Mental Health

Following the success of our Mental Health Awareness Week last year, the Health and Wellbeing (HWB) group (led by DHT Carolyn Anstruther and Parent Council HWB Group leader, Fiona Denvir) are planning another full programme of events for parents, teachers and pupils from 14th May – 18th May 2018.

As a direct request from parents, the week will start off by looking at the importance of sleep. Sleep Scotland will deliver a presentation in the school hall on Monday 14th from 6.30 – 7.30pm followed by a Q and A session of twenty minutes. Sleep Scotland plan to pilot their new programme for primary schools in Sciennes in the forthcoming months and will be offering sessions for parents, pupils and will be providing training for school staff.

Alison Outred’s session last year was so popular that she has kindly agreed to run it again. On Tuesday she will give a talk in the school library on the introverted child, and on Thursday she will be analysing our personalities using the Myer Briggs test. Both sessions will be fairly limited in number, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Paula Gilhooly, Support for Learning teacher, will lead an introductory session on Non-Violent Resistance (NVR). NVR is a parenting framework which can help parents to create connected relationships with their children. NVR was the philosophy used by Ghandi, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King. Professor Haim Omer later developed NVR to be used in family settings. It focuses on changing the way the adult interacts with the child in order to achieve a more connected relationship.  This introductory session will take place in the Support for Learning base on Wednesday 16th May at 6.30pm when Paula will give an overview of the NVR framework. A more indepth six week course will be offered at a later date.

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Depute Headteacher, Carolyn Anstruther, led an extremely well received Emotional and Mental Health Curriculum Evening for parents on Thursday 14th May 2015.

Growth Mindset

Ms Anstruther has been helping P4B to learn all about the brain, its functions and how it affects learning. Tuesday has been ‘Brain Day’ in 4B! Find out more on the P4 Class Page.   Ms Anstruther has been teaching the children some methods to help them remember things better. At the end of every … Continue reading Growth Mindset

Emotions Talk

Emotions Talk had been used in P5 for several years by Support for Learning Specialist Ms Rhona Kennedy very successfully so Depute Headteacher Ms Carolyn Anstruher arranged a CPD session for all staff earlier in 2016 and it has now been adopted throughout the school.


Support for Learning Specialist Ms Paula Gilhooly leads our Nurture Group with Pupil Support Assistant Mrs Helen Anderson.

Seasons for Growth

Support for Learning Specialist Ms Rhona Kennedy leads our Seasons for Growth programme which aims to build the resilience of children who are dealing with significant loss or change.