We are a health promoting School and were awarded with our Health Promoting Schools’ flag in 2013.
In a Health Promoting School (H.P.S.), health is defined in its broadest sense and refers to social, emotional, mental, spiritual, cognitive and physical health. Scoil Chlochair Mhuire recognises that these dimensions of health are interconnected and are influenced by the school environment.
Scoil Chlochair Mhuire aims to:
- Foster the healthy development of the whole school community;
- Provide a framework for developing health promotion initiatives in a way that supports and enhances the implementation of the curriculum;
- Support the planning, implementation and evaluation of health-related activities under the school development planning process;
- Enhance the links between schools and their communities.
Four Key Elements of a Health Promoting School
Environment (Physical and Social) : The school environment has both physical and social aspects. The school fosters positive, healthy relationships among pupils, staff and visitors to the school. It encourages individuals to make a vital contribution through their personal skills and qualities. Our physical environment in enhanced by our flower garden to the front of the school and the playground, field, vegetable and sensory garden to the rear. Inside notice boards and wall displays communicate and show pupils’ work.
Curriculum and Learning : In a H.P.S, health is recognised as an essential element of the formal and informal curriculum. The effective implementation of Social, Personal and Health Education (S.P.H.E.) is important to the development of our H.P.S. The quality of teaching and learning and the relationships fostered within the classroom play a key role in contributing to the health and well-being of our school community. In our school, opportunities to promote health are sought, not just in S.P.H.E., but throughout the curriculum. For example, physical activity in PE (Physical Education), rights and responsibilities in S.E.S.E. (Social, Environmental and Scientific Education).
Policy and Planning : We also have policies and planning policies which support our H.P.S. These policies have been developed in consultation with representatives from the whole school community. These health-related policies are developed and implemented in accordance with the school aims, philosophy, vision and ethos.
Policies supporting the HPS include:
- Wholeschool Food Policy
- Physical activity policy
- Code of behaviour
- RSE policy
- Anti-bullying policy
- Child Protection and Critical Incidents
- Health and Safety policy
Partnerships : The school has strong partnerships with parents/guardians, the local community – Carrigtwohill Ladies Football club, Carrigtwohill Camogie Club, Faith Friends with St. Aloysius’ College, Carrigtwohill Community Council, Carrigtwohill Tidy Towns, Carrigtwohill Resource Centre, the wider community – Sciath na Scol, Cork Schools’ Sports, and outside agencies H.S.E., Túsla, An Taisce, Múintir na Tíre.