North Somerset Healthy Schools Scheme at St Mark’s Primary.
Every year we participate in the North Somerset Healthy Schools Scheme.
Mrs Davis our Family Adviser is our Healthy Schools Co-ordinator.
The scheme is where schools evaluate how they are promoting and maintain the teaching and encouragement of our school community in leading a healthy lifestyle. This can include a wide range of the curriculum and extra-curricular activities, including:
PE lessons – keeping our bodies physically fit
DT – cookery sessions to promote a healthy balanced diet
Science – learning how our bodies develop
PSHE – learning to manage our emotions and relationships
RE – thinking of the world, ourselves and others, showing gratitude.
School trips – such as LifeSkills, Farm visits, sporting events, Forest School
Clubs – such as sports, cookery club, Mindfulness, Choir
Charity support – being aware of the wider community
As well as maintaining all these areas, the Healthy Schools scheme encourages each school to set up three new initiatives to accomplish during the academic year. These need to have specific targets to meet, with measurable outcomes. In recent years our Healthy School journey has included;
*To decrease the number of Key Stage 2 pupils who show anxiety over coming to school.
*To increase the number of Year 3 children who help prepare and eat a healthy packed lunch.
*To increase the number of KS2 children participating in extra-curricular exercise, in & out of school.
*To increase the number of pupils participating in preparing and cooking healthy food.
*To reduce the number of children having difficulties with friendships by increasing children’s awareness of the school values. Hope, Honesty, Friendship, Forgiveness & Perseverance.
When setting our whole school initiatives, we need to think carefully and show evidence as to why we felt we needed to make improvements in these areas, the main things we did to bring about any changes and how we would sustain the improvements for future years.
At the end of each school year, the North Somerset Coordinator of the Healthy Schools Scheme, Shaun Cheesman, evaluates our evidence before presenting us with our award. St Mark’s Primary School are one of the few to have been awarded the Healthy Schools Plus Award for continued support of this scheme.
A quote from Shaun Cheesman, North Somerset Healthy Schools Co-ordinator.
“Andrea Davis from St Mark’s Primary School has always prioritised the physical and emotional health of the children in the school and is constantly seeking new ways to meet their needs. As well as supporting the health of all children, Andrea works tirelessly to ensure that those who are more vulnerable receive extra care and support, using a range of imaginative approaches. St Mark’s School has been an active and enthusiastic participant in the local Healthy Schools Programme for many years because it strongly believes that healthy, happy children are far more likely to reach their full potential. Andrea has been the driving force behind this.”