Pupil Health and Well-being at Garth
At Garth we are a Rights Respecting School where the rights of a child are central to the ethos of everything we aspire to achieve. We are a Rights Respecting School Award Gold Standard School and we actively support the work of UNICEF to promote awareness of the importance of the Convention of the Rights of the Child. Our rights mascot is Rico the Rights Respecting Racoon, who was designed by our pupils to help our pupils to learn about their rights throughout the school day.
We are very proactive in the way we promote a healthy diet and active lifestyle to our pupils in school and we have been accredited with Healthy Schools Award by Public Health Wales in recognition of the many years we have worked as a school to achieve this. We have a range of Sports and Active Clubs on offer to inspire pupils with a love of physical activity from a young age.
We deliver the PATHS Plus programme to develop pupils' personal, social and emotional skills. This is a programme that offers pupils the opportunity to develop their social skills and understand how to regulate their emotions and better inform their day to day decision-making. Pupils access daily emotional check-ins, participate in daily compliments sessions and enjoy PATHs lessons each week. Pupils take a lead to promote the use of strategies advocated and our PATHS PALs support pupils voluntarily on the playground with games and turn-taking. Our Golden Rule is 'Treat others as you wish to be treated.' We are a PATHS Plus Model School.
We are fortunate to have three Emotional Literacy Support Assistants who are employed to support pupils with their Well-being needs in small group settings in both Foundation Phase and Key Stage 2. Pupil get to engage in fun activities such as cooking, gardening, crafts and games to role-model positive relationships and important social skills, pupil progress is carefully tracked in these groups.
Staff at Garth strive to be restorative in the strategies they use to support pupils with behaviour. We have an effective approach to encourage pupils to take responsibility for their own choices using 'Good to be Green.' This is a visual tool in every class used consistently throughout the school and communicated to parents each week via text. Each year a group of pupils are trained as Peer Mediators each year and these pupils support their peers to resolve conflict in a restorative way.
We are a inclusive school where every child matters and we know that pupil well-being is essential for learning. We want our pupils to achieve the core purposes of learning: to be
healthy and confident
ethical and informed
ambitious and capable
creative and enterprising.
We know that self-esteem is a key prerequisite for learning. We aim to provide a curriculum that meets every child's well-being needs so that each child can thrive and become the best that they can be.
Our Well-Being Leader is Mrs O'Mahony who is also the Additional Learning Needs Co-ordinator.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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