“The true measure of a nation’s standing is how well it attends to its children – their health and safety, their material security, their sense of being loved, valued, and included in the families and societies into which they are born.” UNICEF 2007 Report Card
A health promoting school
- Promotes the health and well-being of students.
- Enhances the learning outcomes of students.
- Upholds social justice and equity concepts.
- Provides a safe and supportive environment.
- Involves student participation and empowerment.
- Links health and education issues and systems.
- Addresses the health and well-being issues of all school staff.
- Collaborates with parents and the local community.
- Integrates health into the school’s ongoing activities, curriculum and assessment standards.
- Sets realistic goals built on accurate data and sound scientific evidence.
- Seeks continuous improvement through ongoing monitoring and evaluation.
(Source: Achieving Health Promoting Schools: Guidelines for Promoting Health in Schools)
Schools in SD43 are part of the Network for Performance Based Schools - Healthy Schools Network - a voluntary organization of public, independent, and band schools established in 2006 to address a variety of academic, social and emotional concerns of students through a comprehensive school health approach. Assessment tool: BC Performance Standards for Healthy Living.
Schools which have been in the Healthy School Network one or more years include: Mary Hill, Eagle Ridge, Seaview, Hillcrest, Monty, Scott Creek, Citadel, Ranch Park, Heritgae Mountain, Rochester and Summit. New schools joining the network will be announced in September 2010.
All SD43 schools are registered "Action Schools" with ActionSchools BC.
Health Education in Schools - curriculum includes:
Physical Education IRP K-7, Physical Education IRP 8-10, Physical Education IRP 11 & 12, Health and Career Education IRP K-7, Health and Career Education IRP 8 & 9, Planning 10,
DPA - Program Guide for Daily Physical Activity: Kindergarten to Grade 12