Monthly Archives - November 2019

Wellbeing Award recognises school’s commitment to supporting different emotional and mental health needs.

Painsley Catholic College in Cheadle has received a “Wellbeing Award for Schools” from Optimus Education in development with the National Children’s Bureau.  The award sets out to make the school a place of emotional wellbeing and support by improving mental health provision for all pupils, staff, and parents. Focusing on changing the long-term culture of the whole school, the award used an evidence-based framework to drive change.   This included looking at the mechanisms used to deliver staff and pupil wellbeing, reviewing the staff training and school policies as well as improving opportunities and resources for parents to access. The award took 2 years to complete, during which the school made a real commitment to actively promoting emotional wellbeing and mental health for students, staff, and parents.  This included offering high-quality, ongoing professional development so that staff feel confident responding to pupils’ needs and ensuring systems and external partnerships are in place to support different types of needs. Painsley now has a “Change Team” in place to continue to review and improve further the provision the school offers for emotional wellbeing and mental health. The “Change Team” consists of pupils, staff, and parents. Comments from the Wellbeing Award Reports are as follows: “There is a secure ethos and rationale for the provision of positive mental health at Painsley…… All stakeholders spoke passionately about their experience of the school’s work.  The school’s approach conveys a healthy balance. This is about the work to support positive mental health (preventative) balanced with specific intervention for those who require additional attention…..Given the commitment of all stakeholders and the success of the development, Painsley is well placed to support other schools in respect to mental health and well-being.” Mrs. Rachel Waugh, Principal at Painsley Catholic College commented, “This award has confirmed that mental health and wellbeing has always been and will continue to sit at the heart of our school life.” Photo shows students with Mr Darren Bullock, who leads the Wellbeing project at Painsley.  

Mary’s Meals Founder Visits Painsley Catholic Academy

  Founder and Global Chief Executive of Mary’s Meals, Magnus MacFarlane- Barrow, took time out of his busy schedule last week to visit Painsley Catholic College in Cheadle and Blessed William Howard Catholic High School in Stafford. Both of the schools are members of The Painsley Catholic Academy, along with thirteen local primary schools. All of the schools within the academy are taking part in a campaign that they have called ‘20:20 for Mary’. The campaign aims to motivate each child and staff member to try to raise a target of £20 for the Mary’s Meals charity by February, and another £20 by the end of July during 2020. Painsley Catholic College has raised funds for the charity previously. During the school's 50th anniversary year (2014), the students were asked to choose a charity that they would like to fundraise for and unanimously selected Mary’s Meals. “The concept of Mary’s Meals is so very simple and yet effective, it really appealed to our students,” commented Painsley Catholic College’s Principal, Mrs. Rachel Waugh. “Mary’s Meals is about providing children with a daily meal at a place of education. This really resonated with our students.” During 2014 Painsley raised a staggering £57,000, something which founder, Magnus, described as one of the largest single donations he has received. The 20:20 campaign has already begun with both secondary and primary school children busy running cake sales, fashion shows, raffles, and sponsored sports events. Magnus delivered assemblies to all the high school students and representatives from each of the primary schools to allow them to hear real-life stories about the children this money will be used to help. Magnus has lived in Argyll, Scotland, since the age of nine and began his career as a fish farmer. However, when the Bosnian conflict was making headlines in the early 1990s, Magnus and his brother Fergus were moved to help. He was named one of 2010's ‘Top 10 Heroes’ by broadcaster CNN and received an OBE in the 2011 New Year’s Honours list. Mary’s Meals was founded in 2002 and has grown from its first feeding operation of 200 children in Malawi to a worldwide campaign, providing free school meals in hundreds of schools and feeding more than one and a half million children daily. Mary's Meals is named after Mary, the mother of Jesus, by its founders, who were inspired by their Catholic faith. The combined efforts of both Painsley Catholic College and Blessed William Howard have so far raised just under £10,000 for the 20:20 campaign, with totals from all the primary schools still to be added. “Getting Magnus into both schools on the same day, and enabling our primary school children to also attend was just amazing and we are very grateful to him for making time for this. His stories have really given life to what the project is all about and acted as a fantastic springboard for our next fundraising drive.” commented Mr. Karl Brown, Principal at Blessed William Howard.