The Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes (WNHSS) was launched in 1999 with the aim of developing local healthy school schemes within a national framework. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognises the WNHSS as playing a key role in promoting the health of children and young people, and the scheme has been rolled out across Wales since 2000.
The WNHSS describes a health promoting school as one which ‘actively promotes, protects and embeds the physical, mental and social health and well being of its community through positive action’. This can be achieved through policy, strategic planning, staff development, curriculum, ethos, physical environment and community relations.
Within the scheme, there are seven different health topics that schools need to address. These include:
- Food and Fitness
- Mental and Emotional Health and Well Being
- Personal Development and Relationships
- Substance Use and Misuse
So far our school has achieved the following accreditations:
- Food and Fitness
- Mental Health and Emotional Health
- Personal Development
We have several things to promote these areas. Here are just a few examples:
Food and fitness – Well-being week – inviting organisations in such as, the Caia Park Health Team, to talk about the Eatwell plate. School attends County sports festivals, e.g. football competitions, Athletics at Queensway.
Mental Health – School have a range of nurture programmes that are ran (Further info here) and also a cluster T.A who works with children, for example by supporting the building of confidence and independence.
Personal Development – School ensures pupils are given the opportunity during well-being week to learn correct vocab etc.. For the human body, this is built upon from the previous Year.
Environment- School has a variety of clubs, football, citizenship, games club etc. All classes use Hwb in the curriculum.
Hygiene – School attend Healthy schools meetings and training e.g. infection control, up to date SRE sessions. Promoted during health week.
At the end of each accreditation the school get assessed then attended a celebration ceremony at the Catrin Finch Centre in Glydwr University.