WESTACRE MIDDLE SCHOOL IS A RUNNER UP IN THE CWMT WELLBEING CHALLENGE 2019!
Thank you to all the pupils and staff who got involved! Our prize is on its way..
Westacre Middle School is taking part in the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust Wellbeing Challenge 2019!
This is an interactive competition that takes places from Monday 17th June to Friday 28th June. Our aim is to encourage young people to think about their mental health. It is based around the NHS 5 Steps to Wellbeing:
During the next 2 weeks we have a chance to win a whole library of wellbeing books for our school by tweeting photos relating to the 5 Steps to Wellbeing.
Keep an eye on our website and Twitter page to see our entries!
Monday 17th June 2019
Pupils at Westacre Middle School enjoying catching up about their weekends over some lunch! #WellbeingChallenge19 #Connect
Tuesday 18th June 2019
Today, Westacre Middle School held their annual Eisteddfod Festival which celebrates the arts. This year the theme was 'technology' and both staff and pupils were able to learn different facts about technology through this years entries! #WellbeingChallenge19 #KeepLearning
Wednesday 19th June 2019
A total of 42 envelopes were mysteriously delivered to pigeon holes and desks this morning containing a positive mesage about every member of staff. There are lots of smiles here at Westacre on this sunny day! #WellbeingChallenge19 #GiveToOthers
Thursday 20th June 2019
During lunchtime today, some pupils at Westacre had the opportunity to learn how to knit! They've done a super job! #WellbeingChallenge19 #KeepLearning
Friday 21st June 2019
As part of Survival Week, Year 6 pupils had to work together as a team to build a tent! #WellbeingChallenge19 #Connect #BeActive
Monday 24th June 2019
At Westacre, our year 5 classes have been thinking about what makes a good friend and created bunting for their classrooms! #WellbeingChallenge19 #Connect
Tuesday 25th June 2019
As part of Survival Week, Year 6 pupils had the opportunity to tackle a climbing wall using their climbing and abseiling skills! It is higher than it looks! #WellbeingChallenge19 #BeActive
Wednesday 26th June 2019
After running around during lunch time, pupils were able to settle calmly back into their afternoon activities with some Yoga during registration! #WellbeingChallenge19 #BeMindful
Thursday 27th June 2019
This morning some children were invited to indulge in a cup of tea, a slice of toast and some mindfullness colouring for that all important tranquil start to the day! #WellbeingChallenge19 #BeMindful
Bzzy Bee Project Update
We've now had two visits from Worcestershire Wildlife Trust to help us along with our Bzzy Bee Project. The first of these visits was a chance to check in with where we're at with the project, as well as some work on our bee ID skills. Our second visit gave us the opportunity to create some amazing bee hotels.
Come and visit us at Westacre's summer fayre on 4th July!
We have just started working with a new group of children on our Cooking For Wellbeing project. This month's healthy recipe is pizza baked potato. During week 1 we focused on planning, and learnt more about the ingredients as well as how to stay safe in the kitchen.
This week we went to Aldi and Waitrose so that we could buy our ingredients, and also to give us chance to compare prices between supermarkets.
Year 7 Life Savers
On Friday, year 7s got the chance to learn all about the human circulatory system through a range of interactive resources including a tour through the system itself using our Google expeditions software, investigating the effects of different exercises on the heart's beat during PE and having Peter Richards visit us from Droitwich AED to teach every child the basics of CPR. The children were fantastic throughout the day and it is nice to know there are another 110 people in Droitwich that now know CPR.
Looking after our mental health
World mental health day # Hello Yellow
Below are the presentations we used today about looking after our mental health.
Today all our classes took a little time out to focus on our wellbeing and mental health. We shared all the wonderful comments from our families which helped us all to feel very positive about ourselves! We celebrated all the positive things in our lives and discussed strategies for when we may be struggling and not feeling very good. The photos below show some of our day from sharing a hot chocolate, to making friendship cards, friendship gymnastics and making our bunting!
Our mental health is just like our physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it! Mental wellbeing describes how you are feeling and how well you can cope with day to day life. It can change from moment to moment, day to day, month to month or year to year.
If you have good mental wellbeing you are able to:
The Pastoral Team
At Westacre Middle School we recognise that the social and mental well-being of our pupils is an essential part of a successful education and the preparation for later life. We understand that all of our pupils react and adapt differently to factors that affect their learning and development. The pastoral team along with other members of staff are able to offer extra support to our pupils when needed.
What are our aims?
To ensure our pupils feel happy, supported and cared for in order to achieve their best in the classroom.
Below are some examples of the support we offer:
· Small group and individual interventions that help pupils to improve their self-esteem, manage emotions and support social and friendship skills.
· Providing class yoga lessons once a week to promote mindfulness and positivity.
· Provide weekly cooking lessons in order to learn key skills and the importance of healthy eating.
· Meet and greet some pupils who feel anxious about coming to school.
· Tea & Toast in the mornings to help some students acquire that calm and focused attitude before lessons.
· Offer “catch ups” to those pupils who benefit from the opportunity to talk about how they are feeling.
· Work alongside class teachers, parents/carers and outside agencies to ensure pupils feel supported and safe.
· Run a break and lunch time club.
Who are the Pastoral team?
· Mrs Julie Darby (pastoral lead)
· Miss Leah Starkey (qualified yoga teacher)
· Miss Lauren Colledge (L3 specialist support)