Health Promoting Schools: Ngā Kura Tairanga Hauora
Health Promoting Schools (HPS) is an approach that supports school communities to create and sustain environments that improve and maintain their hauora (health and wellbeing).
Achieving Health Promoting Schools: Guidelines for Promoting Health in Schools captures international HPS principles and practices. This guide summarises success factors and actions for promoting health in schools, and six essential elements are highlighted:
- Healthy school policies;
- Physical environment;
- Social environment;
- Individual health skills and competencies;
- Community links; and
- Health services.
Research tells us schools should take a sustained strategic multi-faceted whole-school approach for better and more equitable health and education outcomes. This includes engaging students, staff, school leaders and whānau collaboratively in leading change.
Any school can use and adapt health promoting principles and practices to their context. There are many Aotearoa NZ specific frameworks, models and resources that have been developed to support this.
The HPS facilitators at Community and Public Health offer their knowledge, skills, time and connections with health and community services to schools (mostly decile 1 to 4). They work in a flexible partnership to develop health and wellbeing approaches to improve the hauora of the school’s community. Schools can use appreciative inquiry to identify what priorities are important to their community; such as:
- Mental wellbeing;
- Physical Activity;
- Whānau engagement;
- Sun safety;
- Staff wellbeing; and
The inquiry-based approach used by the HPS Team is focussed on outcomes and building on what schools already do – by integrating health and wellbeing objectives and actions into school planning and reporting processes.
The staff at Community and Public Health support all schools by offering professional development opportunities for teachers, and facilitating Primary School Health and Wellbeing Leadership Forums.
Ngā Kaupapa Here: School Alcohol Policies
A comprehensive school alcohol policy means everyone is clear about the use of alcohol on your premises or at school events, and how to respond to alcohol-related incidents.
This new guide offers all kura/ schools clear information for developing an alcohol policy. It includes reasons to develop a policy, the steps to take, consultation questions, topics to cover, legislation, and where to get support.
Documents and Links
Health Promoting Schools
Mental Wellbeing and Pastoral Care
Diseases and Immunisation
Becoming a Healthy School
Contact the Health Promoting Schools Team at your local office for further information:
Ph: +64 3 364 1777
Ph: +64 3 307 6902
SOUTH CANTERBURY (WAVE)
Ph: +64 3 687 2600
Ph: +64 3 768 1160
Issue 64 – Term 4 2019
There’s something in the water…
Okains Bay School faces a health challenge that most kura don’t have to consider: the water that comes out of their taps can’t be trusted as safe to drink, and can make the students sick if they do drink it. This is because the township sources its water from a river which is susceptible to pollution in various ways.
The students have been learning a lot this year about water and its connections with how we live our lives. The school was visited recently by two scientists who helped them examine what kinds of nasties might be living in their tap water.
Additional Health Support for Schools
Public Health Nursing Service (Canterbury DHB)
School-based Mental Health Service (Canterbury DHB)
Ph: +64 3 335 4611
Mana Ake – Stronger for Tomorrow (Canterbury Clinical Network)
Projects and initiatives supported by the HPS Team
Primary School Health and Wellbeing Leadership Forums are opportunities for student health teams to come together with health and community agencies. The aim is for students to share, plan and get support for the work they are doing to promote hauora in their schools.
Healthy Ōpāwaho is a collaborative project with the vision of empowering young people to lead community action to help create a healthy Ōpāwaho/Heathcote river.