January Feature Healthy School: Clark Boulevard Public School
We are excited to have 327 registered Healthy Schools, representing 50 school boards across the province for Ophea’s Healthy Schools Certification 2017/18 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 who have been active on Twitter using #HSCertES; bringing you their success stories, challenges and ideas to support you in making your school a healthier school. Clark Boulevard PS is our January Feature Healthy School. Their Healthy Schools team got together to share their experience with Healthy Schools Certification so far. Check out what the team had to say!
1. Has your school identified a priority health topic? What inspired you to choose this topic?
The health topic our school has identified is healthy eating. We did surveys with each class and most of the students agreed on the topic of healthy eating. To introduce this topic to the school we showed them a video of creating fruit ornaments during an assembly.
2. How does your school team encourage students and staff to make healthy choices?
Our Healthy Schools Committee encourages staff and students to make healthy choices like playing intramural sports, offering a breakfast club, and 12 days of Fitmas DPA. We have a breakfast club so we can get students to eat healthy in the morning. Our community helpers serve toast, apples or oranges, and cheese. We also hold the school-wide “Great Gulp” and the “Great Big Crunch.” In the Great Big Crunch we crunch on an apple, in the Great Gulp we take a gulp of water!!!
3. How has your school team motivated your school community to be healthy?
We make use of our Skate Library, which includes a backpack with skates and a helmet. Members of our team help distribute these bags to students who take them home over the weekend to enjoy skating at Brampton public rinks. All grade 4 and 5 students attended learn-to-skate sessions during November and December at our local rink. Last year, we hosted a Family Fitness Night to showcase many ways families could be active together.
4. Tell us about a success, no matter how big or small, that your Healthy Schools Team has had this year.
We have made a how-to-make fruit ornaments video that Ophea noticed and we are feeling very accomplished because Ophea is a big part of healthy eating and other activity programs. Two of our students helped the principal write a grant proposal for funding for a refillable water bottle station. We have created a plan to educate our community about the health benefits of water. Community members will use it, as will students and staff at Clark. We presented this information to our parents at the School Council meeting.
5. How have students been engaged as leaders within your school community as a result of Healthy Schools Certification?
We organized games as the intramural leaders for the school. We also had meetings to decide on the games. We chose open gym for playing games like tag and basketball, and ran tournaments in European handball and Circulation Volleyball.
We hold monthly meetings to plan for Healthy Schools events at Clark. We speak at assemblies and during parent School Council meetings. Now that we finalized our priority topic as Healthy Eating, next week we will be planning for events specifically around Nutrition Month in March.
6. Does your Healthy Schools Team have any upcoming events or activities that they’re excited about?
We are excited to plan for Nutrition Month in March. We will be introducing the BrainBlitz DPA resource to our classroom teachers, and planning events to connect with our community through Family of Schools events. Also, the Play Your Part program is coming to Clark in March, we can’t wait to be trained as Junior Leaders!
Written by students of the Healthy Schools Committee.
Clark Boulevard P.S.
PDSB, Brampton ON