Primary Wellbeing Contacts
Primary Wellbeing Coordinator – Mrs Dawn Taylor
Your child’s level of wellbeing is of the highest priority to us. When children have high levels of wellbeing they feel at ease, show vitality and self-confidence, they are happy, cheerful and smile, they are spontaneous and expressive – in short, they are at their best. A child with high levels of wellbeing is also likely to have high levels of involvement meaning they can participate in continuous and intense activity, concentrate, be creative, energetic and persistent in their approach. It is essential for students to have high levels of wellbeing and involvement to be effective learners and to access everything on offer to them in a school day.
Many things can unsettle children and cause their wellbeing level to ‘wobble’ from time to time; a family bereavement, difficulty being separated from parents while at school, a house move, an issue with another child/children at school, the death of a family pet – even something as normal as losing a tooth or getting a new pair of glasses can make some children feel uneasy. It is really important that we are aware of any issues that may impact on your child while they are in school. We have a dedicated Primary Wellbeing Coordinator who should be the first point of contact for parents who have any concerns regarding their child’s wellbeing. Mrs Taylor will communicate any concerns to the class teacher as appropriate and can monitor and support the child as well as giving feedback to parents. She can be contacted on her email DawnTaylor@st-georgescofe-thanet.kent.sch.uk and will also be on the playground at the start and end of every day.
There are of course also many occasions where children have high levels of wellbeing due to a particular event or success they have experienced – we are equally as interested in knowing about these things. For instance, gaining the next swimming badge, being given an award at an out of school club, a new baby in the family or a family event such as a wedding – all of these things can be shared as part of the school community to boost wellbeing levels.
In addition to Mrs Taylor’s role we also have an approach underpinning our curriculum called ‘CHIRP’. ‘CHIRP’ stands for Confident, Happy, Independent, Resilient & Proud. All staff will consider ‘CHIRP’ when planning and preparing for all aspects of school life as we have a resolute whole school commitment to developing these attributes in every child. They are essential life-long attitudes needed for effective learning no matter what age or stage.