Health Promoting Schools

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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).

Students from St Mary’s School at their DIY Subway lunch day.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.



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

Health Promoting Schools Magazine

Issue 56
Hauora Explorer Expo at Greymouth High School

The inaugural Hauora Explorer Expo was held on 7th August 2017 at Greymouth High School. The event featured community organisations that support the wellbeing of our young people.

Students visited the 17 stalls that all promoted ways to enhance the four dimensions of hauora/wellbeing, using Te Whare Tapa Whā model of health. Students completed challenges and activities connected to their hinengaro, tinana, whānau, and wairua (mental and emotional, physical, social and spiritual wellbeing).

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.

Water-only Schools Toolkit

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.

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