Pastoral Care & Wellbeing

The emotional health and wellbeing of every student is of the utmost importance. Children learn best when they are happy and healthy. Our pastoral care system is designed to make sure that children feel safe and supported at school so that they can do exactly that.

Designated class teacher:

Each class is looked after by a designated class teacher who is responsible for the academic and emotional wellbeing of each child in the class. With our small class sizes, the teacher comes to know each child individually and therefore is able to provide personalised learning and support where necessary. The teacher will work hand-in-hand with the child and their parents to ensure that support and challenge are offered in all areas.

PSHE as part of the curriculum:

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is designed to prepare children for the changes ahead of them from early childhood to teenagehood. In the Primary school, PSHE takes a mindful approach to learning and is based around six main topics: Being Me, Celebrating Differences, Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me, Relationships and Changing Me. Children throughout Primary will learn about these topics at the same time but age-appropriate levels. The topics are regularly reviewed and updated to ensure they are most relevant to the children at this school.

Mindfulness lessons and Thankful Thursday:

Thankful Thursday is done each Thursday and involves the children reflecting on what they are thankful for that week. It is used in conjunction with our PSHE curriculum and helps promote gratitude; an important part of wellbeing.

Mindfulness has been prompted across the primary school, with many of the classes doing it each week. Mindfulness provides and develops many skills that will help children focus, relax and deal with stress. It provides tools that children can use when under pressure in later life and helps them prepare for any challenges they may face

Mental Health First Aiders:

Over 14 members of the school’s teaching and support staff are qualified Mental health First Aiders. This means that they are trained to identify the signs of poor mental health and are able to offer support and guidance to those who need it. Students are aware who they can talk to, and have established a ‘circle of trust’ with relative members of staff where needed.

The school also offers regular opportunities to parents and students to receive Mental Health First Aid training too, all as part of ensuring that our school community is a happy and safe place to be.

The Wellbeing Award for Schools:

We are very proud of the way we care for our students and for each other. During February 2022, St Andrews Green Valley achieved the internationally-recognized Wellbeing Award for Schools – the first school on Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard to be recognised with this accolade. This award measures schools against a national standard for positive mental health and emotional wellbeing.

‘Staff help develop students’ life skills through both the rich curriculum and the school’s wider offer. As a result, students feel they are part of a community where everyone’s differences are celebrated.’

– Wellbeing Award for Schools Inspection, 2022

School counsellors:

The school employs a full-time, fully accredited counsellor who supports students of all ages. The counsellor works alongside the Designated Safeguarding Lead to refer students who may benefit from counselling. All sessions are free of charge.

Opportunities for all:

All Primary students also attend a weekly assembly which focuses on recognising student achievement as well as informing students about what is happening at school in the near future. Three times a week, students are able to participate in a variety of activities. Activity options are wide and varied and usually include drama, sport, cultural and artistic options.

As a School, it is essential that we develop every aspect of a child. Academic content is important, however ensuring that a child is happy and that they enjoy learning is more important, as a happy child is a successful child. In addition to learning through traditional subject lessons, students are given the opportunity to:

  • take part in a variety of sports;
  • learn a musical instrument;
  • be part of a drama production;
  • develop their public speaking ability;
  • take on responsibility through student leadership roles;
  • explore how the world works through Model United Nations
  • develop a culture of “giving is better than receiving” through our community service programme.

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