A healthy school promotes the health and well-being of its students, staff and community through a well-planned, taught curriculum in a physical and emotional environment that promotes learning and healthy lifestyle choices. Initially schools should achieve National Healthy Schools Status (NHSS) through focussing on four criteria areas:
Personal, social and health education;
Emotional health and well-being.
St Joseph’s gained Healthy Schools Status in October 2008. Since then, Healthy Schools has become much more integrated into the functioning and productivity of the school. Our new school meals provision focused on providing a healthy yet appetising menu and other areas have been incorporated into the curriculum and tutorials with PSHEE. We are currently working towards the criteria for Enhanced Healthy Schools Status. We have a designated Co-ordinator of PSHEE in school who also manages our Healthy Schools framework and citizenship curriculum.