Health and Well-being

Developing the whole child and taking account of their wellbeing in all aspects of their learning is at the centre of the ethos of both schools. We work very hard to make children feel included and appreciated as individuals.

As is clearly seen in the Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs” children need to feel well; safe and secure; a feeling of belonging and a sense of achievement before they can achieve personal growth and self actualisation.

We have a well developed and consistent behaviour policy that was carefully developed with input from staff, governors, parents and children. We are always keen to hear from parents about their viewpoint of how their child is progressing in their emotional development.

Mrs Webb is our personal, social and health co-ordinator and she plans for the many aspects of this education that children experience in school.

We work closely with other services to ensure that children receive the maximum amount of input about keeping healthy and making positive life choices.

The School Nurse works closely with school staff to follow up on any concerns we or parents have about the children and she works with small groups and whole classes on issues around keeping healthy.

Our Clinical Psychologist works very successfully in school with children and families for whom she has received a referral.

Working closely with parents and carers means that the school are able to pick up on any issues concerning a child’s wellbeing quickly and help to make things better.

Healthy eating

Exciting Times in the kitchen

After reviewing school meals at Christ Church we took the decision to completely change the way that we provide school meals. From September 2014 we no longer have a school meals provider, we employ our own kitchen Chefs directly. The new lunch provision has been very much informed by the feedback from children, staff and parents.

The advantage of having our own kitchen staff is that they can work more closely with the teachers to promote healthy eating and contribute to the food education that is already going on in the school. Our food is cooked from scratch and the menus are informed by the nutritionist that we have worked closely with.

In February 2019 we began making the lunches at Holy Trinity too. The healthy lunches are now provided at Holy Trinity too.

Meat Free Days

Mondays and Wednesdays are meat free days at both schools.

Our Suppliers

We have complete control over the sourcing of food in the school and choose the best quality suppliers. Every penny that comes into the school for school meals can be spent on the staffing and the best possible raw materials for cooking.

Fishmonger, James Knight of Mayfair

Butcher, Jago of Elystan Street, Chelsea

Fruit, First Choice, www.firstchoiceproduce.com

On the first day of the new academic year Reception parents join us for Reception Class’ first school dinner. This is great fun and allows all of these new parents a chance to see an example of the food that their children will be eating. All parents are invited to join the children for lunch in regular “Parents to Lunch” sessions over the year. This is an opportunity for parents to enjoy lunch with the children and see how school food is provided.

Staff regularly eat lunch with the children and set an example on good eating habits and healthy choices. There are three sittings for lunch so that all the children have a positive experience and have lots of time to eat and spend time at the table with their friends. There is an emphasis on manners and etiquette which very much promoted by our lunch time supervisors.

There is a two-weekly menu that is regularly revisited and is in line with Government healthy eating requirements. Children help review the menu and comment on meals they particularly enjoy. There will be a new menu each term and this will reflect changes in seasonal fruit and vegetables etc. We also use produce from our school gardens in the school meals so the children are developing an understanding of how their food is grown. Great lifelong learning!

Packed Lunch Guidance

Christ Church and Holy Trinity Primary Schools are committed to ensuring the health and well-being of all children at the school. We have developed a Whole School Food Policy in order to improve food and drink across the school day. Within this policy we have included guidance on which food and drinks are allowed and not allowed within packed lunches.

We hope that this guidance will help you pack a healthy lunch for your child.

The Eatwell Plate

Your child’s lunch box should be based on the Eatwell Plate. The Eatwell Plate has been developed by the Food Standards Agency in order to help us to understand the proportions of the different food groups that make up a healthy, balanced diet.

No single food group will provide us with all the nutrients that we need. The table below gives you examples of foods that sit under each of the food groups. Those foods that are high in fat and/or sugar have been restricted within packed lunches.

Food Group  – Function

Starchy Foods – Provide sustained energy to help kids run, play and learn

Fruit & Vegetables – An important source of vitamins and minerals

Milk & Dairy – Provide calcium, which helps to build strong bones and teeth

Meat, Fish, Eggs and Beans – Protein and iron in these foods are essential for strong blood and repair of body tissues

Foods High in Fat and/or Sugar – Are low in other nutrients, damaging to teeth and can lead to weight gain

First aid

We aim to provide a safe working environment for all staff, children and visitors to the school so that accidents very rarely happen. All activities are carefully risk assessed and possible potential accidents are anticipated.

Having said this accidents can happen and children do get ill during the school day. We have three fully trained first aiders in the school who always deal with and accidents or injuries that occur in the school.

We have a health and safety policy that incorporates First Aid procedures that the school follows.Please refer to this for further information.

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Our First Aiders

Health checks

Our School Nurse

We have a school nurse who is provided by the Local NHS PCT. Her name is Cherie Bowerman she visits the school weekly and follows up on any referrals from staff or parents with concerns about children’s health. She is also able to sign post other health services that a parent may need to access.

