The wellbeing of both students and staff has always been extremely important to us in Good Shepherd NS. Every year we hold a ‘Wellbeing Week’ during the second term of school. Good Shepherd NS Wellbeing Week is an important part of our annual calendar. Students, parents and staff are encouraged to join in the many activities that are organised, such as outdoor walks, coffee mornings, try a variety of sports and exercise classes. This year we will hold a ‘Wellbeing Week’ in both Term 1 and 2 as unfortunately 2019/20 was shortened. We are redoubling our efforts to ensure the wellbeing of all.

Various Wellbeing Initiatives are being used across classes in our school. 6th Class are engaged in the Friends for Life programme. 5th Class are following the Weaving Wellbeing course. Younger classes are engaged with Incredible Years. Thursdays in Term 1 are ‘Happy Joe’ days when Happy Joe returns to our school, working with classes in the hall to spread his own unique brand of positivity.

In November we will introduce have a ‘Positive Quote for the Month’ which will focus on kindness and gratitude, and promote our Good Shepherd Ethos.

Other activities used this year include the class ‘Gratitude Tree’ where students can place notes about things they are grateful for and things that bring them joy. Children engage in dedicated ‘Mindful Moment’ time, where students and staff take some time out of the busy day to listen to quiet music and be mindful. We also engage in mindfulness colouring. We take some time to meditate and practice yoga in the hall.

In September we were delighted to unveil our new ‘Sensory Garden’ located in our courtyard. A huge thank you to all those in the Churchtown community who made this wonderful addition to our school possible. Children from every class now have the opportunity to have a sensory movement break in a quiet, safe, self contained outdoor area. It is a fantastic new facility which greatly enhances the wellbeing of all our students- especially those with additional needs.

Our younger classes also have supervised access to the Sensory Room when they need some quiet time, or when they are finding the classroom environment overwhelming.

Read the Department of Education Wellbeing Framework Policy here.