St Paul’s Primary School in Paisley has thrown its support behind a new film that delves into the effect that stressful childhood experiences can have on health and behaviour in later life.
The school recently held Renfrewshire’s first school community viewing of the film ‘Resilience’, a one-hour documentary that highlights the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
Depute Head Teacher Anne Louise Nicholson said the school had been thrilled by the support shown by the diverse range of support services and organisations that attended the screening.
“It was important to have a wide section of the school community attending the viewing because awareness of ACEs leads to early support being made available to our children,” Ms Nicholson said.
“As the film says, what is predictable is preventable.
“We were delighted to have representatives from the school, pupils’ families, social work, health, community police, Children’s Panel, Educational Psychology and the local clergy attend.
“Local community groups – Families First, the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Young Carers, Homelink Service and Barnardos – all came along to host information stalls and lend their support.
“The discussion after the film brought up some fantastic suggestions of how we can all work together to help buffer the impact of ACEs.”
On 14th November, the Renfrewshire Educational Psychology Service premiered ‘Resilience’ to staff from all Renfrewshire schools and pre-5 establishments at Johnstone Town Hall.
Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Policy Board, Councillor Jim Paterson said the film had provoked important discussions about the vital role that schools can play in helping pupils to overcome the impact of ACEs.
“After seeing the film, many schools expressed an interest in hosting their own school community screening,” Councillor Paterson said.
“I congratulate St Paul’s for holding the first community screening and hope their success will encourage other schools to hold similar events.
“Ultimately I would like to see this film shown at all schools in Scotland to help make us an ACEs-aware nation.”
‘Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope’ was made by James Redford and produced by KPJR films.