May Feature Healthy School: North Easthope 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!
Since January, we have been 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. North Easthope Public School is our May Feature Healthy School. We caught up with their team to learn about their experiences with Healthy Schools Certification.
1. What is your Healthy Schools priority health topic? What inspired you to choose this topic?
Our North Easthope Healthy Schools Team selected Physical Activity as our priority health topic this year. We thought it was really important to use student input to select what we should focus on. We created a survey that all students, school staff and even some parents completed. We created the survey questions, executed the survey, and then analysed the data collected. The results of our Healthy Schools survey is what led us to choose Physical Activity as our priority health topic.
2. How does your school team encourage students and staff to make healthy choices?
Our team participated in a leadership training workshop at school. We learned how to be good leaders and how to help organize games at recess, in gym class, and even in the classroom. We have encouraged students to participate in physical activity at recess, helped plan an outdoor winter activity day and a Jump Rope for Heart event. We also have a great bulletin board, where our team encourages the school to stay active. We are also hoping to use the garden we planted to encourage healthy eating at North Easthope.
3. How has your school team motivated your school community to be healthy?
North Easthope Healthy Schools team helped to organize a Jump Rope for Heart Event. Our entire school participated in the event. There were different stations that each group went to. We also got the whole community involved by talking about heart health and asking them to support Heart and Stroke Foundation. We wrote and completed announcements encouraging participation and increased heart health awareness in our school. In addition, our Healthy Schools skippng demo was a really fun way to kick off our Jump Rope for Heart assembly!
4. Tell us about a success, no matter how big or small, that your Healthy Schools Team has had this year.
We have had many successes this year, but our biggest success was getting the entire school together for two activity days. Everyone participated in the events we planned and it was great to see everyone having fun while being active!
5. How have students been engaged as leaders within your school community as a result of Healthy Schools Certification?
Our team has become a group of really good leaders. The workshop we had on leadership was really helpful. We find ourselves teaching other students not only how to play games or complete activities, but how to be good leaders too! Our Healthy Schools Team made announcements, as well as lead teams and events during our activity days. We also took the lead when planning, planting and caring for our garden.
6. Does your Healthy Schools Team have any upcoming events or activities that they’re excited about?
We are really looking forward to seeing how our garden grows. We have a bed where we planted lettuce, with the hope that we will have enough lettuce to have a school wide salad bar! We are also looking forward to the celebration of all our hard work. Our Healthy Schools Team is taking a trip to a local greenhouse, testing some new playground games, and enjoying a pita lunch to wrap up our great and active school year!
North Easthope Public School
Find them on Twitter @NorthEasthopePS