Our Healthy School
The Healthy Schools Scheme is a Welsh Assembly Government Initiative, which aims to actively promote and protect Health.
This includes all aspects of Health: physical, emotional, and mental and social, and the wellbeing of the whole school community.
St David’s actively encourages healthy lifestyles education. We achieve this in many ways and have been awarded both Healthy School Status and the Active Marc.
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Food & Fitness
Sport is a high priority and pupils at St David’s are given the opportunity to use their bodies effectively by encouraging spatial awareness, balance, control and coordination and developing their gross and fine motor skills. Children experience a wide range of sporting and recreational activities within and outside of school hours. As a result, the school is very successful at team events and has won many trophies.
Pupils have been involved in:
Community sports programmes
Residential visits at Storey Arms
Completing SportsWales surveys
External providers also lead sessions with our pupils covering a wide range of physical activity.
Mental & Emotional Health and Wellbeing
Well-being is at the heart of everything that we do in school. Our pupils' well-being is measured through observations of pupils involvement and interaction, regular written and digital questionnaires, logs of behaviour and bullying, monitoring of our "worry box" and discussions as part of circle time during lessons and Nurture classes.
Issues discussed may focus on:
Bereavement, loss and separation
Healthier lunchbox tips
Personal Development & Relationships
The school’s programme for sex education is linked with areas of the National Curriculum and a broad-based social education.
The main emphasis is on relationships and reflects the needs of pupils as they develop over the key stages. Parents may view the school’s policy and discuss teaching materials used.
When pupils reach Year 6, care is taken to match education provided to the maturity of the pupils involved. Parents are informed well in advance before lessons commence so that any concerns may be discussed with the Headteacher and parents are well prepared to respond to any questioning from their children.
External providers such a @AtalyFro and SPECTRUM also lead sessions with our pupils.
The Y6 School Council members are involved in the Governing Body's Health & Safety Audit of the premises.
Through the curriculum and via visits from our community policemen, RNLI, NSPCC, Fire service and trips to Crucial Crew, all other pupils are taught about:
safety in the home
relationships and sex education
Enrichment Committee supporting the Healthy Heroes in their targets. They successfully decorated the Daily Mile Tree, made motivating sayings to support runners and conducted a survey on lunchbox contents and schools lunch choices, considering the five food groups. What a fabulous team they made. Da iawn pawb!
The PSE Framework states that 'In addition to understanding positive health choices, learners should be aware of the potential risks of the use and misuse of legal and illegal substances.'
As part of the curriculum, our pupils learn about the dangers of:
Legal and illegal drugs
External providers such as @SchoolBeat (PCSO Community Police), @SwitchedOnLearn also lead sessions with our pupils.
Help Me Quit is the new name for HHS Wales services for parents wishing to stop smoking. follow the link or call 0800 085 2219
WE ARE A SMOKE FREE SCHOOL
St David's has successfully achieved a third Platinum Flag Eco School award. Our children have developed the skills, knowledge, attitudes and values that help us preserve our planet for the future.
Conducted environmental audits and litter picks
Set up an energy monitoring team
Improved the Conservation-Diversity area for wildlife
Promoted Fair Trade
Grown food in our gardens and are building a recycled plastic bottle greenhouse.
Bring water bottles to school and refill them from the water fountains
Grow and cook fruit and vegetables
Learn about healthy food in the Curriculum
Bring Healthy snacks and Lunchbox to school
Have visits from the dentist and learn about the dangers of sugary drinks and snacks
Are encouraged to choose healthy rewards
In schools, where children are in close and frequent contact with each other, infectious diseases can spread rapidly and interrupt the schooling of affected pupils.
From an early age, we reinforce hand washing, using tissues and covering mouths when coughing or sneezing so that it becomes second nature to children. To further reduce the risk of outbreaks, the school ensures infectious children and staff do not return to school before guidelines dictate.