What is a Health Promoting School?
“A Health Promoting School (HPS) is defined by the World Health Organization as “a school that constantly strengthens its capacity as a healthy setting for living, learning and working” (WHO 1998).
In a HPS, health is viewed in its broadest sense and includes the physical, social, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of health.” (Health Promoting Schools, Information for Schools, HSE)
We have a Health Promoting School Committee set up which has representatives from pupils, parents and staff in our school and we are looking forward to working together on this initiative in a whole – school approach to health and well-being.
We are very excited about this new venture in St Oliver’s.
This year, we are very busy developing our Healthy Eating Policy which is being created by staff, pupils and parents, with help from the HSE.