Health Promoting Schools
The Health Promoting Schools (HPS) initiative was developed by the World Health Organisation (WHO), and was established in New Zealand in 1997. HPS is a process – rather than a programme – that works through a whole-school community approach, and is both comprehensive and holistic. Research tells us that a whole-school approach that is multi-factorial and sustained over time will have benefits for the school community.
“Health Promoting Schools are schools which display, in everything they say and do, support and commitment to enhancing the emotional, social, physical and moral wellbeing of their school community.” (World Health Organisation).
The HPS Strategic Framework supports school communities to:
- start with their own vision;
- identify and address their specific health needs and priorities; and
- take actions that use their strengths and build capability.
The framework empowers school communities to develop and apply their own solutions in partnership with health, education and social services. This process is monitored and reviewed to inform ongoing and future actions.
The inquiry-based approach is outcomes-focused and sustainable as it builds on what schools already do and integrates the actions and outcomes into schools’ planning and reporting processes.
Upcoming Christchurch Staff Wellbeing Workshop
You are invited to this workshop with Ian Vickers (Deputy Principal at Sancta Maria School in Auckland). Come along to learn, explore and discuss:
- how much of a difference does teacher wellbeing make in a school? and
- practical ideas for designing and implementing a staff wellbeing programme in your school.
Date and Time: Wednesday 28th February 2018, from 9 to 11.30am.
Location: Christchurch Bridge Club (21 Nova Place, Christchurch Central).
Registrations for this workshop must be received by Wednesday 21st February 2018.
Contact the Health Promoting Schools Team at your local office for further information:
Ph: +64 3 364 1777
Ph: +64 3 307 6902
Ph: +64 3 687 2600
Ph: +64 3 768 1160
Issue 57 – Term 1 2018
Healthy Changes at Chisnallwood Intermediate
Chisnallwood Intermediate decided to embark on changes that reflected a growing emphasis on student wellbeing and its relationship to student achievement. Their school canteen was a starting point in addressing the relationship between healthy food intake and improved learning and behaviour outcomes for their akonga (students).
A canteen review was undertaken. It included surveying the staff and students to find out their ideas around the canteen. The findings indicated there was strong staff support for a change in the foods available. Students still wanted their fair share of ‘junk’ but they also wanted more substantial lunch food that was filling.
Water-only Schools Toolkit
This toolkit has been developed for schools to use as a quick and easy guide to how to become water-only.
The toolkit contains information and resources to support your school along the way.
Healthy Events and Fundraisers: A Guide for School and Community Organisers
This booklet is designed to help you, your school and your community, create a food and drink environment that encourages making the healthy choice the easy choice.
The guide provides sample food and nutrition policies for events and schools as well as ideas for healthy prizes, kai, products to sell and activities to do.