Well-Being Working Group

Coordinator: Sara DAGOSTINI
Contact: wellbeing@uccleparents.org

Sara DAGOSTINI

The Well-being of Children and Adolescents Working Group explores, proposes and develops initiatives to ensure pupils’ well-being at school, focusing on aspects of school life that are beyond the purely pedagogical: the emotional balance of adolescents inside and outside the classroom, the development of healthy relationship with peers and adults, and indirectly the quality and safety of the physical environment. Recently the groups has started focusing also on the mental health of the pupils. The group actively works to address the challenges faced by today's children, parents and teachers.

General Scope of Activity: The target audience of our work is the pupils, but we also work through teachers and parents. The main channels are:

  • Ateliers for pupils and interventions in class
  • Parent and pupil lunchtime conferences

Current initiatives include:

  • EVRAS (Éducation à la vie relationnelle, affective et sexuelle): prevention programme under implementation in Secondary
  • Substance abuse prevention (Secondary): policy and prevention programme under development
  • Digital risks: policy and prevention programme to be developed
  • Mindfulness: prevention programme to be explored for Secondary
  • Values: prevention programme under implementation in Secondary
  • Several conferences: digital risks, mental health (for students, parents and educators)
  • Child protection and smart phone policies: as part of school-level working groups

New initiatives to be explored, mainly for Secondary:

  • Communication for students (assertive communication), for parents and teachers (emphatic communication)
  • Conflict management
  • Cyberbullying
  • Food and nutrition. Understanding the impact of sugar
  • Health and sleep

Participation and Working Methods: The group accepts committed Board Members and parents interested in identifying good quality speakers, initiating projects, and providing logistical support for events. The Well-Being Group encourages participation from all language sections to help broaden and enrich the programmes and approaches.

The group is divided into small subgroups per topic, with one or few members assigned to each project. Communication is primarily by email or phone but we also organise two or three general meetings every year to discuss, brainstorm and agree on new initiatives; separate meetings may also be organised for individual projects or initiatives. Members of the group may take meetings with the school management, educational advisors, teachers or the student committee (CdE) to forward our objectives. We also give non-binding opinions on projects submitted for APEEE funding within the scope of our work. The group reports to the APEEE Board on the progress of its activities and presents formal position papers on issues of high importance.

If you are interested in one or more of these activities, please contact our Secretariat at: info@uccleparents.org

Mandate of the APEEE's Well-Being Working Group (January 2023)

See related issues and positions: Child Protection Policy, Drugs and Addictions and Mobile Phone Policy

Outlook for 2022-2023

The focus for this school year is to implement and consolidate the well-being framework in Secondary and trying to replicate the exercise (defining a Well Being framework) in Primary. Early September 2022 during a fruitful meeting between Secondary school management and WB group, the proposed WB framework was discussed and activities agreed. The framework defines a tailor made WB activity for each level based on the challenges faced by pupils at that age. The implementation has started and is progressing smoothly. In Secondary, EVRAS was kicked off, the prevention and substance abuse programme will continue with the same format,i.e with an external association as trainer. An emotional intelligence project was kicked off in autumn for early secondary. Ateliers about mental health and screen addictions are planned to kick off this school year, as continuation of the successful VALUE programme. The idea to extend the KIVA programme for Secondary was abandoned. In Primary, the emotional intelligence project will be replaced by the EVRAS. A series of conferences targeting parents are planned to raise awareness about mental health for teenagers.

Useful documents

“HIGH FIVE” - A helpful guide for students during distance learning (May 2021) -
Primary students | S1-S3 students | S4-S7 students
“HIGH FIVE” - A helpful guide for parents to support students during distance learning (May 2021) - Primary parents | S1-S3 parents | S4-S7 parents
APEEE Internet Safety Tips (December 2023)