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Monday 22 July 2019

Bree school is healthy place to be

The HPS student committee with Fr Michael Byrne after raising the HPS flag in Bree National School
The HPS student committee with Fr Michael Byrne after raising the HPS flag in Bree National School

Brendan Keane

St Joseph's National School in Bree has been awarded health promoting status as a result of its commitment to pupil health and wellbeing.

Initiatives in the school were led by Colm Moore, Aisling Carberry, Betty White and the HPS Students committee and as part of the overall process the students were surveyed and their views taken on board.

A spokesperson for the school said: 'Plans were made and actions carried out.'

Among the priorities highlighted were: promotion of mental health and wellbeing for all members of the school community; improving the physical space of the school as much as possible to ensure a clean, welcoming and stimulating environment; developing and using new activities with the children during and after school.

The spokesperson went on to highlight a number of initiatives taken to improve health in the school including: Friday lunchtime discos; cycle safety courses; the DCU Being well; moving well project; sports and fun days; Lego workshops and a visit from the fire brigade.

Last month the school celebrating being awarded a HPS flag with a pupil and staff walk up Bree Hill where they also enjoyed a picnic.

'This was the essence of health promotion,' said the spokesperson.

'A healthy walk outdoors among friends, with nutritious food,' he added.

After the walk the HPS flag was raised in the school grounds.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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