A Healthy Schools celebration event, which took place earlier this month, praised the success of 12 local schools which have all worked hard to improve the health and wellbeing of their school communities in the last year.
Schools were presented with a Healthy Schools certificate in recognition of their hard work and achievements.
The North Somerset Healthy Schools Network is a is a free health and wellbeing programme for primary schools in North Somerset. It helps schools address the emotional and physical health of children and young people.
In response to the pandemic, much of the activity in the past year has been supporting the mental health of children by increasing their confidence, resilience and self-esteem.
Cllr Mike Bell, North Somerset Council’s Deputy leader and Executive Member for Public Health, said: “Congratulations to all the schools who have been recognised for their hard work in improving the health and wellbeing of their communities.
“I know the schools have worked hard to increase engagement with families and provide better opportunities for physical activity - both of which had been adversely affected by covid-19.
“We’re committed to making North Somerset a fairer, healthier place to live so it’s really fantastic to learn about work some schools are doing to improve the food that’s eaten in schools, provide more healthy cookery opportunities, grow their own food or increase water uptake. I’d really encourage more local primary schools to get involved with the North Somerset Healthy Schools Networks”
Cllr Catherine Gibbons, Executive member for Children’s Services and Lifelong Learning, added: “The last couple of years have been incredibly challenging for so many, including our children and young people, so it’s wonderful to see these North Somerset schools working to improve both mental and physical health.
“Addressing the emotional and physical wellbeing of children and young people is vital if they’re to be happy, healthy and able to achieve their full potential.
“We want North Somerset to be a place where all children and young people have the best possible life and opportunities, including those who are vulnerable, disadvantaged and have special educational or additional needs, so I’m particularly pleased that two of our local special schools are part of the North Somerset Healthy Schools Network.”
The schools which received a certificate in recognition of their achievements are:
- All Saints East Clevedon Church of England Primary
- Baytree School
- Churchill Church of England Primary
- Court De Wyck Church of England Primary
- Milton Park Primary
- St Anne’s Church Academy
- Trinity Anglican Methodist Primary
- Walliscote Primary
- Westhaven School
- Yatton Infant
- Yatton Junior
- Yeo Moor Primary
More information about the North Somerset Healthy Schools Network is available on the new Better Health North Somerset website at https://www.betterhealthns.co.uk/practitioners/healthy-schools-network/.
The photograph shows from left to right Sarah Howard, from Yatton Infant and Yatton Junior Schools; Emma Grist from Walliscote Primary School; Shaun Cheeseman, Health Improvement Specialist for North Somerset Council; Sara Lewis from Baytree School; Beth Manning from St Anne's Primary School.