Thursday 04 July 2019
During their assembly on the morning of Thursday 4th July, Lady Corder, Deputy Matt Fallaize, President of Education Sport and Culture and Deputy Rhian Tooley, Vice President of Health and Social Care, will present Vale Primary School with their Guernsey Healthy Schools award.
. The school has achieved the award in the past but this is the first time it has achieved the new Guernsey award which has been based on a scheme running successfully in Essex.
The Healthy Schools programme is designed to support and strengthen the schools' PSHCE (Personal, Social and Health Education) curriculum and enable schools to audit their practice and celebrate the good work they are doing to support and develop young people's health and wellbeing. Healthy Schools also supports Guernsey's Children and Young People's Plan and Healthy Weight Strategy. The award includes standards that are required to be met in the following areas:
- Leadership and Management
- Policy Development
- Learning and Teaching (including PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education), emotional health and wellbeing, physical activity and food and nutrition
- Giving children and young people a voice
- Partnerships and support services
Gary Hind, Headteacher, said:
"We have all enjoyed working together to make Vale the healthiest, most vibrant place that it can be. The children have learnt a great deal by working with Education and Health professionals about how we can all take steps to live healthier lives. The children have made decisions through our school council in collaboration with staff and parents and have communicated their findings confidently to them. This has been a rewarding process for us and an integral part of how we, in our Vale community, work together for our children to be as healthy as possible - both now and in the future."
Alun Williams, Education Lead for the Health Improvement Commission, was part of the team that undertook the assessment of the School to receive the Healthy Schools Award commented:
"It was a pleasure to visit the Vale School and to learn about the many ways that staff and pupils are working together to put healthy lifestyles at the core of their school. There were many innovative approaches such as excellent opportunities for enjoying learning outdoors. Schools play an increasingly important role in advocating healthy lifestyles and it is reassuring to see how Vale primary school have embraced that responsibility."