The HeadStart Mascot Competition Judging and Celebration Event

To mark Mental Health Awareness Month, the HeadStart Schools Team have been running a competition for pupils in HeadStart primary schools to design a new mascot to be used to brand HeadStart activities for primary-age children. Pupils had to design a mascot, and explain how their design reflects the aims of HeadStart in improving the emotional well-being and resilience of young people.

The competition received over 130 entries, and yesterday we brought together children from some of the schools that had participated to a celebration and judging event at one of our HeadStart secondary schools, Moreton Community School.

Pupils from the following schools were able to attend:

  • Bushbury Hill Primary
  • Bantock Primary
  • Trinity CE Primary
  • SS Mary and St. John's Catholic Primary Academy
  • Bilston CE Primary

During the day, the children participated in a wide range of interactive activities, including drama, role-play, and team building games. Activities were led by Dave Hill from Sumo, and members of the wonderful HeadStart Schools Team. We were also pleased to be joined by Felicity from The Big Lottery Fund, and Councillor Claire Darke.

Great feedback!

Great feedback!

During the day, the children also met with the competition judges, to whom they had to explain their design, and how it met the brief of reflecting what HeadStart is all about.

Following a very difficult judging process, our judges - Kevin Pace (Head of Service, HeadStart), Gavin Hawkins (Head of the Learning Technologies Team), Howard Jobber (Public Health) and Tess Radcliffe (Wolverhampton Art Gallery) - chose Maruta's entry from Trinity CE Primary School. Maruta explained eloquently that her entry, called Resifibi, is the perfect mascot because she:

  • Is a hiker, who has stumbled many times trying to get to the top of the mountain.
  • She never, ever gives up. She is very resilient!
  • She learns from her mistakes
Resifibi - the winning entry!

Resifibi - the winning entry!

The day was a great success, with some wonderful feedback from the young people and teachers who attended.

Many thanks to everyone who participated in the competition with us!

Some of the other fantastic entries


HYPE Team mark Stand Up To Bullying Day with young people from Moreton Community School

Wednesday 21st June was Stand up to Bullying Day, and to mark HeadStart's support for the day, Sam Gregory and Hansa Clay from the HeadStart Young Person Engagement Team (HYPE), worked with a group of HeadStarters at Moreton Community School to design posters that explored the effects of bullying, and what individuals, schools and families can do to improve the situation.

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Research shows that bullying can have long-lasting and devastating effects.

Your support can help shape attitudes and behaviours early on, ensuring no one should have to suffer the devastating effects of bullying, at any point in their life.

We hope you join us in any way you can and #StandUpToBullying

Here are their designs:

Thanks to the young people of Moreton for sharing their feelings and ideas with the HYPE Team. 

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The HeadStart 2017 Summer Programme is Coming Soon

HeadStart is pleased to announce that the HeadStart Summer Programme, which has been co-designed by community organisations working alongside our HeadStart Community Coordinators, has now been agreed for each of the four target geographic areas in the city:

  • Low Hill, Scotlands and Bushbury South
  • Heath Town, Park Village, Eastfield, Springfield and Old Heath
  • Bilston East
  • All Saints, Blakenhall, Parkfields and Ettingshall

The summer programme will be unique to each area to reflect the expertise of local partner organisations and differences in local demographics.

Most activities will begin as soon as the school summer term ends in the city during the week commencing 24th July, with activities being based around three themes:

  • Place to Go: activities for young people in their locality, including drama and performance, outdoor activities and sport, and activities for young people with disabilities. Where appropriate, these activities will make full use of local green spaces.
  • HeadStart Newshounds: digital, journalism, and media activities for young people, capturing the experiences and challenges of young people and families living in their area, and sharing these to influence decision-making and future programme development.
  • Work with Parents: for example, media and IT skills for parents, community garden, grow cook and learn.

A full programme, and details of how young people can get involved, will be posted online soon. Details will also be available from our four Community Development Coordinators. Watch this space!


HeadStart Mascot Competition winners to be announced

May was Mental Health Awareness month and the HeadStart Schools team wanted to promote positive mental health and emotional well-being in a fun, inspiring and engaging way. 

They invited HeadStart Primary School pupils to design their very own HeadStart Resilience Mascot, to show what resilience looks like to them. The aim was to design a character mascot that gave positive encouragement to peers across the city. Nine schools participated, and 133 entries have been narrowed down to 10 entries per school across EYFS, KS1 and KS2. All entries were outstanding and have captured the hearts of all the staff at HeadStart! The imaginations of our young people in Wolverhampton is amazing and we are so lucky to have so much talent across the city.

A judging and awards ceremony will be held on Thursday 22nd June at Moreton School  to celebrate the young pupil’s efforts, dedication and achievements. Good luck to everyone who submitted an entry!

Holy Trinity Catholic Primary showcase emotional well-being and resilience programmes for The Big Lottery Fund

The wonderful staff and pupils of Holy Trinity Catholic Primary School have been active partners and collaborators in the development of HeadStart over the last three years, both in the pilot phase, and in the development of our new phase 3 schools programme.

A range of well-being programmes and approaches have been embedded into the ethos and curriculum of the school, including ideas based on SUMO (Stop, Understand, Move On), THRIVE, and mindfulness. These changes have made a real difference to the lives of the young people in the school, and have been led by the Headteacher, Mrs. McNally, and by Ms. Evans, whose job title is 'Mental Health and Well-being Leader'.

On Thursday 1st June, Ellie De Decker and Felicity Bennett from The Big Lottery Fund visited the school for a showcase of the approaches that have made such a difference to the children and staff in the school.

Ellie and Felicity met a group of young people from the school (the children were giving up a day from their half-term holiday!) and discussed with them how the school helps them to understand their own feelings and supports them to help their peers when challenging circumstances arise at home or in school.

Ms Evans also showed Ellie and Felicity how the school makes use of practical activities - in this case using Lego Build to Express kits - to stimulate discussion and sharing between children about their feelings.

Following the visit to Holy Trinity, Ellie and Felicity met with a group of HeadStart Ambassadors, aged 16-25 and discussed with them their involvement in HeadStart. HeadStart Ambassadors are 'older' young people, who work alongside HeadStart staff to promote the aims of HeadStart in their younger counterparts.

Many thanks to the staff and children of Holy Trinity for welcoming us to their school during their holiday week, to our HeadStart Ambassadors, and to Ellie and Felicity for coming up to Wolverhampton to learn more about the aims and progress of the HeadStart schools and young person engagements programmes.