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What's a Healthy School?

Recently, a group of our student representatives along with teacher, Ms Porat and School Council co-chair, Ms Benzaquen attended our Board's Healthy Schools Workshop. Students learned much about what goes into making a school healthy and creating a positive school climate. We are proud of the initiatives that we are already doing to promote a healthy school at Westminster such as our Fruit Face-off, Random Acts of Kindness, growth mindset and "mindfulness" activities to name a few. 

We will continue to look at other ways we can continue promoting healthy school initiatives at our school. The students who participated in the workshop discussed ways they can bring back the new information to their peers, including making morning announcements, posters, and going class to class to show new stress relieving strategies they learned. Lots of ideas!

"We attended a Healthy Schools workshop on Friday, February 26th. We learned that Healthy Schools is an integrated approach that links all six health strands of the curriculum into creating a positive school climate. There was a workshop where we learned how to take care of our mental health. We talked about all the things that students get stressed about: homework, being late for school, family members fighting, being bullied and left out, too many extra curricular activities, and not being able to get enough sleep. They taught us how to relax by doing "5 up breathing", talking to someone we trust, listening to music, and exercising.

We got to interact at different booths. The Smoke Free booth allowed us to look at and touch a healthy pig lung and a pig lung that had been treated to simulate a smoker's lung.  It was disgusting.  We collected a list of healthy snacks and lunches.  We learned the benefits of turning off our screens and exercising for 60 minutes a day.  We learned about bicycle safety and different ways that we can travel to school. We can walk, bike, skateboard, or run.  We also learned about how important it is to take care of our teeth.

Best of all, we got to share all of the wonderful things that all schools are doing to make schools as healthy as possible."

Written by: Sena, Anushka, Ben, and Alex


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