Welcome to our pupil wellness page!
Hello there! I'm Mrs Haynes and I am the school ELSA here at St John's. Unfortunately I can't create you a magical snowman or a beautiful ice palace. Believe me, I am disappointed too! ELSA stands for Emotional Literacy Support Assistant.
Emotional - feelings
Literacy - how we understand and communicate
Support Assistant - helping and guiding.
This means that I work with children in our school to help them understand their feelings, what makes them feel angry, sad, worried, happy etc and what they can do to try and manage those feelings when they get too big. We also work on self esteem, friendship skills etc. In school I am based in Key Stage 2 in the old computer suite which we have nicknamed The Ranch. Most ELSA sessions take place in The Ranch, which is a quiet space with lots of resources. We do sometimes work in other spaces or go outside. Sessions can be either one to one or small groups depending on what the child/children needs. If you feel your child would benefit from support with their feelings and emotions, please arrange to speak to your child's class teacher in the first instance. This can be done via the school office. The class team with then work with myself to arrange the most suitable support for your child.
Now that we are back in school I will be coming to see many of you, just to check in and see how you are doing. I will still be putting information, ideas and activities on this page to help you to keep smiling, keep calm and learn to look after your own emotional wellbeing. There are some resources for grown ups to look at and lots of things for the children to look at too. If there is anything you need help with that you can't see on here just email me at the address below and I will try and find it for you. You can also use the email if you want to show me any activities you have been doing.
It is lovely to see you back in school, it hasn't been the same without you.
Take care, stay safe, stay well.
Mrs Haynes x