The school provides pupils with highly effective learning opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge needed to make healthy life style choices and consider the impact of their life style choices and behaviours on their present and future mental and physical health and wellbeing.
The School is a member of the Healthy Schools Network and has achieved Phase Four. Healthy school Action Plans are an integral part of the school’s development. The whole school Food and Fitness policy and procedures in place promote healthy living and pupils’ emotional and physical wellbeing to enhance the ‘Healthy school’ ethos. There are many opportunities to promote healthy eating and drinking across the curriculum and through extra- curricular activities.
A Healthy School Breakfast Club is well established and has proved to be highly successful. In addition, pupils are encouraged to use a fruit tuck shop, run by pupils, at morning break or bring their own fruit snack. The school now benefits from a kitchen diner facility on site and all pupils have access to healthy school meals provided by Cardiff Catering Services. Pupils are provided with a free water bottle on entry and have free access to water during the school day.
Through a structured Personal and Social Education programme, ‘The All Wales School Liaison Core Programme’ delivered by the Police Liaison officer, the school provides all pupils with effective support and regular teaching on a range of healthy living, wellbeing and safety issues including online safety. The school has established a Substance Misuse policy and the associated toolkit is implemented effectively across the school beginning with a Healthy School Week in the summer term.
Pupils participate in age appropriate sex and relationship education (SRE). The SRE toolbox has been used highly effectively to support pupils’ development and understanding. The school has liaised with parents who have had the opportunity to view the materials and ask relevant questions at an information evening led by the Healthy Schools Coordinator.
The school offers many opportunities for pupils to take on responsibilities and play a full part in the school and wider community. The school provides all pupils, including those with additional learning needs, with a range of opportunities to become active citizens and make decisions about the life and work in school.
Ethical Informed Citizens of Wales and the World
Pupils are given a range of opportunities to become active citizens. In all classes, pupils are given opportunities to be monitors. Older pupils take responsibilities as house captains and vice captains. All pupils have the opportunities to be nominated as Digital Leaders or members of the pupil voice groups School Watch Action Group, School Nutrition Action Group, the Eco Committee or Criw Gymraeg. Pupils discuss and contribute to decision making in the school through pupil voice groups. They regularly lead assemblies to raise awareness of relevant issues such as Anti bullying and Children in Need. They are actively encouraged to show initiative in organising school improvement projects such as the recent improvements to outdoor learning, or improvements in catering facilities. They are actively involved in organising charity events such as after school cake sales, Bryn Deri has Talent, Cardiff Foodbank Harvest Collection, The Christmas Child Shoe Box Appeal to name but a few.
The school regularly contributes to the local community and this is a key strength of the school – it is a school at the heart of the community despite our geographical position. Pupils benefit greatly from the opportunities that the school offers to participate in local community events such as Remembrance Sunday, World War 1 commemoration events, Lighting of the Christmas Tree and the Radyr & Morganstown May Festival. Intergenerational projects are encouraged, such as Knit and Natter at Radyr Library, the Harvest Tea in Christ Church Radyr, and Keep Wales Tidy events. In return, members of the local community volunteer to support pupils in Welsh, Literacy, numeracy, Maypole Dance and Magistrate Workshops. The school shares the local community designated charity each year. This provides pupils with a sound understanding of their culture, the local community and the wider world.