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Healthy Schools

 

At our school we want to help our children stay healthy both physically and mentally as they grow and learn.  In this context, what happens at school every day is really important. We can help children lead a healthy lifestyle directly – to make healthy food choices at lunchtime, to be active at and on the way to school, to help children learn about their health and develop their motivation and self respect to make healthy choices. The benefits go beyond health - we know that when children are healthy and happy at school, they can achieve more. Below you will find further information about healthy food choices, the Golden Mile and how to maintain mental health. 

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The Daily Golden Mile

The Daily Golden Mile is a fully-inclusive, free and simple initiative which improves the physical and mental health of children. It’s a social activity where the children run or jog, at their own pace, for 15 minutes every day and it improves focus in the classroom .

Our children take part in the Daily Golden Mile at school,  you can support this at home, by both encouraging their confidence in running and moving outside with them, out of school hours. Parents often say that The Daily  Golden Mile helps children to eat and sleep better and that often they become young ambassadors for whole family fitness!

Healthy Eating Information and Support

Eating habits are developed during childhood. If encouraged to enjoy healthier food and drink early on, it is more likely that these positive behaviours will remain with children and young people throughout life.

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Healthy Lunch boxes

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Well-being Information and Support

The social and emotional development of children and young people is usually nurtured and developed at school and at 

home. Effective schools and learning communities are characterised by learners who are healthy, well nourished, resilient, ready to learn and supported by their family and community. 

 

Well-being encompasses many things;

  • Emotional well-being - happiness and confidence 
  • Psychological well-being - autonomy, problem solving, resilience  and attentiveness/involvement
  • Social well-being - good relationships with others
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