‘Our children are continually active.’
UNICEF defines a child’s well-being by measuring their health & safety, their material security, their education and socialisation and their sense of being loved, valued and included in their families and the societies in which they are born.
Pembroke House therefore recognises the fundamental importance it plays in supporting the well-being of every child in their care. Prioritising their wellness, ensures good mental health, their ability to learn effectively, overcome day -to day challenges and gives them positive self-esteem, which in turn, helps them achieve what they want out of life.
Below are five key ways that the school effectively promotes well-being;
- Physical Exercise – our children are continually active. With a climate and campus that enables them to play outdoors all year round, they are always on the go. Throughout the week, the children participate in an endless list of games, sports matches, swimming classes, horse-riding, mountain biking, climbing, balancing on the slack line or simply running off to their next class.
- Good Nutrition – all of our food is made from scratch onsite using an abundance of fresh ingredients. We have a dedicated kitchen team who serve a varied menu, ensuring a balanced daily diet using chemical-free local produce. We grow our own herb garden and have also recently begun baking our own bread using unprocessed stone ground flour.
- Dedicated Tutor - small class sizes and a teaching ratio of 6:1 ensures that every child matters. Once the children reach Y5, whilst still having a Form Taker, they are also assigned a Tutor who takes responsibility for supporting them not only academically but also pastorally throughout their time at Pembroke House. The Tutees sit down for a scheduled weekly catch up but they also know that their Tutor is are always on hand to offer advice, guidance and a listening ear at any time.
- PSHEE Lessons – Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education forms part of the curriculum. Taught by the Designated Safeguarding Lead and Housemistress, the children discuss age appropriate topics such as ‘Being Me in My World’ or how to build healthy, positive relationships.
- Relaxation – to counter balance all of their physical activity and busy days, it’s equally vital that the children get downtime in which to relax and unwind. The doors to the school library are always open to allow the children to find a cosy corner and a good book, if they are in the mood for some quiet time during breaks. And, rather uniquely, every child in the school, whether a boarder or not, is allocated their own bed within the dormitory. And, every child after lunch is expected to go and rest on their bed for a thirty-minute afternoon nap. Now doesn’t that sound like a well-being initiative that we could all benefit from!