From the Ministry of Health’s Website:
Health Promoting Schools (HPS) is an approach where the whole school community works together to address the health and wellbeing of students, staff and their community. Schools include health and wellbeing in their planning and review processes, teaching strategies, curriculum and assessment activities.
Being healthy and being able to learn are closely linked. The HPS inquiry cycle helps school communities to:
- identify and prioritise the health and wellbeing needs that contribute to inequities within the school community
- develop ways of meeting these needs and taking action that builds on the strengths within the school community
- monitor and review the HPS process.
HPS builds bridges between the different groups in a school community: child, whānau/family, education, health and social service organisations. With HPS, all these groups work together to make a difference to the community’s health.
To learn more about the overarching programme, visit their website at: http://hps.tki.org.nz/
What does this look like at O.I.S?
Alongside our Health Team running various initiatives to encourage healthy lifestyles, we also provide the following:
Breakfast Club: Run daily, students can come between 7.30 and 8.30 am and fill their bellies with a hearty feed before getting started with their day’s work.
Fruit in Schools: Apples, pears, plums, grapes! You name it; we probably get it. Each morning tea students are provided with a nourishing snack to keep their brains going.
Although not specifically associated with the Health in Schools programme, we also have a Public Health Nurse on site who checks with our students daily, to ensure that any skin or throat concerns are immediately looked at.