Health and Wellbeing

Learning in Health and Wellbeing ensures that children and young people develop the knowledge and understanding, skills, capabilities and attributes which they need for mental, social, emotional and physical Wellbeing now and in the future.

Health promotion is a priority at St James’; we promote a positive ethos and positive relationships to support and nurture a healthy lifestyle. We aim to be a health promoting school through our day to day activities as well as through the planned curriculum.

Please see our Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy.

Learning through health and wellbeing enables children and young people to:

  • make informed decisions in order to improve their mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing;
  • experience challenge and enjoyment;
  • experience positive aspects of healthy living and activity for themselves
  • apply their mental, emotional, social and physical skills to pursue a healthy lifestyle;
  • make a successful move to the next stage of education or work;
  • establish a pattern of health and wellbeing which will be sustained into adult life, and which will help to promote the health and wellbeing of the next generation of Scottish children; and
  • for some, perform at high levels in sport or prepare for careers within the health and leisure industries.

Health and Wellbeing in schools covers:

  • Mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing;
  • Planning for choices and changes;
  • Physical education, physical activity and sport;
  • Food and health;
  • Substance misuse; and
  • Relationships, sexual health and parenthood.

At St. James’, we are introducing an educational programme called PATHS® which is designed to facilitate the development of self-control, emotional awareness and interpersonal problem-solving skills. Based around a framework for learning and talking about emotions, the goal is to build emotional language and understanding in children and young people to help develop emotional competence and resilience.

PATHS | New Cumnock Primary School

St. James’ Primary school is committed to enhancing the chances of every pupil to succeed in life. We ensure that all children receive two hours of PE each week to encourage active and healthy lifestyles. There are also opportunities for children to take part in activities run by Active Schools.

Our Active Schools coordinator Robert Campbell visits our school regularly and works alongside both pupils and staff to promote physical activity and sport.

Health and wellbeing cannot exist in a vacuum. It requires exchange of information, mutual support and collaboration with community partners, schools and parents.

For more information on Health and Wellbeing Principles and Practices visit the Education Scotland website.

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