Meet our Pastoral Team
Mrs Birkett-Rothwell - SENCO
Mrs Hales- Family Support Worker
Please find a collection of resources below to support well-being:
- a link to the NHS research on Mental Health of children and young people in England - summary of key findings
- a link to a website that provided expert resources for parents and mentors to help raise young people's self-esteem.
- a poster to support mental health
- a link to a website and an article and parent's supporting childhood anxiety
- a poster Understanding young people's mental health
- a poster Sources of stress
- a poster Self care and support
Here are some websites that can provide additional support and information about wellbeing, mental health and meditation and relaxation:
Rainbows and Sunbeams
At St Michael's we offer support groups for any child who is expressing any difficulty or distress due to a change within their family circumstance or any painful loss. This programme is called RAINBOWS and SUNBEAMS.
When something significant happens in a family, the entire family is affected. Even though death, divorce or other loss issues (such as marital breakdown) appear to be only grown-up problems, they do have a profound effect on the children who are touched by such experiences. If a parent dies, a divorce happens, or some other painful loss occurs, not only do the parents grieve, the children do also. Children may find it extremely difficult to verbalise their feelings of grief because of their age and inexperience.
We have some very sensitive, caring and trained adults who have said “yes” to helping these children put their feelings into words, work through their grief, build a stronger sense of self-esteem, and begin to accept what has taken place in the family.
If your child has experienced the death of a loved family member, friend or sibling, or is struggling through a painful experience, this will be an opportunity for him/her to share with a special someone.
Rainbows is a support programme for children in year 2 and Key stage 2. To support our younger children in Reception and Year 1, there is also a group call Sunbeams. This is modelled on the Rainbows programme but uses age appropriate resources. Through these programmes the children will have the opportunity to grieve the loss in their family and develop appropriate coping mechanisms for life. All our sessions are led by school staff familiar to the children who are fully trained Rainbows and Sunbeams facilitators.
If you think that you may be interested in either of these programmes, or would just like some further information, please speak to your class teacher or the SENCO for more details.