Emotional Wellbeing

Mrs Sephton, Mrs Malherbe and Mrs Davis support pupils at Ellingham Primary school with their emotional wellbeing.  We take part in a Trailblazer Project with the Mental Health Support Team and have access to creative therapies for children and support for parents whose children are experiencing low mood or anxiety.

Mrs Davis is our Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) and offers sessions for pupils across the school when needed. We support children by helping them recognise emotions, raise self-esteem, develop social skills and friendship skills, understand and manage their anger and cope with loss and bereavement.

Mrs Sephton, Mrs Malherbe and Mrs Davis are happy to talk through any worries you may have throughout your child’s time at Ellingham Primary School.

Whole School Approach

From time to time, all of us (including adults) find it hard to manage strong feelings such as worry, anger, restlessness, fear or tiredness, and this stops us from getting on with our day effectively. Children who feel these emotions often find it hard to learn and concentrate in school. The Zones of Regulation aims to teach children strategies to help them cope with these feelings so they can get back to feeling calm and ready to learn. These coping strategies are called ‘self-regulation’.

To read more click on the link below - 

Zones of Regulation

Meet our Year 6 Wellbeing Ambassadors

Our Year 6 Wellbeing Ambassadors drive the importance of wellbeing across the whole school. These children volunteered at the beginning of the school year to play a crucial role in supporting our young people and their emotional wellbeing. Our Wellbeing Ambassadors run a weekly wellbeing club with our Emotional Wellbeing Practioner Miranda Wallace, providing a safe space for all children access and use in the best way to support their wellbeing.

Welcome Year 3 Wellbeing Buddies

Our Year 3 Wellbeing Buddies help support the younger children in our school with their worries and help point them in the direction of an adult to support them further. Our Wellbeing Buddies play a similar role to our Wellbeing Ambassadors, providing support where needed for our young people. 

Children's Mental Health Week 2023

Children at Ellingham Primary School took part in Mental Health Week and completed a variety of activities to encourage themselves to 'Connect' with one another. To the left are some photos of children enjoying completing a range of wellbeing tasks.

Wellbeing Ambassadors attend WellFest

Year 6 Wellbeing Ambassadors represented Ellingham Primary School at Southborough High School on Thursday 19th January. They attended WellFest and had a fantastic time talking to various agencies and organisations about then importance of wellbeing. 

Wellbeing Ambassadors Take Over Assembly!

Our Year 6 Wellbeing Ambassadors led their first Wellbeing Assembly and shared the stress bucket analogy with the whole school. If you want to find out more about what 'the stress bucket' is, ask your child if they can explain it to you or find out more via the picture below - 

Year 5 - Mental Health Event 'Beautiful Minds'

On Tuesday 16th May, 12 Year 5 pupils attended an exciting mental health event called ‘Beautiful Minds’ at The Exchange in Twickenham.  

They participated in 3 different workshops including a theatre production, activities led by Richmond Mind organisation and a clay workshop.

Lunch proved to be a very exciting part of the day as there was free pizza and even an ice cream van! Children also got the chance to enjoy the photo booth.

The Year 5 girls were a credit to Ellingham and a pleasure to be with. A great day had by all!

Trailblazer Project - Mental Health Support Team

The Mental Health Support Team deliver short term, evidence-based interventions for children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties, such as anxiety, low mood and behaviour difficulties. We are based in schools across Kingston and Richmond.

Hannah Cleevely is a Mental health clinician and Dramatherapist for the Mental Health Support Team. She runs individual and group therapy sessions using creativity as a means of self expression. She also runs workshops and training for children, teachers and parents/carers. She is really pleased to be a part of the team working at Ellingham.

Miranda is an Education Wellbeing Practitioner working as part of the MHST in Kingston.  She Provides 1:1 and group work based on cognitive-behavioural techniques (CBT) for mild to moderate mental health needs. This includes work with parents to help children overcome anxiety through ‘graded exposure’ and promote positive relationships & desirable behaviours. She can also offer a range of group work on Building resilience, Friendships, Transition, Emotional Literacy and Exam Anxiety.

Clara Henrich is an Art Psychotherapist working in the Mental Health Support Team (MHST) at Achieving for Children in Kingston. Art psychotherapy primarily uses artistic means as a means of expression and communication to explore emotions and difficulties in a safe, reflective, confidential and non-judgmental environment. It can help to create positivity, new perspectives and strengthen self-esteem through the creative process, which is tailored to meet the child's needs.

As a school we are very lucky to have these professionals work with us in supporting the children's mental health. If you are interested in supporting with your child's mental health further please follow the link below to the Emotional Health Service website - Emotional Health Service website 

To make a self referral please email the Pupil Support team with the name of the young person, their date of birth, class and a brief reason as to why you are making the referral. Please note in making this self referral you are agreeing to this information being passed to the Mental Health Team.

Wellbeing CalendarsSeptember 2023 & October 2023

Why not try our daily wellbeing challenges- Good Luck! 

Sep 2023.pdf
Oct 2023.pdf