Mental Health Awareness Week
To celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week, today the children and staff of Redfield Edge have once again donned their yellow outfits and lit up the school! The national theme this year is ‘loneliness’. We thought about how loneliness feels, and why people might feel lonely. The children demonstrated our school values of mindfulness and compassion by taking part in an activity to reach out to someone in our community who may face loneliness. Each class chose a different audience and produced some lovely letters, posters and artwork that will now be shared to hopefully spread a smile and maybe even lead to some new class pen-pals.
Pictures coming soon!
Redfield Edge has achieved TWO new awards!
We are delighted to share that our ongoing whole school focus on Mental Health and Well-being has been officially recognised and we have been awarded both the Health in Schools Bronze AND Silver awards! This is in addition to the Health in Schools Mental Health award which we achieved last year. To achieve the latest awards, we were focusing on how we could further develop our provision to support positive mental health, as well as considering factors that influence mental health, such as physical activity and nutrition. A huge congratulations to all of the staff and pupils for all of their hard-work to achieve the award, and thank-you to our parents and governors for continuing to engage so positively with our work around mental health and well-being.
Children’s Mental Health Week
To celebrate Children’s Mental Health week, today children in Years 1-6 took part in a range of activities designed to boost their well-being and give them exciting opportunities to try something new. All of the children had the opportunity to attempt the climbing wall and play laser tag. The children could then sign up for four additional activities of their choosing. A special thanks to our volunteers who gave up their time to run three of the workshops. A fantastic time was had by all!
Dance with Danni’s Dance Academy
Drama with Mrs Gifford
Singing with Mrs May
Sewing with Mrs Jones, Mrs Walker and Mrs Leighton
Orienteering with Mrs Stone and Mrs Gabler
Forest Schools with Mr McCarthy and Mrs Foster
Running with Mrs Williams and Mrs Parker
Gardening with Mrs Sheppard
Art with Miss Andrews and Mrs Andrews
Boot Camp with Mr Monks and Mr Cadden
Mental Health Workshop and Sensory Room Session with Mrs Griffiths
Reading and Bookmark Making with Mrs Noad
The climbing wall and laser tag
Holly class spent the day taking part in a range of activities to help them feel happy and calm. The ‘spa sessions’ were a real hit, including footbaths, hand massages, relaxing music and ‘facials’!
At the start of the day, we held a whole school assembly which allowed the children to watch Circus Skills in action. Juan from ‘Primary Workshops for schools’ demonstrated to the children the skills they were going to have a go at in their session. All seven classes then enjoyed a workshop with Juan learning some basic circus skills including spinning plates, the diablo, juggling and balancing on a giant ball!
All classes in KS1 and KS2 enjoyed a ‘Junk Drumming’ workshop led by Paul from ‘Drum Runners’. It was very loud but very enjoyable!
New Scooter Track
We also officially opened the scooter track today. Each class had time to ride their scooters on the playground and track, enjoying the fresh air and having fun!
The Staff in Yellow
As ever, the staff were all fully on-board with the Hello Yellow dress code! We even had an addition of a couple of bananas this year!
Today we also had Katy Gasser (Primary Mental Health Specialist) visiting our school to see one of our Mental Health celebration days in action. Katy was kind enough to share her thoughts following her visit:
“I feel really fortunate to have visited on mental health day (“Hello yellow!”) to see the wonderfully inclusive activities. There was such a buzz of joy everywhere with a mix of specialist and new activities and the whole school working together to produce a new mental health display. Finding out about how mental health is truly at the heart of Redfield Edge every day was really inspiring & there is so much for me to take away and share with other schools including the staff team’s shared responsibilities & enthusiasm, the mindfulness club, the intervention provision, the wellbeing ambassadors, the integration of mental health into the broader curriculum & the displays in school. Another big takeaway is the pupil voice especially that the ambassadors are so empowered and passionate and have, for example, presented to governors & shared videos during lockdown. Wow! Thanks you!”