Mrs Maciver is our Mental Health and Well-Being Lead and trained Mental Health First Aider.
Mental health and well-being is interwoven into daily life experience in school and the staff use strategies from the ROAR response to Mental Health, the THRIVE model and JIGSAW (our PSHE curriculum scheme) to support pupils in ensuring that they are equipped mentally and physically for life in the modern world.
Mental Health Champions
34 children and 4 staff have undertaken training through 'One Goal' to qualify as Mental Health Champions. (Please look at their page in the 'Children' tab for more information).
The school is a part of the Mental Health Support Team project in Sefton and our Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP) is Andrew Smith. He is in school weekly and pupils can be referred to Mrs Maciver for support through this route if it felt appropriate.
Mrs Maciver and the EMHPs run a half termly wellbeing workshop for parents.
Our first session looked at the five ways to wellbeing.
The following staff are qualified Emotional Literacy Support Assistants:
There is a referral system in place and Mrs Maciver and Mrs Jones meet fortnightly to review referrals and assign support accordingly.
The school buys in bespoke support from Well Young Person project for one day a week and our support worker is Liz Vincent. Staff can refer pupils, with parent consent, to this service and pupils then access one to one or small group intervention to support their identified emotional needs. This could be around a range of themes: bereavement, anxiety, self-esteem, general health & well being etc.
Family Well Being Centre - FWBC
With parental consent, staff can refer cases through to Mrs Maciver who will liaise with Anni Quinn -The FWBC manager should they think that a child would benefit from Relax Kids or Theraplay.
Children across the school are welcome to attend Listening Lunch daily where they will find a listening ear and friendly faces who offer advice and support or just a calm, mindful space in which they can relax,colour and listen to calming music.
Each class is timetabled for 15 minutes of focused well-being activity per day. Activities include: completing fit in 15, meditation, relaxation, breathing exercises and mindful colouring. Children are encouraged to use their ROAR rainbows at regular intervals throughout the day to scale how they are feeling emotionally and enable staff to provide timely intervention at the point of need.
In addition, children learn how breathing can help with calming by completing the 'Calm Me' section of their weekly PSHE lesson in which they explore breathing accompanied by a chime bar supported by their Jigsaw Friends & Jigsaw Jerrie, the Cat who helps us pause when we need to.
Here at Waterloo Primary School we know that we are all like invisible buckets carrying our good thoughts, actions and feelings. When our buckets are filled, we feel happy and when our buckets are dipped we feel sad.Each class has a bucket and children receive tokens to fill their buckets when they do and say things that reflect our code of conduct i.e. listening, trying, valuing, respecting, forgiving, encouraging & caring. They also know that when they don’t make good choices those good feelings and the tokens they have earned are lost.
At Waterloo Primary School, we aim to be bucket fillers not bucket dippers. At the end of each week, we pour each of our class buckets in together, at Praise Assembly, to see what we have earned through all of our positive words and deeds.Each half term the whole school is set bucket fill targets and if we achieve them then we are all rewarded.
We also encourage and recognise everyone’s efforts to be bucket fillers at home and everywhere else they go.
Be a bucket filler - It makes you and those around you feel good!