The school nursing service supports class teachers in the delivery of all health related teaching including sex and personal relationships.

The school nurse performs hearing and sight tests for all children in Reception class and provides parents with a report on their findings and any concerns they may have or issues that need further investigation.

The school nurse also completes height and weight tests for children in Reception Class and Year 6 and these results contribute to local authority health data as well as being used to report to parents on their child’s weight.

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Our School Nurse

E-Safety

The purpose of the Internet in school is to increase the opportunities for pupils to access a wider range of resources in support of the curriculum.

It supports the professional work of staff and enhances the school’s management information and business administration systems.

Access to the Internet is a necessary tool for staff and pupils. It is an entitlement for all pupils as it helps them to develop a responsible and mature approach to accessing information.

Internet access is purchased from a supplier that provides a service designed for pupils. This includes filtering appropriate to the age of pupils. We have an extensive internet usage policy that gives more detail about our practices to ensure children use the internet safely.

Pupils using the Internet are always supervised appropriately. They are taught to expect a wider range of content, both in level and in audience, than is found in the school library or on TV. Pupils are taught to validate information before accepting it as true and to discriminate between fact and opinion.

Issues of cyber bullying are explored with children and they learn how to use messaging systems safely.

We run internet safety sessions for parents that explain our processes, checks and policies and very importantly look at ways to keep children safe when using the internet and messaging technology at home.

More information on Keeping Children Safe on the Internet can be found here.

Road safety

As part of her role as Personal, Social and Health Co-ordinator, Mrs Webb leads the schools on issues of Road Safety.

We are part of the Junior Road Safety Scheme. We have road safety officers each year who help to educate the whole school about keeping safe on and around roads.

The JRSOs and all their helpers are a huge help to the Road Safety Officer for the local area, as they help promote road safety issues within the school and local community.

Every November we have a road safety awareness week where we focus on how children keep themselves safe when out and about and crossing roads.

Safeguarding

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Christ Church and Holy Trinity Primary Schools endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. Child protection forms part of the school’s safeguarding responsibilities.

If a parent or carer has any concern about the health and safety of their child at our school, they should share this information with an appropriate member of staff.

Name and Role

Avis Hawkins: Designated Safeguarding Lead

George Webb: Designated Deputy Safeguarding Lead

Camilla Nelson: Designated Deputy Safeguarding Lead

Donna Verity: Designated Deputy Safeguarding Lead

Rachel Cuperman: Designated Governor for Safeguarding

Sarah Garnett: e Safety Lead

Health advice

On this page we have links to outside health organisations which may be helpful to you. One of the most common ailments within schools are tummy upsets/bugs which have a tendency to be passed on more viruently amoungst pupils and staff! At our school we ask parents/carers to keep their children away from school for at least 24 hours after an episode of vomiting or diarrohoea.

Helpful links:
Treating Head Lice
Head Smart
Diabetes UK
Impetigo
Threadworms

Our school nurse has provided us with a table of information produced by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Health Education Working Group.

Air quality

We are actively engaging with ongoing research at both schools looking into the quality of the air our children are breathing. We have measured the air quality inside and outside the schools and are looking at ways to improve our practise so that the quality of the air our children breathe is enhanced.

It is very important that the school environment protects children’s health and does not increase exposure to air pollution. School-aged children spend a great deal of time inside school buildings. They are more vulnerable to airborne pollutants than adults not only because of their narrower airways, but also because they generally breathe more air per kilogram of body weight. The exposure of children’s developing lungs to air pollution can result in reduced lung function that persists through to adulthood, increasing susceptibility to respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.

Research suggests that ventilation rates keeping carbon dioxide (CO2) levels between 600 and 1,000 ppm may improve cognitive performance of students. Ensuring good air flow in classrooms and around the school is important and also maintaining temperatures as close to 20˚c is thought to also help with creating the optimum learning environment so all classrooms have a thermometer to check the temperature in classrooms at different times of the day.

Both schools, being in London, and both near busy roads mean that we need as educators to be actively thinking about how we can ensure that the air that our children is breathing is as clean as possible. Year 6 have taken part in a project looking at the importance of having a green wall of ivy surrounding a playground as it forms a ‘barrier’ along busy roads and in playgrounds to ‘block’ out toxic fumes. Research on urban vegetation suggests that it can help reduce the impact of pollution on people and buildings by acting as a pollution sink. The transport of pollutants from nearby traffic sources in urban areas can be effectively reduced by using green barriers. We have installed green wall infrastructures at both schools around the perimeter of the schools to reduce the impact of pollution in near road environments.

When we engage in the many outdoor activities and visits to places in and around the local area we do consider walking routes to attempt to take children using a route that has the cleanest air.

The clean air route finder is really useful.

There are two monitors outside the schools to measure the air quality outside our schools. This information is being collated over an extended period as we will benefit from advice on how to respond to the findings over the coming months.