JFS is committed to whole school approach to wellbeing for students, staff and parents; encouraging a wellbeing culture and awareness that is weaved throughout the fabric of the school. Our intention is to prioritise the wellbeing by providing safe spaces for our students and staff to be seen and heard, such as the Wellbeing Suite, Inclusion Room and Health Hut .
We support our students to build their resilience and self-regulation through teaching them the tools they can apply to raise their own wellbeing and happiness; resulting in flourishing young people. We have a comprehensive programme that is delivered in each Year Group to support this. We support students to develop a strong sense of positive wellbeing. We want to ensure students know who to turn to when in need of support, this could be anything from having a tough day, going through a crisis or feeling that you are not able to cope. In addition we are committed to teaching and imparting tools and ways that empower our young people, to support themselves and their wellbeing.
Meet the Wellbeing Team:
Rabbi Howard Cohen
Deputy Headteacher – Wellbeing
Mr Raynn Bruce
Designated Safeguarding Lead and Responsible for Wellbeing
Mrs Gail Roston
Mrs Nicki Cohen
Emotional Wellbeing Practitioner
Mrs Dana Kahn
Ms Anita Parmar
Miss Marcia Jones
Please also note that each Year group has a dedicated Pastoral Team including Heads of Year, Assistant Heads of Year, Pastoral Support Officers (non-teaching) and a dedicated team of Form Tutors.
There is also a fantastic team of Sixth Form and Year 10 buddies as well as peer mentors.
For further information on our wellbeing provision please refer to the attachments below.
A word from Nicki our Emotional Wellbeing Practitioner:
It’s been an amazing and full on first term for me as the Wellbeing Practitioner.
Between assemblies, small intervention groups, bespoke one off sessions with a number of students, blocks of sessions with others, Peer Mentor training, the launch of the Peer Education Project, Peer Buddies, starting and maintaining a JFS Wellbeing account, planning parent events and staff webinars, there has never been a dull moment!
We’ve looked at a whole range of issues across all the year groups, including self-confidence, increasing assertiveness, friendship, organisation strategies, a calm approach to exams, stress management, bereavement support, sibling support, life after 6th form and more!
Wellbeing at JFS is about using positive psychology, proactively supporting the students and equipping them with new ways to think about things they might struggle with. In designing the sessions I am always thinking about 5 key ideas for wellbeing, taken form a wonderful book by Ian Morris. The idea being that with due attention to these 5 areas, your own wellbeing can and will improve.
Care of Mind – what do you do to help keep you mentally happy and safe?
Care of Body – do you engage in physical activities to keep your body healthy?
Care of Others –being supportive and helpful is a great way to make us feel happier
Care of Passions – what do you love doing? Are you making enough time for it?
Care of Our Place in the World – the world is a big place and change has to start with us!
As we move towards the end of term and with that in mind, I invite you as students, staff and parents to think about what you will be doing for your own self-care over the holidays. It’s been a long term, everyone seems to be feeling the impact of the cold, dark days and the dreary weather which makes it all the more important to make time for yourself and recharge your batteries.
My top tip would be to make sure you get lots of sleep. Secondary school students should be aiming for 9 hours of sleep per night and don’t forget that low mood, lack of focus, forgetfulness, stress can often be attributed at least in part to poor sleeping patterns.
Have a look at these great websites if you are struggling to sleep:
Please follow our Instagram account @jfs_wellbeing where we will be sharing thought provoking / inspirational memes and quotes related to wellbeing.
What is Wellbeing?
Wellbeing is the state of being comfortable, healthy and happy. Wellbeing includes our body, mind, and spirit.
How I support:
Consult on a whole school approach to wellbeing: Culture, curriculum and calendar of wellbeing awareness events
Positive Interventions with students and teachers
Teaching positive psychology and wellbeing through interactive and experiential lessons and workshops
Training up students and teachers with wellbeing tools
Supporting teachers with positive classroom management and form time activities
Being a safe space for students to seeks support
Meditation using Non Violent Communication (NVC)
What I am bringing acts as more of a prevention to mental health. The programs I will provide increases many areas of emotional wellbeing.
Topics and Areas Covered in Wellbeing:
An introduction to Positive Psychology and the road map to wellbeing the PERMA model (Positive Emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Accomplishment)
Positive approach to exams
Exam stress reduction
Self Esteem and confidence building
Kindness and compassion
Creating a Routine