The Froebelian Happiness Project
We are proud to share our school vision for the project: Froebelian will be a happy, healthy and kind school where we nurture all members of the school community and enable them to access and utilise tools to support individual and collective wellbeing at Froebelian.
The Froebelian Happiness Project was launched in March 2019 to set out how we are going to address the issue and ensure all members of the school community feel happy, safe and valued.
The project has been a mammoth undertaking spearheaded by Mrs Stratford who has inspired the staff to work together over the last few months to pull together the various activities for the children and staff next week. The FPTA are also involved and we hope that you will be able to support their part in the venture and help raise funds for our Well-Being Pod.
At Froebelian, we believe that the emotional health and wellbeing of children is just as important as their physical health and wellbeing. Over the past few years, there has been a growing recognition of the need to make dramatic improvements to mental health services for children and young people and we are keen to look at improvements that we can make here at our school; hence The Happiness Project!
You do not have to look very far to stumble upon concerning statistics with regard to children and mental health: about 695,000children aged 5 to 16 years in England have a clinically significant mental health illness (The Good Childhood Report, 2018); and every year, one young person in ten experiences a mental health problem (Centre for Mental Health, 2018). Many reports conclude that family relationships make the biggest difference to children’s well-being and I hope that you will agree that one of the main strengths of our school is that we see ourselves as afamily. The success of the relationships between all children and adults who collaborate in our school is key to all we do.
The common thread running through many reports on children’s mental heath is that children’s interactions with those around them – and the way in which children make sense of those interactions – are fundamentally important to how they feel about themselves and their lives. If children feel supported by the people around them, they will hopefully retain a positive view of themselves and cope with the challenges of growing up.
Children and young people’s mental health has never been so high on the public agenda and rightly so. At any one time, a child or young person may be anywhere on a spectrum between being healthy and unwell. Many children move back and forth along the spectrum at different times:
With all this in mind, we feel strongly as a school that it is vital that we work in partnership with you on this critical area of our children’s development and equally each and every adult who in involved in Froebelian.