Health and Wellbeing

Through our programmes of study we aim to create opportunities for our children to experience what it feels like to develop, enjoy and live a healthy lifestyle. This incorporates physical, emotional and social health.

The children follow a comprehensive physical education programme which they are encouraged to participate fully in. There are many opportunities for the children to participate in a wide variety of sporting activities.

Swimming instruction is given to P.6 and Ice Skating and Curling instruction is available to P.7 pupils.

Throughout the year a variety of instructors visit the school to offer the children taster sessions of a variety of sports such as, badminton, rugby and bench-ball.

Pupils from the Upper School are encouraged to participate in various external sporting events and leagues including football, netball, rugby, cross country, bench-ball and indoor athletics.

Our local Active Schools Co-ordinator also offers support in a variety of sporting activities.

Parents should note that when taking part in P.E. health and safety requirements state that jewellery of any kind must not be worn.

Personal and Social Development permeates all aspects of school life. A structured programme of study is used at all stages. This includes units of study covering topics such as relationships, bullying, personal safety, healthy eating and active health.

St.Francis Primary School is a Health Promoting Establishment. Through a structured Health Education Policy, from P1 to P7, we aim to provide the children with the knowledge and skills necessary for them to have the ability to make informed choices, assess elements of risk and consider personal strategies whereby they can choose a healthy lifestyle.

By considering the ethos of this establishment we aim to foster healthy working relationships within the school and with parents, pre-5, secondary schools and the wider community.

Professional staff are invited to talk to the children about their work. There are also routine health checks and dental screening carried out. The school has been involved in an Oral Health Project and this has resulted in primary 1 being involved in daily tooth brushing.

We are an Oral Health Promoting School and as such we have a healthy eating tuck shop and we encourage the children to remember to:

• Keep sugar to meal times.
• Brush teeth and gums every day.
• Visit the dentist every six months.
• Eat plenty of fruit (Government funding is available to provide free fruit to every child in P.1 and P.2 twice per week.)

We aim to create a warm, caring, supportive atmosphere in which each individual (pupil, parent, staff) is valued and which is also seen to be concerned with the well being of the community in general.

St. Francis was awarded the Health Promoting School Accreditation
Certificate in June 2007.

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