At Rockmount, we promote positive mental health and emotional wellbeing. Prioritising the wellbeing of children and staff ensures that outstanding teaching and learning can take place and that the school is a community where everyone feels able to achieve. We have demonstrated a huge commitment in embedding healthy lifestyle choices within our school curriculum resulting in Rockmount being recognised with the Wellbeing Award for Schools. This has also supported us in achieving the London Healthy Schools Gold Award and attaining Food Flagship status.
A key aspect of our role in school is to ensure that children can manage times of change and stress and that they are supported to reach their potential or access help when they need it. We also have a role to ensure that children learn about what they can do to maintain positive mental health, what can affect their mental health, how they can help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues and where they can go if they need help and support.
At Rockmount we have a designated Mental Health Support Team:
Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead: Donna Rankine
SENCOs: Amber Pearless and Hayley Gorman
Learning Mentor: Annette Schembri
Class Wellbeing Ambassadors
Teaching Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health
Positive wellbeing is promoted through the curriculum and all school activities. Through a carefully planned approach to PSHE, our pupils are helped to acquire the knowledge and to develop the skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become resilient, informed and responsible citizens. Whole-school approaches such as assemblies and circle times are used to further develop pupils’ understanding of positive mental health. Pupils also learn how to use a range of strategies to maintain their own emotional wellbeing. Whole school events are held throughout the year including Mental Health Awareness Week, World Mental Health Day and Anti-bullying Week.
We have a whole-school approach to promoting positive mental health and well-being. Our vision is for all pupils to achieve through:
Please find more information in our Wellbeing Policy below.
During these unsettling and unprecedented times, we know how important it is for children to effectively communicate any questions, concerns or anxieties with adults who are closest to them. Below is a range of resources which you can use to support these conversations and help your child understand and manage their feelings and emotions during these times.
A Book Explaining the Coronavirus:
Released April 2020: a free information book explaining the Coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator, Axel Scheffler. Click on the image below
The book answers key questions in simple language, appropriate for 5 to 9 year olds:
Young Minds - Supporting Parents Helpfinder
Answer six questions to find out how you can support your child's mental health during the pandemic.
A Kids' Guide to Coronavirus with Dr Ranj
Dr Ranj answers a bunch of questions on Coronavirus posed by some very inquisitive young Heart listeners.
Click the link to listen:
Winnie and Wilbur Stay at Home
A story book to help children understand the need to stay at home.
There are also activities that you might like to complete.
Click the link to listen to the book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xmPDXBztI8
Everybody Worries - Written and illustrated by Jon Burgerman.
In this bright and friendly picture book, children learn that it's okay to worry about coronavirus. Fun rhyming couplets keep the tone gentle and supportive, and you will find plenty of ideas for dealing with coronavirus in a positive way.
Everybody Worries offers your child the reassuring message that this crisis will pass, we are there for them, and we will get through this together.
Click the link to listen to the book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ST3WHJt4fZw
While We Can't Hug
A story to look at the fun ways to social distance for younger children aged 3-7.
Hedgehog and Tortoise were the best of friends. They wanted to give each other a great, big hug. But they weren't allowed to touch: "Don't worry," said Owl. "There are lots of ways to show someone you love them"
Click the link to watch While We Can't Hug: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PnnFrPaRgY
Wellbeing Journal Pack
This Weekly Wellbeing Journal can be used to support children during a school closure and when practising social distancing.
The journal enables children's thought and worries to be expressed, while recognising positive thoughts and feelings. This allows the child to think freely and let go of thoughts while getting reassurance and support where necessary.
Click the link to view the Wellbeing Journal Pack: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/weekly-wellbeing-journal-pack-1-5-7-t-tp-2549456
How to say good bye when a funeral isn't possible - lots of ideas to help children with grief during this time.
Helping Children with Bereavement
Advice and support for helping children cope with loss and griefhttps://childmind.org/guide/helping-children-cope-grief/#.YAX8u2TyDJs.mailto