Well Being and Involvement Team
A Welcome from the Well-Being and Involvement Team at Willesborough Junior School.
We are, Andrea Cooper (AHT), Ree Ockenden (Behaviour Support Practitioner) , Pat Briggs (Play Therapist and Mentor), Sam Kendall (Family Liaison Officer) and Julie Greenwood (SENDCO).
Willesborough Junior School works with children and their families to:
- Recognise the uniqueness of the individual child and family
- Nurture the wellbeing of children and their families, promoting independence and individuality
- Raise the self-esteem of children and families so that they can develop positive attitudes, a strong self-image, value for others and uphold strong moral values.
- The wellbeing and inclusion team is committed to the common good of the child/family and community to respect and recognise the individual need and respond appropriately.
Determination, Aspiration, Leadership, Respect and Responsibility
Family Liaison Officer (FLO) - AKA Parent Support Advisor
Sam works every day during the school week (Monday-Friday) from 8:00am until 4pm and is available to offer you help, advice and support. This may be related to school or other aspects of family life. He has lots of contacts in the Ashford area and is here to help you access provision.
You will usually find him outside on the school sites, every morning at 8:40am, if you would like to catch him for a quick chat or arrange an appointment for later on in the week. Sometimes a listening ear is all that is needed, and he is there if you would like to have a chat.
Throughout the year, Sam works with the school team to create many opportunities for parents to come in and get more involved in school life. If you want to contact him, you can always leave a message at the main office or phone or text him on 07851 087678.
Ree Ockenden - Behaviour Support Practitioner
Hello my name is Mrs Ockenden!
My role in school is to support the children’s emotional wellbeing. The children know they are welcome to come to my office if they are feeling upset, angry or if they are worried about something and want to talk about it or to just sit quietly for a short while.
I also support school staff by offering advice and strategies to promote positive behaviour in the class should this be needed. My office is equipped with a huge blackboard wall, paints, plasticine, magnets and other child friendly resources.
Out of school I enjoy doodling, writing poetry and spending time with family.
Pat Briggs - Play Therapist
Pat is our school Play Therapist who works closely with the rest of the wellbeing and inclusion team to assess the best way forward for those children with emotional needs that are impacting on their wellbeing/friendships/learning. Pat offers specialist treatment for children who are unsettled due to trauma, bereavement, low self-esteem, divorce/separation, illness etc. Pat also works with the parent to help them better understand and manage symptoms if appropriate. Therapy is a powerful self-learning experience and can impact hugely on a child's sense of self and wellbeing.
Our Zumba workshop was really well attended this term by families and children from across both WIS and WJS. Children and parents were engaged, working together to keep fit and be happy! This workshop was to support and give parents the opportunity to be involved in their children’s physical and emotional wellbeing and an opportunity for children to share what they have learnt in curriculum enrichment.
Our mosaic workshop held in November, saw nearly 100 adults and children making their own creations. Happy faces all round as parents spent quality time with their children being creative.
To celebrate Chinese new year, parents and children enjoyed coming together to learn and perform different Chinese dances after school. Lots of fun was had by all.
Milk Bottle Workshop
Over thirty families attended our mystery milk bottle wellbeing workshop! Everyone arrived with a milk bottle, unaware of what they would become...
Mrs Ockenden showed everyone how to transform them into mini elephants. Families enjoyed spending quality time together getting crafty.