The Student Council and Active Flag Committee of Scoil Ghormáin Naofa, Castletown, worked collaboratively to create a Super Healthy Day at the school last Friday. Children arrived in the morning with their helmets and scooters and enjoy fun movement breaks throughout the day and there was great excitement as everyone zoomed around the school yard. The Student Council distributed a range of healthy breakfasts to each classroom and all of the produce was donated by local companies and shops; Salt Rock Dairy from Tara Hill provided delicious creamy milk, Stafford’s Bakery delivered multiple packs of their tasty brown soda bread, while Nutorious Nutrition donated jars of their signature granola.
Some of the healthy snacks came courtesy of the student council itself with its member, Ellen, making granola bars for the children. The children were made aware of the importance of sourcing locally produced food and how it reduces everyone’s carbon footprint. The school also wished to acknowledge Lidl Arklow, Pettitt's Supervalu Gorey and Tesco Arklow for generously supplying healthy low sugar cereals and fruit.
All packaging was recycled, the Salt Rock glass bottles will be reused, and unopened cereal boxes were donated to the local Food Cloud collection. And any leftover cereals were fed to the pupil’s very own hens.
"We are delighted that this sustainability will satisfy the interests of our Green School committee who work hard to improve our practices all year round,” said Principal Emer Russell. “The healthy, happy atmosphere feeds into the work being done by our Amber Ambassadors (for Mental Health).
“As part of our Active Flag, the action continued with pop music on the yard at break-time. We want to encourage our students to move as much as possible and we aim to provide a variety of fun ways in which to do so, thus tapping into the interests of the various students. I would like to commend our staff and students for the collaboration in making the day so memorable.”