Five SCDSB schools achieve Healthy Schools status

Health and wellness in schools has been a priority of the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) for many years. From outdoor education to nutrition, health is a major component of daily school activities and learning. Students and staff are making a big impact in their school communities with their participation in Green Teams, mental health initiatives and more.

This past spring, five of our elementary schools were recognized for their efforts and given Healthy Schools certification as part of Ophea’s Healthy Schools Certification program:

  • Brechin PS, Gold
  • Alliston Union PS, Silver
  • Goodfellow PS, Silver
  • Wyevale Central PS, Silver
  • Clearview Meadows ES, Bronze

The program involves an extensive amount of planning and implementation towards a six-step process, including assessing school community needs, identifying a priority health topic, developing an action plan and monitoring progress.

These five schools were dedicated to improving health and wellness, and focused on the following initiatives:

Brechin PS

  • Student Mental Health Team created a new, safe space called the Peace Place for students to enjoy and de-stress

Alliston Union PS  

  • Positive quotes shared during morning announcements
  • Pom Pom Pals: students created pals out of pom poms to share with classmates that are feeling down
  • Family Movie Night: families invited to watch ‘Inside Out’ and participate in button-making activities

Goodfellow PS

  • Build a Better Me Day: students participated in a day dedicated to mindful activities and learning about mental health
  • Mind Up Day: students rotated around stations to practice Mind Up strategies and learned how these can benefit their mental health
  • The Big Crunch: learning about nutrition positively impacting mental health in partnership with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

Wyevale Central PS

  • Extensive participation in the SCDSB’s Pedometer Project
  • Student leaders facilitated sports, games and more for the school community each day
  • Incorporated DPA (daily physical activity) in all school activities and events

Clearview Meadows ES 

  • Mindful Mondays: meditation in the library facilitated by Grade 8 students
  • Brain Gym, Free the Numb Bumb and GoNoodle activities for Grades 1-4
  • Calming music and videos on the main foyer TV
  • Class sets of yoga mats available for use
  • Grade 4-8 students participated in the Can You Feel It stress management program delivered by Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

Congratulations to all of our Healthy Schools on a job well done!

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