At our first meeting we discussed what ” Wellbeing” meant to the children. Lots of super ideas were put forward by the children. Here they are :
eating well-good foods
taking care of people with disabilities
having right emotions
having a growth mindset
playing with other people
helping people achieve their dreams
We linked these with UNCRC articles 14, 15, 23,24,16,27,38,39 and 28.
We voted for a Chairperson- Finlay Lound
Vice Chairperson-Ethan Dell
Secretaries- Calum Cameron, Ella-Rose Turner
At our next meeting, Friday 1 October we will decide which area will be our main focus next term.
At out meeting today we voted on which of the areas we thought were part of Wellbeing in our first meeting that we would like to focus on.
Healthy eating came out the most voted for by the group, followed by being active.
We thought about what we could look at for healthy eating and will split in to groups to work on different activities. These activities are:
- Looking at play piece wrappers and amount of sugar, salt etc in snacks.
- Have an “Eat Well Week” and everyone has a healthy snack for this week. Ask Mrs Laird about getting fruit for school.
- Design posters to promote healthy eating.
- Produce a set of slides .
- Prepare an assembly.
These activities will start next term.
After consultation with Mrs Laird, who has been working on the Wellbeing indicators with each class, certain indicators require more input for the whole school. This would benefit the whole school community and be our main focus. We will use some of these activities to enhance knowledge and understanding of these Wellbeing indicators.
Today we discussed different ways we could celebrate achievement in the school. There were lots of ideas about certificates for helping people and tidying up the playground.
We decided on a certificate for the class showing our school values such as friendship, respect most in the playground. The prefects/P7s would take responsibility for this on a chart outside and would have each class on the poster and put a tally mark up if they saw someone doing something positive/ kind in the playground. Class with most tally marks gets a certificate at the end of the week.
A kindness award- each class votes once a week to award this to someone in their class
A responsible award- once a week someone gets this award
We decided to design posters and then perhaps make presentations about the awards in groups.
Playground- Ella, Lachlan, Marlee, Ross, Ryan, Ruari (1 poster)
Kindness- Orla, Ollie, Indie, Ivy-Rose, Robbie, Ruaridh, Abel, Lachie (7 posters)
Responsible- Ethan, James, Finlay, Calum, Joni, Leo ( 7 posters)
Today we started working on our posters and slide shows in the above groups for the Playground, Kindness and Responsible awards. We also decided to do a general presentation to tell the whole school about the new awards. Some people worked in smaller groups within the bigger groups and hopefully we can get these completed at our next meeting or by the end of term.
Today we had a shorter meeting and were missing several of our committee due to illness. Mrs Laird asked us to think about what achievement meant to us. This is in readiness for the first 2 weeks back for our Health and Wellbeing focus. We also learned that achievement leaves will be re introduced for things we achieve out of school to be written on and then added to our achievement tree in the school hall. This can be viewed by school pupils and staff, so our achievements are recognised and celebrated by the whole school community.
Achievement we felt meant: to complete a task / game, e.g. score a goal at football,
set a goal/target to try to do, ie tidy the playground and for our kindness award , you set the goal of trying to do 5 kind things and if you achieve this you get an award- certificate
can be something both in and out of school
something you were not able to do/ not do very well and can do it now
you manage to do something you couldn`t do before
This was tricky to explain and had to be really thought about. Older pupils worked very well to support younger pupils when discussing this.
Today we had a shorter meeting as assembly finished later.
We watched parts of the film, “Paddington” on a Powerpoint presentation about mental health. We discussed how Paddington felt at different parts of the film, e.g. how he felt when his uncle disappeared after the earthquake. Words suggested were, ” sad, miserable, shocked, upset” among others. The Powerpoint mentioned that our mental health is just as important as our physical health and is something we all have. It can change at different times and be on a scale/continuum. A simple scale using pictures and colours showed this scale.
Next time we will finish looking at the Powerpoint and make an emotion wheel to show 6 main emotions we feel and can use this during Emotional Check ins in class.
We were asked to think about one thing to improve in school for wellbeing next session by Mrs Laird.
Three ideas were put forward by the group:
- Emotional check ins having more movement.
- School dinners- more choice and better quality food.
- Music while you work in class. We voted and the second option was the most voted for and this was passed on to Mrs Laird.
In a previous meeting we had looked at the importance of mental health, how it can change and briefly discussed ways the character of Paddington Bear felt at different points in the film. We made Emotional check in wheels with the 6 main emotions of happy, sad, calm, embarrassed, angry and amazed/wow. We drew an emojii face to show each feeling, e,g, 🙂 for happy. Some of the older pupils were encouraged to write these emotions in French/ Gaelic for GM pupils.