Healthy School Community Award
In September we were awarded the Healthy School Community Award – proudly added to our headed school paper!
Throughout the year Eyam School and the Healthy Heros have been working alongside various health professionals to promote the importance of a healthy mind and body
We have worked with a group of Parents from the Parent’s Forum, Governors and the Healthy Hero team to compile an Action plan for the year. Our Health Action Plan Sept 16 is both detailed and shows our commitment to improving the choices available for our pupils and their families.
There are sections on informing pupils how to lead a healthy life style through eating well, exercising regularly and keeping active; you will see that our Change for Life and Sports Squad training for pupils during the year has all contributed towards this. (please see the Sports pages for updates)
We are leading the eat healthier campaign AND lead sports activities in the playground at lunch time!
Our Mini Leaders also contribute to the Healthy School award.
We organise and lead fitness activities over lunch time, award stickers for good effort as well as encourage all the Infants to take part over the year
We are very lucky to be able to offer Forest School sessions to all our children and hope to continue this.
There is a section on developing resilience and avoiding a range of substance abuse. We have developed our Play Buddy activity through workshops with Health professionals and in the purchase and use of the friendship bench, Peer Buddy sashes and short lunch time games run by the House Captains and the School Council members.
The Nurture Classes have run for 2 terms and will begin again in the Autumn, these have proved very successful. We’ve asked parents to come forward if they think they could run a ‘relax’ session, with music and mindfulness – until this happens staff are trying to ensure there is some ‘down’ time in the week through giving a choice of activities during Golden time on Fridays. The older pupils will have some training in learning to say no to a range of temptations and all the children are involved in regular e-safety sessions – over the Summer we are making Class Charters to reflect what we know and how to take control.
We continue to try and make links with the community and invite local groups, such as Brownies, to share their ethos and invite others to join them. In addition we are embarking on an enterprise initiative over the next 12 months to promote an understanding of enterprise and enable the children to become ‘money wise’.
The health and well-being section includes our on-going Sex and Relationships Curriculum – which was reviewed by the Parent’s Forum last year. In addition our ‘healthy me’ sessions for the oldest children have involved making a healthy snack whilst learning about how to make healthy eating choices and the need to eat as fuel for our developing minds.
We have reviewed the learning environment with the School Council and the Eco team and continue to work with visiting health professionals who carry out a schedule of health checks. Linked in with this is a constant update and renewal of training for all staff, including support staff – safeguarding, e-safety and first aid.
Finally we have a team of pupils who attend Cluster Parliament events and we take part in national events such as Fair trade Fortnight and the Eco Award which has a section on healthy lifestyles.
If you wish to find out more please do not hesitate to come and ask Mrs Gilbertson.