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April Feature Healthy School: St. Aidan Catholic Elementary School

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 12:39

We are excited to have 278 registered Healthy Schools, representing 51 school boards across the province for Ophea’s Healthy Schools Certification 2016/17 school year! You can find out if schools from your board have registered by viewing the Registered Schools List

Every month, until June, we’ll be sharing the experiences of select registered Healthy Schools, bringing you their success stories, challenges and ideas to support you in making your school a healthier school. 

1. What has your school team identified as your priority health topic for this school year? What inspired you to choose this topic?

Our school team has chosen healthy eating as our priority health topic for this school year. Our students inspired us to choose this topic. They showed a great interest in learning about healthy foods and especially the desire to be included in the preparation of healthy meals. They wanted to have hands-on learning experiences while learning how they could prepare the healthiest lunches and snacks possible.

2. How does your school team encourage students and staff to make healthy choices?

Our healthy school team encourages students and staff to make healthy choices by demonstrating how fun and easy it is! For example, our team has learned how to make healthy snacks and lunches by taking part in Food Preparation Day. In turn, the team is then able to bring their knowledge back to the classroom. Our team has also showcased healthy eating and healthy beverage choices by promoting water and apples during The Great Gulp and Big Crunch assemblies.

3. How has your school team motivated your school community to be healthy, safe, and inclusive?

Our school team motivates our community to be healthy, safe and inclusive through our most recent parent engagement evening. In conjunction with our Catholic School Council, we coordinated a healthy eating portion of the evening that provides families the opportunity to learn, prepare and take home healthy snacks and lunches. Other information sessions include an online safety presentation and physical activity session held in the gym.

4. Do you have any upcoming Healthy Schools events or links you would like to share?

Our upcoming Taste the Rainbow Challenge takes place in May and June. We will be challenging students to bring in a rainbow of coloured fruits and vegetables as part of their snacks and lunches. We have included bento boxes as prizes to motivate students to continue to bring and eat fruits and vegetables even after the event is finished. We will also be holding a Watermelon Wedge Selfie Station at the year-end Play Day to provide students with a healthy refreshing snack instead of our traditional freezies.

Deanne Sousa

St. Aidan Catholic Elementary School - Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board

Twitter: @StAidan_CES

Looking to make your school a healthier place? Check out the  HS Certification guidebook

To see what healthy schools are up to follow #HSCertES on Twitter, and don’t forget to check back next month for our May Feature Healthy School!