Health and Wellbeing
Mental Health and Wellbeing Provision at OLOL
At Our Lady of Lourdes (OLOL), we actively promote the positive mental health & wellbeing of our whole school community. For children to learn, and teachers to teach, to their best ability, they need to happy! This is something that is at the forefront of how we 'Live. Love. Learn.' at our school.
We celebrate and promote wellbeing through a variety of ways. Since introducing Yoga and Mindfulness into our curriculum in 2015, it has become thoroughly embedded across the school. These sessions have seen the children develop an awareness of their emotions and how to manage them. In addition to this, we hold regular themed assemblies which allow the children and staff to talk about their own emotions. We also take part in themed days and weeks which keeps mental health high on the agenda at our school. We also believe, that as teachers, we are role models and endeavour to promote our own positive mental health through healthy habits.
Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSA)
As part of the Our Lady of Lourdes family, we want you to know that your children’s emotional needs are as equally important as their academic needs. Mrs. Cookson and Mrs. Walker are fully qualified ELSAs who have specific days dedicated to providing this important support to children across the school.
The Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) programme is an evidence based accredited course, for Teaching Assistants. It is nationally recognised for its approach in supporting children and young people, with a variety of Social and Emotional needs. The programme is initially 10 weeks of training (1 full day a week) followed by annual supervision and compulsory Conference attendance. This is enhanced through continual professional development.
Alongside school Educational Psychologists, ELSA support children in building coping strategies and resilience towards everyday life and long-term challenges, such as bereavement, friendship difficulties, family separation and trauma.
Curriculum of Calm
All classes at OLOL take part in our bespoke mindfulness course- "Curriculum of Calm". This is delivered through daily videos inviting them to try new mindful practices designed to support their learning and enhance their mental health. Each day covers a different theme: Mindful Mondays, Tranquil Tuesdays, Warrior Wednesdays, Thankful Thursdays and Friendly Fridays.