The Healthy Ireland-Health Promoting Schools'(HPS) Flag' is presented by the HSE to schools as an acknowledgement of their work in improving the health of their school communities. The Healthy Ireland-Health Promoting Schools programme supports schools to focus on health and wellbeing and involves all members of the school community. Students, staff, parents and guardians are consulted to identify priority health areas.
Over a period of around 2 school years schools develop an action plan to address the health areas identified. Schools are guided to address their priority area under the following evidence based categories: environment (social and physical) curriculum, policies and partnerships. Schools work, at their own pace, supported by the HSE Health Promotion & Improvement Dept. In each school, a Healthy Ireland-Health Promoting Schools coordinator and Healthy Ireland-Health Promoting Schools team lead out on the progression of health and wellbeing and this work is supported by the school principal, board of management and wider school community.
A Health Promoting School is “as a school that is constantly strengthening its capacity as a healthy setting for living, learning and working” (World Health Organisation)
European research has shown many benefits of this type of whole school approach to health. Chief among these benefits are increased self-esteem, safer and cleaner school environments, lowered incidences of bullying, a positive approach to health issues, increased parent involvement and better student/teacher relationships to name a few.
On Thursday, May 25, 2017, after two years of hard work and generous sponsorship, the Health Promoting School Team has been awarded the Health Promoting Schools' Flag. St. Michael's College is the first school in Dublin and Mid Leinster to receive the flag this year and we are the first school ever to be awarded a Health Promoting School from Blackrock Education Centre (out of a total of 77 Post-primary schools).
Congratulations to all of the teachers, parents and students involved in Positive Mental Health Week, Health and Sports Week, the STMC 5km Blue run, the current Healthy Eating initiative and other related activities.
Positive Thoughts Board
Blue Run 2016
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