As you are aware, our children’s mental and physical well-being continues to be extremely important to us and now more than ever we feel that it is vitally important. We are very proud of all that we offer our children and that this was recognised in the application we presented to the Hertfordshire Healthy Young Minds panel of mental health professionals. The panel commented on the wealth of information that was provided along with this submission.
“The information was very comprehensive and provided useful informative about Westfield approach to emotional wellbeing in the school. The submission demonstrated a range of strong interventions supporting the development of resilience and positive emotional wellbeing. The panel also highlighted the strong Leadership and Management section which is key in order for the linked 11 areas to be following through within the school community.”
A very personal thank you to all the staff and parents for supporting us embed this culture and ethos into our school for the wellbeing of us all.
I am delighted to say that I got up early this morning to take on my 2.6 Challenge on Northchurch common and I did it!!!!
In true Westfield style I definitely put myself in the ‘ stretch zone ‘, as I am certainly more a dog walker than a runner!
That said, as my morning quote on my calendar quite rightly said , ‘If you never try you’ll never know’
I now know that I ‘CAN ‘ run 2.6 K which for many of you I appreciate would be a walk in the park – however for me, it felt more like a marathon!
Thanks to Milo running by my side and my daughter’s support and company I am proud to share the attached photos .
Thank you Harrison for inspiring me to do this – I hope Harrison, Milo and I have now inspired you to put yourselves in the stretch zone and try something new and take part in the 2.6 challenge – it’s never too late!
In fact, I have now decided that I will get up and go on my second run on Friday – you never know, maybe I could run 5 K by the end of lockdown!!!
Enjoy your day everyone
Mrs Stace and Milo
Westfield school are fully behind and supportive of a new Police initiative designed to support children facing domestic abuse.
Operation Encompass is a police and education early information sharing partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support for children and young people experiencing domestic abuse. Information is shared by the police with a school’s trained Key Adult (DSL) prior to the start of the next school day after officers have attended a domestic abuse incident thus enabling appropriate support to be given, dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.
Children experiencing domestic abuse are negatively impacted by this exposure; domestic abuse has been identified as an Adverse Childhood Experience and can lead to emotional, physical and psychological harm. Operation Encompass aims to mitigate this harm by enabling immediate support, making a child’s day better and giving them a better tomorrow. Operation Encompass believes that children are victims of domestic abuse in their own right and should be acknowledged as such.
The principles of Operation Encompass are very simple and easy to adopt. Within every school a trained Key Adult is appointed – the Key Adult receives information about abusive incidents directly from the police. The Key Adult will be notified prior to the start of the next school day that the police have attended an incident of domestic abuse to which a child has been exposed. This timely knowledge enables a plan for appropriate support to be made for that child so that all interactions, from when the child first arrives at the school gates, are of a positive nature.
Within Operation Encompass all records are managed at Child Protection level with the highest level of security and confidentiality, and in full accordance with GDPR.
For more information go to www.operationencompass.org/
A copy of the Operation Encompass parent letter can be viewed below.
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