Healthy Schools London Newsletter: Issue 13: Summer Term 2017
Congratulations to all of the London schools who have achieved a Bronze, Silver or Gold Healthy Schools London Award over this past year. Schools and their Borough Leads have worked tremendously hard to create environments where pupils are happy, healthy and ready to learn. Currently 1933 London schools (82%) have registered to take part in Healthy Schools London. Of these, 1080 have achieved a Bronze Award, 465 a Silver Award and 119 a Gold Award. If you want to get involved, go to: www.healthyschools.london.gov.uk/register
Healthy Schools London Celebration Event at City Hall
Over 100 London schools attended this year’s annual celebration event in the Chamber at City Hall on Thursday 29 June to collect their Silver and Gold Awards. Over 250 delegates from schools, London Boroughs, Education, Health and the third sector came together to celebrate the achievements of London schools in making their pupils healthier, happier and ready to learn. Chaired by Deputy Mayor for Education and Childcare, Joanne McCartney, speakers included Chris Jarvis and Pui Fan Lee from BBC Children’s TV’s and Diverse Voices Performing Arts Company. Sarah Kendrick from Place2Be gave insights into the support provided by Place2Be for pupils, families and staff around their mental health and wellbeing. Youth Health Champions from Kelmscott School presented their work as health advocates and spoke about how they were supporting mental health across their school. 4 London schools also shared their stories about how they are supporting the mental health of their pupils.
Diverse Voices performed an excerpt from their Stay Safe drama production that explored healthy relationships and social media risks and invited the audience to consider consequences and solutions. Their performance of Stay Safe provided an alternative way of stimulating interest and debate in the central themes of healthy relationships, online safety and ideals of beauty whilst raising awareness of the laws, risks and consequences surrounding these subjects. It is suitable for Years 6 – Years 8. The characters in the play reflect situations young people are likely to be faced with at some point, whilst empowering them to make the right choices. This production has already toured many London schools.
Diverse Voices is a performing arts in education company, transforming the quality of young people’s lives since 2010. Their purpose is to empower young people to be responsible for creating a positive social change, as well as inspiring those who are passionate about the arts to pursue their passion. They do this by providing high quality performing arts and sports programmes, giving young people a platform to have their voices heard. They work extensively with London schools, pupil referral units, youth offending teams, community groups, local authorities and regional organisations. For more information, go to: www.diversevoices.co.uk
Chris Jarvis and Pui Fan Lee
Chris and Pui, presenters from BBC TV’s CBeebies spoke to the audience about self-esteem and what it felt like to be different as a child growing up. They engaged children and adults alike with their interactive presentation and subsequent question and answer session. Stuffy and Miss Mouse, characters from Cbeebies ‘Show me, show me’ made the journey to City Hall and Pui talked about her work as the Tellytubby Po.
London schools share their stories
4 London schools including Headteachers, teachers, support staff and pupils shared the work that they are doing regarding pupil emotional health and wellbeing including: pupil voice, conflict resolution, self-regulation, social skills, anger management, improving attendance of disengaged pupils, involvement in decision making, self-esteem, mindfulness, building relationships and training for lunchtime staff.
George Mitchell School in LB Waltham Forest shared their work in the playground that has reduced the number of playground behavioural incidents.
Bishop Winnington-Ingram Primary in LB Hillingdon talked about how they are improving the attendance of Pupil Premium and disadvantaged children through breakfast and after school clubs.
Cherry Orchard Primary School in LB Greenwich presented their work on pupil voice and self esteem building
St Paul’s Primary School in LB Kingston shared their 5 ways to well-being through: mindfulness, building relationships, being active, learning and being encouraged. Their presentations will soon be available on our website: www.healthyschools.london.gov.uk
Youth Health Champions and Pupil Voice
The celebration event provided a platform for children and young people to have their voices heard through their own school presentations and via the Q+A. The pupils really shone as the stars at our event and were able to take ownership of the issues that are affecting their emotional health and wellbeing at school. The Youth Health Champions were pupils from Kelmscott School in LB Waltham Forest. They gave a fantastic presentation about their work supporting pupil mental health across the whole school and raising awareness of issues affecting the whole school community. Pupils from George Mitchell School, Bishop Winnington-Ingram Primary and Cherry Orchard Primary School presented their schools’ work beautifully and talked about how the changes made through their Healthy Schools work had impacted on their lives.