Spending time in nature is positive for our mental health and wellbeing. Benefits include reduced stress, increased physical activity, and better physical health. Our senses connect us to the environment around us, from the shapes in nature we see to the scents that trees give off and the soft fascination that nature can stimulate which helps our minds rest.
From Ground to Plate Club
From the ground to the plate! The garden has grown a beautiful harvest of carrots and purple potatoes and our young people decided to make some healthy carrot and coriander soup after school today.
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SQA Mental Health and Wellbeing Unit Award
This is currently being offered as a Unit award in Understanding Mental Health to S6 one period a week but also on an individual basis.
Health and wellbeing skills
- Personal learning
- Emotional wellbeing
- Planning for, and making, choices and changes
National Progression Award in Horticulture at SCQF level 4
National Progression Awards (NPAs) assess a defined set of skills and knowledge in specialist vocational areas, linked to National Occupational Standards.
The NPA in Horticulture at SCQF level 4 introduces learners to techniques that are important in the horticulture sector and covers areas such as allotment gardening and plant propagation.
It develops: knowledge and understanding of horticulture; practical, technical and transferable skills; oral, written and evaluation abilities; resource management; problem solving and planning; and organisational and communication skills.
S6 Mental Health Ambassadors
Peer Education training for S5 and 6 pupils to become Mental Health Ambassadors. This has been very successful in London and other parts of England and we are excited to be offering this Mental Health Foundation opportunity at PGHS .
The training helps inform young people about mental health and how to support others. New Mental health Ambassadors then teach 5 lessons to S1 pupils. As well as building confidence and leadership this will also build up community hours, give pupils wider achievement accreditation and is a fantastic attribute to put on a CV or UCAS/college application.
Mentors in Violence Prevention
Peer mentors are at the heart of the MVP programme.
The mentor training involves mentors considering a number of scenarios that young people may come across in school. These include, among others –
- possible bullying in the corridor
- inappropriate photos on a phone
- hearing insults
Mentors consider whether a bystander should intervene and, if so, what the possible consequences of different actions may be. Mentors are trained to elicit responses from the young people they are working with. Over the period of a school session, mentors will deliver around 4 lessons to each of their classes. During the year there will be regular meetings of the mentors with members of the school management group to support the mentors and ensure that their training is ongoing.