Student Wellbeing Group
Student wellbeing group
The newly named Student Wellbeing Group replaces the Zee Tee ambassador group.
Students from Year 7 to Year 13 have been chosen to help out with projects and learning. Students wear white star badges to symbolise five topics of discussion; LGBT, faith/communities, mental health, Exercise/nutrition and anti-bullying.
Our aim is to work together to support the whole school in tackling issues that could affect students whilst studying. School can be hard enough without hidden barriers to contend with. Students are able to approach the Student Wellbeing Group with any problem they might have which they may not feel like sharing with a friend in the first instance.
Year 7 and 8 meet every Wednesday morning during registration to discuss in detail each topic over a number of weeks. This allows them to find out what is happening across year groups and to collaborate any ideas they may have for projects or campaigns. Adopting a ‘train the trainer’ approach, the Wellbeing Group are then able to educate their classmates to help stamp out any negative behaviour. The group have been given ‘Bully Watch’ note pads so that what they see can be confidentially recorded and passed on to a designated member of staff.
Our Year 9 to 11 group have started to work with a company called ‘Space 2’ who create healthy communities and thriving young people through the Arts and creativity. The project started last year, when the students had an introduction to mental health awareness and how to recognise signs and symptoms. The start of this year the group helped run the ‘time to talk’ day in school. They set up a relaxation area with mindful colouring books as well as encouraging fellow students to start conversations and pledge what they could do help their classmates. In the summer term the group will launch an interactive project they have been working on; further information will be announced shortly.
Last year, a group of girls from Year 8 worked with local organisations, Shantona and Space 2, to put together a piece of work which encourages communities to speak out about emotional health and domestic violence. Since then, the animation has won a Golden Owl Award in the Key Stage 3 and 4 category, and was nominated at the Child Friendly Leeds Awards. The animation will be played on the big screen in millennium square over the summer.