At Drumgor Primary School, we have a team of people who are responsible for the pastoral care of the children. Mr Hawthorne is our Safeguarding Officer and is assisted by our Principal Mrs McKeown.
We also have a number of Learning Support Assistants who have been trained in Mental Health First Aid and Mindfulness. We may offer a specific intervention with one of our Learning Support Assistants if a child needs additional support with their emotional health and wellbeing. In addition to this, we are also support by the Barnardo's School Counselling service who work with children one day a week in school and the Reach Mentoring.
Children are made aware they can come and talk to Mr Hawthorne, Mrs McKeown, their own class teacher or any member of staff to discuss issues they may be experiencing. The class teacher guides and counsels each child in their care. Our aim is to ensure that each child is happy, contented and working to their full potential. All school staff will always listen, comfort and work together with the child and families to ensure a positive outcome.
If you would like to hear more about our in school pastoral care support system or read out school policy then please contact the school office.
Looking After Your Wellbeing
All children feel anxious at some point during their school experience, this is a normal part of development. Anxiety can be displayed in many different ways, fear, worry, tummy ache, tears or aggression. Children experience anxiety for many different reasons, moving house, homework, parent's separation or friendships and may not want to talk about it because they are embarrassed, scared or ashamed.
As parents we worry about how to help. Below is a list of simple techniques to try at home:-
Don't panic! Encourage your child to open up about their feelings, give them time to talk, share your own anxieties as a child. Modelling calm behaviour, managing your own anxiety to show children it can be achieved. Encourage good eating (reduce caffeinated, high sugar drinks and foods), regular exercise, hobbies, sufficient sleep and connection with friends. When young people are well rested and relaxed, they will be in a better mental state to handle fears or worries. Talk to school, sharing a problem gives more opportunities for support. Don't avoid the things that make your child anxious, accept their concerns but don't empower them. Avoidance reinforces the anxiety. If the anxiety becomes problematic or concerning look at seeking external support via school or your GP.
The following website can also provide help and advice:-