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Wellbeing for All

At Hobbayne Primary School, we are committed to supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of our pupils and staff. We know that everyone experiences life challenges that can make us vulnerable and at times, anyone may need additional emotional support. We take the view that positive mental health is everybody’s business and that we all have a role to play.  


At our school we:

  • help children to understand their emotions and feelings better                             
  • help children feel comfortable sharing any concerns or worries
  • help children socially to form and maintain relationships
  • promote self esteem and ensure children know that they count
  • encourage children to be confident and ‘dare to be different’
  • help children to develop emotional resilience and to manage setbacks 


We offer different levels of support:

Universal Support- To meet the needs of all our pupils  through our overall ethos and our wider curriculum. For instance developing resilience for all.


Additional support- For those who may have short term needs and those who may have been made vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement.  


Targeted support-  For pupils who need more differentiated support and resources or specific targeted interventions such as wellbeing groups or personal mentors.


Lead staff member:

Mrs Yudolph (SENDCO and Inclusion Lead) 

Children’s Mental Health Week 2021– Dress to Express

We are proud to be supporting Children’s Mental Health Week 2021. From 1-7 February 2021 our school will be joining Schools Counselling Partnership in taking part in Children’s Mental Health Week, this year’s theme is Express Yourself.

Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that make you feel good.

It’s important to remember that being able to express yourself is not about being the best at something or putting on a performance for others. It is about finding a way to show who you are, and how you see the world, that can help you feel good about yourself.

For Children's Mental Health Week 2021 we will be encouraging children (and adults) to explore the different ways we can express ourselves, and the creative ways that we can share our feelings, our thoughts and our ideas. 

When we have a positive view of ourselves it can help us to cope with life’s challenges, and recognising the different qualities of others can allow us to connect with those around us – which is vital for our own and others’ wellbeing. Click here for further details.


Useful links:

A public health England and NHS site to help people take simple steps to look after their mental health, improve their mental wellbeing and support others.

Quality-assured information, advice and resources to help primary schools understand and promote children’s mental health and wellbeing.  
A selection of short videos exploring different emotions on the BBC website for Early Years and Key Stage 1


Some Information from our School Counselor Elita

This last year has been a particularly challenging time for everyone, turning all our lives upside down. The hope of returning to some degree of normality is on the horizon and I am positive that brighter days lie ahead.  This global pandemic has affected us all in some way or another, whether it is has been the loss of a loved one, a job, financial worries, home schooling, not seeing friends and family, not being in school. 

I hosted an interactive parent workshop on Tuesday, May 11th 2021.  The theme of the workshop focused on how parents and children are managing with COVID overwhelm!  This was an opportunity to explore what emotions and feelings are present for parents and children, reflecting on how this past year has impacted our lives. I looked at ways in which parents can support their child to learn to emotionally self-regulate. If you missed the workshop, please watch the video below for a recap of the strategies shared.

Parent Workshop

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Children's Mental Health Week Assembly 2021

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