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Health Promoting Schools

Our school is currently participating in a new initiative called Health Promoting Schools. We encourage everyone to look after all aspects of their health; physical, mental and emotional. This initative encompasses our entire school community; pupils, parents and staff.

We recently built a PolyTunnel in our school, which has been a fantastic resource for us. We have grown our own fruit and veg in school such as carrots, strawberries, tomatoes and lettuce, which has promoted healthy eating. If anyone in the community has green fingers and think they would like to help us, please contact us. We need all the help we can get!!
To coincide with this, we have also given a healty eating booklet to each family to help us all stay healthy.

We launched our Health Promoting Schools Initiative in September 2012 with a fun filled activity day for our pupils.

On 24th April 2015 we raised our Health Promoting Schools Flag, and as we were the first school in the South East to do this, we even made front page healines in the local newspaper! We celebrated this great achievemnet with Zumba Dancing classes, Flag raising, healthy treats for pupils and parents and a disco in the hall. We had a fantastic day and would like to thank everyone who helped to make it all happen.

We have a healthy eating policy in our school. Pupils are allowed to bring in one treat to eat as part of their lunch on Fridays. Every other day of the week the children must eat healthy, wholesome lunches.

Fresh Today
is a local business which delivers fresh, healthy and locally produced lunches to our children each day. All children recieve these lunches through Deis funding, provided by the Department of Education.

Switch Off, Get Active
Each year in the first term, the pupils complete the Switch Off, Get Active challenge. Everyone is encouraged to switch off the t.v and computer games in the evenings and get outside and get active. All classes work very hard to achieve the total target of 6000 hours of activity.  

Step Challenge

Each year after the indulgences of Christmas, the staff get involved in a step challenge. Some years they compete in teams against each other, and last year for the first time they competed against the 6th class pupils. Everyone involved recieved a pedometer which tracked steps taken each day.

 
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