“The children of today are the adults of tomorrow. They deserve to inherit a safer, fairer and healthier world. There is no task more important than safeguarding their environment”
World Health Organisation - 2003
Whilst this was stated by the WHO over 16 years ago, it is perhaps more important now than ever before. Here at Simon Balle All through school we aim to “create tomorrow's citizens today” and thus our holistic approach, firmly embedded upon a clarity of vision and values helps us to keep focused upon this aim.
Research is clear: a school’s environment can enhance the physical, social and emotional wellbeing and learning for all of its community- students, staff and parents. The hallmarks of such a school :
- Is warm, friendly and rewards learning
- Promotes co-operation rather than aggressive competition
- Facilitates supportive, open communication
- Views the provision of creative opportunities as important
- Prevents physical punishments, bullying, harassment and violence by encouraging the development of policies and procedures that promote non violent or aggressive interactions
- Promotes the rights of students through equal opportunities and equity of provision, encouraging student voice and democratic procedures
Physical and emotional wellbeing are key to leading a happy successful life. We educate all of our students on the importance of taking individual responsibility for we believe that active engagement in emotional wellbeing (prevention) is better than intervention.
Research has shown that emotional wellbeing is a clear indicator of academic achievement, success and satisfaction in later life (“Wise up to wellbeing in schools- Young Minds, 2017)
A mentally healthy school is one that adopts a whole-school approach to mental health and wellbeing. It is a school that helps children flourish, learn and succeed by providing opportunities for them, and the adults around them, to develop the strengths and coping skills that underpin resilience. At Simon Balle, we see positive emotional health and wellbeing as fundamental to our values, mission and culture. Ours is a school where children, staff and parent/carer mental health and wellbeing is seen as ‘everybody’s business’ and each individual is given help to be able to identify their own safety nets.
Our ethos here at Simon Balle, truly enhances our outcomes for all young people. It is well documented internationally that an environment that truly endeavours to promote and address wellbeing is one in which:
- Good relationships are modelled by all
- Children feel safe to express their feelings, thoughts and emotions
- Children feel very much part of the community and are accepted for who they are
- They respond, talk about and engage with both controversial and confidential matters
- They can agree to respectfully listen to others, even when they do not necessarily agree
- Children are well rounded and self regulatory
All of our teachers have received training in the “10 keys to Happier Living” programme. This ensures that all students understand the importance of serving others, building grit and resilience and taking personal responsibility. For the vast majority of people, daily managing and developing techniques and strategies which help to foster good emotional and physical health, is more important than concentrating on intervention.
Ensuring that all children feel safe and know how to look after and respect themselves is of paramount importance. They need to understand and identify their own safety nets and support when things invariably are challenging. Our dedicated safeguarding team receive regular professional development and work closely with external agencies to support young people who are in particular need. In addition, six staff have been trained as “mental First Aiders”. Peer to peer support has proven to be particularly powerful. Our sixth form “Re-Mind Ambassadors” support younger students through Head of Year direction.
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The OLLIE Foundation
As part of our continued work around student wellbeing and mental health, we have linked up with the OLLIE Foundation (One Life Lost Is Enough).
You will see from the link below, that they provide a directory of organisations and support. The organisation offers support, advice and training for suicide prevention.
Empowering young people with the motivation to be healthy for life, together with the resilience, creativity and determination to succeed.
Within PE at Simon Balle School each student will discover and reach their sporting and academic potential through high quality Teaching and Learning be it as a national performer or through recreational activities. They will be inspired, motivated and challenged through the delivery of a personalised curriculum thus becoming leaders, independent learners and creative thinkers. With an enthusiastic & passionate staff the Simon Balle PE student will be given a variety of opportunities to excel in many sports. Students will be able to apply their skills in different roles, such as performer, leader and official through Physical and Sports Education. The Simon Balle PE student will not give up even in adversity, thus displaying the resilience and determination to succeed. They will understand how to live a healthy balanced lifestyle and relish recreational opportunities, therefore becoming life-long participants.
Larch PE Aims
- Creating the ethos, setting the standards and expectations as well as inspiring the students, parents and staff - this is done through our website where parents are educated on recommended levels of physical activity, diet and basic strategies.
- Developing physically active and literate students through core skills, outdoor activities and a wide range of physical learning opportunities.
Key focus – Learning to move and moving to learn
Students from reception to year 2 focus on securing proficiency in the basic multi-skills of rolling, catching, travelling and striking as well gaining an introduction to Dance, Gymnastics and Swimming.
As students progress into Year 2, the focus shifts to mastering the game-play of netball, hockey, rounders and football alongside athletics, swimming and cross country running.
From Year 3 onward, students have the opportunity to represent the school in numerous competitive fixtures and tournaments against other local schools.
Additionally students as an all through school participate in House sports events on a termly basis where all students experience the element of whole House participation as well as experiencing the competitive element of sport.
Our curriculum aims to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all children at Simon Balle All through, not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes. Within our lessons, children are taught about self-discipline and that to be successful you need to take ownership and responsibility of your own health and fitness. Our impact is therefore to motivate children to utilise these underpinning skills in an independent and effective way in order to live happy and healthy lives.
Currently being reviewed