Sapphire Changemaker Champions

Since May, the pupils of Greenfields have been working to improve the wellbeing of pupils, parents and the wider community as part of achieving their third Changemaker Student Award, in association with the University of Northampton.

As a school, we have already achieved two Changemaker Student Awards - the Ruby award for improving the safety of the roads surrounding the school, and the Emerald award for setting up the bank. The third and final award is the Sapphire award and the team chose the theme of Wellbeing for this award. 

Throughout the five weeks of the project, the children and their parents engaged in a variety of different methods with an aim to have a lasting impact on their wellbeing. 

Each of the 5 sessions began with the children and their parents doing a mindfulness breathing activity to calm themselves and focus their mind. This was then followed by an activity such as baking, exercise, lettering art, colouring and forest school.

A highlight of the project was having a visit from the meditation specialist from the University of Northampton, Chetak. Chetak came to teach the children and parents involved in the project five different types of mindfulness which are: mindful breathing, mindful walking, a full body scan, mindful colouring, and having loving and kind thoughts. Children and parents had many positive comments about this session. One mum commented “I felt focussed - I never usually have time to stop and focus and have time out”. 9 year old Kayda commented “I felt relaxed and it stopped all of the worries that were going round my head.”

To ensure that this project did not only impact the children and families of Greenfields, the Changemaker Team decided to visit Four Seasons Day Centre in Kettering to expand the project to the wider community. You can read more about this here: http://www.greenfields-pri.co.uk/news/wellbeing-wider-community

After the teams extremely hard work, the nine Changemaker Team children, ranging from age 7 to 11, visited the University of Northampton on Wednesday 4 July, along with their teachers and parents, and were presented with the Sapphire Changemaker Award. The ‘Sapphire’ award was presented by Chetak Nangare who the children had previously met, and Chetak was assisted by some four legged friends from the Pets as Therapy Dogs scheme as he gave out the awards.

Greenfields Primary School is the second ever school in Northamptonshire to receive the Sapphire Changemaker Student Award which we are extremely proud of.