We have been a Healthy Schools since 2007 and have been re-validated every 3 years.There are 4 aspects to Healthy Living:
- physical (healthy eating, physical activity)
- emotional (mental health)
- social (including online)
Upper school children can buy freshly made snacks or fruit from the tuck shop at break time. To reduce our use of single-use plastic, we have stopped selling pre-packed drinks and instead refill children’s bottles with squash. Alternatively, children can bring in their own healthy snack for breaktime (See the Healthy Snacks page for guidelines on healthy snacks).
Lower school children are provided with free fruit and vegetables during the morning and a free school meal at lunchtime.
Our menus at lunch time have been developed with Essex County Council to ensure they are wholesome and appealing to the children.
We encourage the children to bring in ‘sports bottles’ for water which they have access to at all times.
All of these initiatives are intended to promote children’s concentration and sustain their energy levels throughout the day to maximise their achievement in school as well as developing healthy eating habits for their future well-being.
There are many opportunities for various activities throughout our school day, from competitive sports to Beyblading in the quad, walking around town to conduct surveys or exploring our outdoor areas.
We have special mental health days during the year as well as assemblies and lessons focusing on emotional well-being. Everyone in the school community plays their part in ensuring everyone is okay. And if they’re not, we support each other.
We use Zones of Regulation to help us understand our feelings and create mental health toolkits for helping us stay emotional well.
We teach children how to work collaboratively as well as independently and how to use technology to enhance learning as well as for social communication. A large aspect of modern technology, is keeping children safe online. Please read the guidance on our Online Safety page.
As part of our vision for children to become ……………..responsible citizens, we have lots of different opportunities for children to support each other.
Charity of the Year
We support a Charity of the Year chosen by the children through the School Council. Past charities have included Jennifer’s Trust, Barnardos, Little Havens Hospice, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Water Aid. We also support the annual Red Cross and Poppy appeals.
Additionally, for many year we have supported the Gorilla Fund through the adoption of Amy, a mountain gorilla. and this has led to a friendship link with a school in Uganda. The children have worked with an artist to create a mural in the playground to celebrate this link.
Playleaders wear yellow jackets and are on duty at lunchtimes to make sure everyone has a happy playtime. Games are led by Mrs Champion our Learning Mentor.
Playleaders are also peer mediators. So if friends have an argument and need help sorting it out, mediators can help them make up.
Class council meetings take place weekly so children can express their opinions about school. Every class has two school councillors who represent their class’ views at school council meetings which take place every other week at either upper or lower school. Once a month, on Rainbow Fridays, the councillors from the whole school get together to instigate whole school changes.
Take a look at these other pages of our website for further information about our Healthy School: