St John’s School acknowledges that Senior years can be a challenging time for children between the ages of eleven to sixteen. Our curriculum provides opportunities for pupils to discuss topics relevant to their age.
Much work is covered about the engagement/ use of social media and internet safety with guidance given to help pupils navigate their way through the situations that teenagers face today.
Miss Raynard is Head of Pastoral Care for pupils in Upper 3 (Year 7) and Lower 4 (Year 8), Mrs Morgan is Head of Pastoral Care Upper 4 (Year 9) and Miss Hobbs is Head of Pastoral Care for pupils in Lower and Upper 5 (Years 10 and 11). All are active teachers in Modern Foreign Languages, History and Maths and therefore know all of our Senior pupils.
At St John’s we have an open door policy to encourage open communication, feedback and discussion. If you have any worries or concerns about your child’s education, then we believe that it is far better that you come into school and discuss them allowing any issues to be resolved and explained.
Girls on Board
St John’s has signed up to the Girls on Board campaign. It is an approach to help girls, their parents and their teachers to understand the complexities and dynamics of girl friendships. The language, methods and ideas empower girls to solve their own friendship problems and recognises that they are usually the only ones who can. By empowering girls to find their own solutions, parents need worry less, schools can focus more on curriculum and girls learn more effectively – because they are happier.
Boys speak up
At St John’s we follow a programme called ‘Boys speak up’. Boys often experience problems with poor motivation, poor self expression, protecting themselves against loss of dignity and being the odd one out. Boys speak up is a programme that involves sessions getting the boys to express their anger and frustrations, using accurate words to describe their feelings. Boys write down their feelings, which is very different from them talking about them, also in the secure and certain knowledge that as soon as the session time is up they will fold their paper and put it in the shredder, the exercise is genuinely cathartic. The programme looks at auditing the amount of time spent online gaming and changing habits. It also looks at lifestyle changes such as sleep, food and exercise. Boys speak up is an approach; it is not a curriculum entity or an assessable course. St John’s finds that it helps to support the boys as they navigate their way through senior school years.
We all know how important the Internet is to children: they use it to learn, play and socialise. It offers amazing opportunities for children to discover new things but it can also be the place where children could face bullying, contact from strangers or see inappropriate content. St John’s delivers a strong online safety programme to its pupils throughout the academic year and provides many tools and pieces of advice to parents on how to make it safe for their children whilst they are online. Visit our Online Safety Section.
Parenting Smart (Place2Be)
The children’s mental health charity, Place2Be, has launched a new website aimed at helping parents with typical situations they can find themselves in with their children.
Advice can be found on over forty topics including:
- Understanding sibling rivalry
- My child is lying, what does it mean, what should I do?
- My child has trouble going to sleep
- My child says ‘I hate you!’
- Cultural identity: who am I?
The Parenting Smart website can found here: https://parentingsmart.place2be.org.uk/