Congratulations Kirkby C of E Primary School
On behalf of Knowsley 5 Boroughs NHS Foundation Trust’s “Schools 4 Health Programme” I am delighted to inform you that Kirkby C of E Primary School has been successful in reaching the Gold Award level for the Schools 4 Health Programme.
Since signing up to the programme in 2014 Kirkby C of E Primary have embraced the health and wellbeing approach promoted by the Schools 4 Health team and have been involved in a number of successful interventions.
Kirkby C of E Primary School are the fifth Knowsley Primary school to achieve Gold Schools for health award status, which shows your school “have demonstrated on-
Victoria Cheung and other members of the schools 4 health team have worked closely with your school and have reported back that the response we have received from both staff and the key links has been outstanding. You have been keen to get involved in many of the projects we have delivered and are now sustaining many of these initiatives with little or no support. We have delivered a 5 week Junior Chefs course in which the children learnt to cook healthy recipes from raw ingredients, such as fruit kebabs, tuna pita pockets, salmon pate, oriental chicken wraps, special fried rice and fruit sundaes. The children also learnt key health messages as well as knife skills, and the importance of hand washing. Staff and parents from Kirkby C of E attended a Junior Chefs Facilitator training day and a Level 2 Food Hygiene Course both delivered and funded by the Schools 4 Health team. Healthy cookery and family cookery is now being rolled out to pupils and parents as a sustainable after school activity delivered by school staff and parents. Healthy eating workshops have also been delivered by community partners such as “Tesco” where the children learn about the importance of eating a healthy balanced diet and had the opportunity to try different foods as part of a taste test.
There is also now an impressive growing project taking place in school run by school staff and volunteers with the emphasis on educating children about where food comes alongside planning to use the fruit and vegetables grown in family cookery sessions in the future, therefore giving children the opportunity to cook with fresh, seasonal produce grown on school site.
Kirkby C of E offers a wide range of physical activity opportunities to pupils both during and after school including utilising Health Champions to act as positive peer mentors in delivering sustainable and ongoing playground / buddying scheme for younger children.
Staff signed up to take part in the Boroughwide “Rise and Shine Big Dance” Event which will encourage children to take part in high energy activity to get active everyday in school. The launch of this event in 2016 coincided with National School Sports week, the aim was for as many Knowsley primary schools to take part in a mass participation dance event with media coverage raising the profile of Knowsley Primary Schools locally as well as nationally.
There is a culture of “walking” promoted as part of school life which is fantastic, children will often walk to Kirkby leisure centre as to attend swimming lessons or to the local library and lessons are often planned and delivered outside of the classroom with activity incorporated at every opportunity throughout the school day. Celebrating and promoting national campaigns such as “Walk to school week” or “cycle to school week” and more local campaigns such as “Slow down for bobby” is an integral part of school life and children are encouraged to walk or cycle to school every day.
These are just a few examples of the hard work that has been put into making Kirkby C of E primary school a more health promoting school. School staff have been enthusiastic and have worked hard to evidence all of the work into the Schools 4 Health folder. The folder of evidence is so impressive we have showed it to other schools as a model of good practice. Kirkby C of E’s passion, hard work and commitment have successfully created a healthy, happy whole school community and we look forward to this work continuing beyond the lifespan of the “Schools 4 Health” project.
If you would like any further information please contact me on the number above.