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THE YEAR 6 RESIDENTIAL VISIT WELL-BEING

THE PRIMARY WELLBEING ROOM Nicola Crompton, Senior Teacher and Leader Student Support Services

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t Bangkok Patana School we recognise that emotional well-being is central to a child’s healthy development and the important role we play in supporting the wellbeing of our students. We know that good mental health is closely linked with educational outcomes; a research study in the UK published by the Department for Education found that student well-being predicted their later academic progression and engagement in school. Further studies from the University of London’s Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre have shown that students with higher levels of well-being make more progress and are more engaged in school. We also know that worldwide there has been a rise in the number of mental health issues affecting young people, in particular emotional issues including anxiety and depression. This year, to acknowledge the part we play in developing student well-being, we opened the Well-Being Room. The room offers students time and space to develop their well-being away from their classroom environment. A working party of school staff, including counsellors and those with experience in teaching mindfulness, was established in 2017/18 to plan the physical design of the room and how it could be used. Ideas for resources were shared and the room was opened towards the end of last year. The room is divided into two zones. One is set up for 12

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physical activities that promote well-being such as yoga, meditation and relaxation. The other zone is a multi-purpose space which is used for activities such as mindfulness colouring, PSHE (Physical, Social, Healthy and Environent) and circle time learning. There are activities which are more exploratory, such as small world play and crafts. Wherever possible, natural materials have been chosen which allow children to manipulate them for their own

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Term 3 Magazine June 2019