little more kindness and complete some of these with your child? 


 December 2019


2nd Anti-Bullying Policy Parent Meeting

The second meeting has now been planed for Tuesday 10th December at 2:30pm. It is really beneficial to hear your views as we finialise our new Anti-Bullying Policy. Please email if you wish to join Mrs Williams and Mrs McGee to complete the review. All are welcome. 


Anti- Bullying Policy Parent Meeting - 25th November 

Thank you to the parents who joined us to discuss and evaluate the new Anti-Bullying Policy. By working together, we can ensure that we give a consistent message, both from school and from home, to prevent and tackle bullying in any form. We will soon be holding the second meeting to finalise the policy. Date to be announced- all are welcome!


Anti-Bullying Week 2019

Well that's a wrap- the end of a great Anti-Bullying Week 2019! Let's go out and put it all into practice for the rest of the year!

Anti-Bullying Week lessons

The children have been learning all about Anti-Bullying in their PSHE lessons this week and have had a range of thought-provoking lessons.  


Year 2 made their own odd socks to show how unique they all are and made Change Starts With Us bunting with pledges of the changes that they will make. 


Pupil Questionnaire - Wednesday 13th November

Today, as part of Anti-Bullying Week, we launched the new Pupil Questionnaire. The children were very keen to complete the questionnaire and share their views about their lessons, health and wellbeing, the range of activities in school, their enjoyment of lesson, their progress and anti-bullying amongst other important issues. We look forward to completing the survey and viewing the results. Well done for your enthusiasm children and your dedication to Pupil Voice because as we've been learning, change starts with us!



Anti- Bullying Week messages

We have been reminding the children about the importance of always standing up for others and how we can do this. Are you a bullying upstander?

Anti-Bullying competition winners announced

Wellbeing Warriors Joseph and Nayema judged the anti-bullying poster and poem competition, very diligently, discussing each entry before choosing 5 winners. Well done to all of the children who took part. Your poem will  be soon on the new anti-bullying display outside the office. 


Odd Socks Day- 12th November 2019

A great day for Odd Socks 2019. We definitely rocked our socks and let our oddness shine brightly at The Good Shepherd! Well done to all... and always be proud of who you are!



 Look at these top anti-bullying tips for children-

 Anti-bullying competition announcement time - 

What? Anti-bullying competition. F2 and KS1- an anti-bullying poster competition; KS2- an anti-bullying poetry competition. General anti-bullying or based on the theme Change Starts With Us. On A4 paper. 

When? Deadline 8th November. Winners will be announced in Anti-Bullying Week. 

Winning entries should have a powerful anti-bullying message and be eye-catching and illustrated as the winners' work will be on display. Make sure your name and class are on the back. 


Staying Safe Online

With Anti-Bullying Week not too far away, let's look again at internet safety. Last November, we had a visit from the NSPCC and the O2 who work in partnership to keep children safe online. They delivered a parent workshop which had the greatest attendance in the region. This is good news as they only visit schools every 2-3 years. Their website, Netaware gives up-to-date advice on all social networking, apps and games so check it out for the latest advice about the apps that your child may be using. 

Do you talk to your children enough about how you keep them safe online? Watch this short video clip below...



 We're holding Odd Socks Day 2019 

We will be, once again, taking part in Odd Socks Day which this year, is on Tuesday 12th November. Grab some odd socks and let your oddness shine! A time to encourage all children to be themselves and to embrace their oddness and what makes them unique. #madeinhisimageandlikeness #alldifferentallequal #changestartswithus


Anti-bullying Week 2019

We are busy preparing for Anti-Bullying Week which will take place, this year, on the 11th-15th November. The theme this year, Change Starts With Us, allows us to think about our own responsibility to anti-bullying. Watch this video from the Anti-Bullying Alliance to find out what children have to say about stopping bullying, making changes and how it all starts with us, the individual... 



Watch Andy and the Odd Socks' video, Change, made especially for Anti-Bullying Week 2019. 


November 2019


Feelings check-in launched in every class- 

We took the opportunity of World Mental Health Day, to launch our feelings check-in charts in every class. Each pupil now has the chance to move an anonymous peg each day to let us know how they're doing. They may be feeling fabulous but they may request a check-in - a chat with their teacher, if they are not feeling great. #ItsOkNotToBeOk #BritainGetTalking


Compliments all-round on World Mental Health Day


World Mental Health Day- 10th October 2019

For the first time, we took part in World Mental Health Day to shine a light on the importance of wellbeing and mental health within school. Each class, focused on mental health in their weekly Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) lesson.


Hello Yellow- to mark World Mental Health Day, we joined the national campaign to add a splash of yellow to our uniforms, in support for the Young Minds charity. The school looked very cheerful indeed and it certainly achieved it's aim to get the children talking about their feelings. 



 October 2019

The Retreat Room indoor, wellbeing lunchtime club

Started last academic year, The Retreat Room continues to offer an indoor space for a mix of children from F2 to Year 6 on a Friday lunch time. Aiming to provide a retreat from the playground, it proves a very popular option and improves the wellbeing of children who may prefer a smaller space or time to chat or a more relaxing atmosphere. 


Introducing the Wellbeing Warriors 

September saw the appointment of  6 Year 6 pupils as our new Wellbeing Warriors - mental health champions who will be the pupil voice of wellbeing and anti-bullying in school. Well done to Joseph, Nayema, Eva, Kiki, Harrison and Amy. They have been working hard to support The Retreat Room, our indoor, wellbeing lunch club, and have been thinking of ways to support wellbeing initiatives in school. Well done too to all the children who applied to be Wellbeing Warriors- it was a  tricky job to select them. The high number of applications bears testament to what a fabulous bunch of caring children we have at The GSA! 

September 2019