Mental Health and Wellbeing
Wellbeing and being well
Redhill has been on a long journey over the last few years as we have woven wellbeing and the teaching of mental health into our school culture and ethos.
We are committed to improving the wellbeing of our whole community and actively seek to improve access to resources for parents and children. Staff have worked with psychologists and the local authority to make changes through the Cannock Chase Emotional Wellbeing Package. The resources created through this package were subsequently shared with local schools.
Mental Health Award
Nicki Hamilton - Relax Kids
My time with Redhill Primary School has involved working with the year 1, 3 and 5, helping them to learn more about their brains, emotions and learning. Our Relax Kids classes have been so much fun, but with a serious learning objective.
We’ve learnt that it’s hard to learn when we are worried about something, or angry, or even too excited, so I’ve helped them find out about some new techniques, adapted especially for their age groups. Our children have learnt new techniques in how to feel calm, relaxed and focussed and also worked on building up their self-esteem, concentration, confidence and resilience. It is so important to learn these skills to support them now and in later life too.
The classes have followed an award winning 7 step programme of games, stretching, peer and self-massage, breathing exercises, discussion and deep relaxation, all based on the principles of yoga, meditation and mindfulness.
They’ve also been set the task of spreading the Relax Kids message, so if you’ve not heard all about their classes, make sure you ask them about their ‘meerkats’ or even for a demonstration of a massage! REMEMBER TO ASK FOR CONSENT!
I’ve been really impressed at the learning and involvement of the children at Redhill Primary and I adore the time that I spend with them.
Sue Perks - Storyteller
Firstly, I write to thank you and all the staff at Redhill for making me so welcome during the sessions that we have carried out across the school.
As I find it totally remarkable, I would also like to add that as Storyteller in Residence, visiting many schools over many years how impressive your school ethos and pupil knowledge and awareness of their personal wellbeing and the wellbeing of their class mates is.
From my first session in Reception Class where one of the pupils advised me, “Sue, if you sit still or lie down quietly after play time with your hand on your heart you can feel it slowing down as you calm down.” Through to the older students, who advised me that they enjoyed practicing meditation techniques and found them helpful when stressed.
Your pupils heightened awareness and appreciation of our planet, the sincere desire to protect it and the creatures and people we share it with and the warm connection formed across all the year groups by sharing these values and awareness of themselves and others with the ability to recognize emotions, is remarkable and in my experience seldom seen.
Although the students are far too young and naive as yet to fully appreciate the benefits, I am sure this knowledge will easily be as much value to enhance their futures as any curriculum subject.