Saint Paul’s has been named the winner of the Healthy Schools Manchester ‘Health Improvement Award -Emotional Health (Secondary)'. The school has received the prestigious award for its commitment to promoting healthy lifestyles and its exceptional contribution to supporting emotional health.
The National Healthy Schools Programme (NHSP) is a joint Department of Health and Department for Children and Families project, intended to improve health and raise pupil achievement
The award, 1st place: Health Improvement Award – Emotional Health (Secondary), was given for the school’s pupil focused Resilience Programme. The innovative programme, which lasts for fifteen weeks, was written specifically for the school’s pupils. It aims to support children both in their first year of high school and as they move towards adulthood.
The programme has helped the children understand how their thinking affects all aspects of their lives and they will learn how to distinguish between positive and negative thoughts, emotions and actions.
Mrs Cathie Halbert, who has organised the programme at Saint Paul’s, explained: “The programme is helping the pupils become more aware of their thoughts, emotions and actions and better able to manage these. Furthermore, the pupils are learning to recognise the impact these thoughts, emotions and actions can have on their day to day lives. As a result, this understanding is helping them to interact more effectively with peers and adults alike.”
Mrs Halbert added: "At Saint Paul’s, we believe that it is not only essential to support the emotional health of our pupils but we also need to educate them on how to make healthy lifestyle choices and to help them understand the long term benefits of doing so. There is a wealth of healthy living based projects at Saint Paul’s and the award we have received confirms this. We are delighted to have won."
“The children are enjoying the programme and are clearly benefitting from the assortment of skills they are gaining,” explained Mrs Fiona Minshall, Head Teacher at Saint Paul’s. “The programme is boosting confidence, resilience and self-esteem in the children with the result of improving their behaviour and school performance.”