Friday October 5th

Mental health and well-being are really ‘hot topics’ at the moment and something I really feel Llantilio does well. In school we know our pupils really well, we recognise the times they are struggling and we try our best to ensure they all have someone to talk to or share a worry with if necessary. Some of the comments from the pupil and parent questionnaires completed last summer support this view too.

100% pupils agree that they know who to talk to if they are worried or upset. 95% agree the school deals well with bullying.

98% parents agree that their child likes the schools, 94% agree their child was helped to settle in and 95% agree that the school helps their child become more mature and take on responsibility.

I will be sending out full details of the parents’ questionnaire next week and the results will be discussed in our first parents forum to be held on October 26th at 9 am in the hall.

We are currently advertising for someone to fill Mrs Francis’ position too so that we can continue to offer ELSA support for some of our children who are in need of a little more structured support. We also have referred some of our families to ‘Building Better Families’ if we feel that other agencies would be best able to support specific needs.

We are trying this year to increase the impact of pupil voice in school improvement and development. It is one of the key priorities in our development plan. Mrs Pugh is our well-being lead and has been amazing at ensuring that the school council, Eco committee, bronze ambassadors are involved in decision making and ensuring staff are aware of any concerns that their peers may bring to them. Also Mrs Hall and Mrs Sutherland encourage our Criw Cymreig to take regular weekly assemblies and decide on our siaradwr yr wythnos (welsh speaker of the week).

Mr Oram has developed our pupils input into whole school assemblies through the worship committee too.

We operate an ‘open door’ policy where everyone is welcome to call in and discuss any issues as they arise. We do our very best to see a parent or child as soon as we can – sometimes this isn’t possible due to teachers being due in class or previously arranged meetings etc. but we will always ring you or see you as soon as we can.

This Wednesday is Mental Health Awareness day and we are having a hello yellow day to raise awareness amongst our children and help them realise there is always someone who will listen if they are worried or concerned. We are asking all children to wear something yellow and will be involved in some circle time and discussion activities throughout the day.

We are also re launching our Daily Mile this week. It has been difficult in some occasions to fit this in to our packed timetables. From tomorrow we are going to trial a whole school approach and all do the daily mike together, just after lunch. We will let you know how we get on!! #healthyconfidentindividuals

Mrs Joanne Bayton

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