South Green Junior School in Billericay held the grand opening of their newly built Thrive Room on Friday May 3.
Hazel Powling, the Chair of Governors cut the ribbon in a special ceremony with pupils, staff and governors of the school.
The school introduced the Thrive Approach in 2016, in order to support children in their emotional and social development.
The aim of Thrive is to help pupils feel happy and secure, relate well to others and be ready and able to learn. This is achieved through an in depth analysis of needs and implementing an action plan that is individually tailored to each child’s needs. Thrive uses positive relationships, play and creative activities to give children key experiences in their development in order for them to flourish. Children work either one to one with a trained Thrive practitioner or in small groups on targeted activities that focus on developing self-esteem and emotional wellbeing, increased confidence and improved mental health. The Thrive Approach also helps children to recognise and regulate their feelings more successfully. Pupils who have received support are very positive about its impact. A year 4 pupil said: “Thrive helps calm people down and it’s fun. I like Thrive because it’s relaxing. I have learnt to show people how I really feel.”
Head teacher, Mrs Liz Benjeddi said: “The Thrive approach has been used at our school for three years, with amazing results and we are now very excited to open a dedicated room onsite that will ensure that we can embed the approach further at the school.” Future plans include South Green becoming a Thrive training centre, offering courses to parents and Thrive support to children in other schools.