St Francis Xavier

Catholic Primary School

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At St. Francis Xavier, we have a responsibility to ensure all our pupils have a healthy lifestyle, body and most importantly mind. By caring for the whole child our aim is for all children to feel happy, safe and confident in school. We work hard to promote positive mental health and wellbeing to ensure all pupils are able to cope with changes, emotions and situations in their lives that they may find challenging. We understand that all the children will face some difficulties throughout their lives and we aim to support them in managing these appropriately and with confidence.  




Evidence suggests that there are five steps we can all take to improve our wellbeing:

  • Connect – connect with the people around you. Children are given the opportunity to connect with their peers in lessons and during playtime.
  • Be active – find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life. Children enjoy a varied physical education and have the chance to attend various active after school clubs.
  • Keep learning – learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. We continue to offer a varied and creative curriculum that allows children to continuously access new experiences.
  • Give to others – even the smallest act can count, whether it's a smile, a thank you or a kind word. We encourage children to live by the school mission statement and love as Christ did.
  • Be mindful – be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness 'mindfulness'. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a fundamental part of human consciousness. One way to improve our wellbeing is through the practise of mindfulness. It can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice much. Paying more attention to the present moment- to your own thoughts and feelings, and the world around you- can improve your mental wellbeing.

This awareness is often referred to as 'mindfulness'. 

As a school, we promote mindfulness throughout our curriculum and by practise mindfulness in order to help children enjoy their time and understand themselves better. This icludes techniques that allow children to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and to love and grow enjoying each day.

Children's Mental Health 2022 In Nursery we have been talking about our feelings and worries. We also met Archie the puppet! Archie had worries about his first day at school but we discussed together how we could make him feel better. We told him that the school is a HAPPY place :) c


If you're looking for activities to support your children's wellbeing, try some of the ideas below. They encourage children to think about their achivements, talents, relationships, diet, sleep and activity, as well as the world and people around them!

A few links to get active!!