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Sixth Formers Health and Wellbeing Day

Through our Personal Development Programme, the Sixth Form took part in a Health and Wellbeing Day on Wednesday, 9th November.  At Plumstead Manor, we believe that young people should develop the knowledge and understanding, skills, capabilities and attributes which they need for mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing now and in the future.

The day was supported by outside agencies such as Stonewall, The Metro, Streetwise Law, Charlton Athletic Community Trust, The Amy Winehouse Foundation, Plumstead Manor PE Department and Little Fish Theatre Company.

The aim of the day was for our young adults 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
  • 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 Greenwich young people

The day also opened minds to careers in various health industries/professions

Student feedback was that the day was well received by students who appreciated the opportunity to reflect on our holistic approach to promoting health and wellbeing to all young people in our school.  Some students have asked for ‘more fitness activities’ and responses such as ‘awesome day’ and ‘this is so amazing’ were really positive.

Following on from this, students in Years 8, 10 and 12 will be taking part in a Health Related Behaviour Survey to support the work of the local Authority and Public Health.  The data collected may prompt a review of our curriculum and will be used:

  • As a prompt for appropriate timing of topics covered in PSHE/PD
  • As a beginning for further enquiry to strengthen existing programmes of study eg. PE and PSHE/PD

As a starting point for discussion between parents and school.

This survey has been developed by the Schools Health Education Unit, Exeter and has been in use now for over 30 years.  Over 3000 schools have used the survey.  The questionnaire is anonymous and confidential and no pupil is identified and we receive only the summary of the data gathered.

 The survey covers a wide range of health behaviours, such as:

Healthy Eating, Exercise, Drugs, Tobacco, Alcohol, Leisure and Money, Home and Family, Relationships, Emotional Health and Well-being, Sexual Health

We are aiming to provide well-structured PSHE education which has been found to be the best way to ensure all young people develop the skills and attributes to navigate risks they face today and in the future. This puts our Personal Development education at the front line of efforts to keep children safe both online and offline.

 Leigh Ott
Curriculum Leader
Personal Development and Guidance