Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe is confident that pupils will benefit from its new pupil focused Resilience Programme which has recently been launched at the school.
The innovative programme, which will last for eighteen 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 will help 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.
To mark the launch of the programme, the school held a tea party with a wide variety of mouthwatering cakes and a range of specialist teas to try. All were served on beautiful delicate vintage china crockery. The event was sponsored by R Coffee of Didsbury. Mrs Cathie Halbert, who has organised the programme at Saint Paul’s, explained: “The new programme will help children become aware of their thoughts, emotions and actions and better able to manage these. Furthermore, the pupils will learn to recognise the impact these thoughts, emotions and actions may have on their day to day lives. As a result, this understanding will help them to interact more effectively with peers and adults alike.”
She added: “The tea party was a great success, everyone was pleased to be involved and the pupils were very enthusiastic about trying a range of teas. The use of the vintage crockery, loaned to us by a member of staff, was a huge benefit as it added a lovely element of refinement and much discussion as whether the little finger should stick out when drinking from the dainty cups!”
“We are confident that the children will enjoy the programme and will benefit from the assortment of skills they gain,” explained Mrs Fiona Minshall, Head Teacher at Saint Paul’s. “The programme will boost confidence, resilience and selfesteem in children with the result of improving their behaviour and school performance."