School Spotlight

Four schools receive Ophea’s Healthy Schools Certification

June 21, 2018—Congratulations to four elementary schools, recipients of Ophea’s Healthy Schools Certification.

Some highlights from the 2017-18 school year include the following:

Bayside Public School, Gold

  • Regular activities to promote physical activity: Wildcat Walk & Run, Active Play Days, Jump Rope, Celebration of Dance, Wheelchair Basketball, Hallway Body Break Stations, wellness learning opportunities
  • Student leadership through the Active Recess Leadership Team
  • Various outdoor learning activities in all seasons
  • Creation of the Healthy Kids Bayside Twitter account (@HealthyKidsBPS) to document the school journey

Deseronto Public School, Gold

  • Regular activities to promote physical activity: Dragon Dash and Running Club, Active Play Days  and recess leadership activities
  • Burp it on Challenges: a physical activity challenge created by hardworking and dedicated students in Grade 5/6; Twitter account (@burp_it_on); with international participation and recognized by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and MP Mike Bossio
  • Community partnerships with the Belleville Senators and Napanee Heritage Run

Prince Charles School (Belleville), Gold

  • Implementation of classroom and school-based physical learning activities: cooperative games, dances, wellness learning opportunities, yoga, Friday Fun Runs
  • Involvement in community partnerships with a variety of organizations: City of Belleville (Mayor’s Bike Ride), Canadian Cancer Society, Goodlife Fitness, Public Health, The Belleville Senators

Maynooth Public School, Silver

  • Daily physical activities within the instructional day
  • Leadership from older students to lead active play during recess
  • Various outdoor learning activities in all seasons

Ophea’s Healthy Schools Certification recognizes and celebrates school communities for promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of students, school staff, and the broader community. Being involved is a demonstration of the school commitment to the goals in the HPEDSB strategic plan which include creating welcoming, inclusive, safe and accepting learning environments that optimize students’ potential; and involve students in developing leadership skills.

Participating schools across Ontario completed the 6-Step Healthy Schools Process, which aligns with the Ministry of Education’s Foundations for a Healthy School resource and the Well-Being Strategy for Education.

Ophea is a not-for-profit organization and is led by the vision that all children and youth value and enjoy the lifelong benefits of healthy, active living. Since 1921, Ophea has been working to support the health and learning of children and youth in schools and communities through quality programs and services, partnerships, and advocacy.

Ophea works in partnership with school boards, public health, government, non-government organizations, and private sector organizations to develop groundbreaking programs and services that support healthy, active schools and communities.

For more information, please contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, [email protected]

Last updated: June 21, 2018 at 11:19 am
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