This year St. Brendan’s N.S. Rathcoole celebrates 10 years as a Health Promoting School.
Over the last decade, the pupils, parents, staff and Board of Management have been working together to improve the nutrition, physical and mental health of the whole school community.
At a recent event to mark the anniversary, the consistent ‘positive vibe’ at St. Brendan’s was praised by HSE representative Ber Browne.
Seven pupils spoke on behalf of the Health Promotion Committee:
Lily mentioned their Sugary Drink investigation, Seán spoke about the Healthy Food policy, Ellen described the school’s Friendship Focus and Grace recalled the Fun Food Fridays where they make lots of healthy recipes in the school kitchen – most recently Pumpkin Soup from their own garden.
Tomás and Adam told all about the PE programme, which this year included Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Camogie, Dance, Football, Hurling, Playground Games and Swimming.
Ryan outlined the school’s long-standing commitment to the environment – mentioning the Green Schools Team, along with the garden, playing fields and flower boxes.
Other team members Jenny and Heather were busy representing the school at a GAA blitz, and Louis was praised for his excellent blog reports which share the news from St. Brendan’s with the world!
HPS Co-ordinator Maureen O’Brien thanked the Parents’ Association for supporting the school’s music, swimming and athletics programmes; planting and maintaining the school garden; organising an annual sponsored walk; purchasing sports equipment; providing Badminton coaching on wet winter lunchtimes, and working ‘behind the scenes’ to provide healthy food at school events.
She also praised the Pupils (especially the HPS team members) who have been very involved in the process – making and baking, taking class lunchbox surveys and giving a very successful ‘How Much Sugar in Your Drink?’ presentation.
Ber Browne acknowledged the contribution of Principal Susan O’Connor and the whole staff in incorporating health promotion throughout the school. She congratulated the school on their wonderful achievement, and said the HPS message would continue to benefit pupils long into their adult lives.
All at St. Brendan’s N.S. Rathcoole are delighted to celebrate a decade of Health Promotion, and look forward to many happy, healthy years ahead!