Kennedy Park NS flying the flag for healthy eating
KENNEDY PARK school has become the latest school in the country to be presented with the Healthy Ireland ‘Health Promoting Schools’ Flag’ and the Active Flag.
‘We delighted to see the children’s hard work being rewarded and that they have developed and maintained good lifestyle habits through the process of achieving these flags,’ said teacher Nicola Gregg.
The Healthy Ireland Health Promoting Schools(HPS) Flag, which was raised last Friday, is presented by the HSE to schools as an acknowledgement of their work in improving the health of their school communities.
The HPS supports schools to focus on health and wellbeing and involves all members of the school community. Students, staff, parents and guardians are consulted to identify priority health areas.
In each school, a HPS coordinator and HPS team lead out on the progression of health and wellbeing and this work is supported by the school principal, board of management and wider school community.
In Kennedy Park school some of the many health initiatives chosen to take on board in order to progress as a Health Promoting School include: to increase activity and sports throughout the school, become more mindful and promote happiness through both mental health and physical health, introducing meditation, yoga and a variety of new sports and acticites including dance, martial arts, gymnastics and tennis.
Claire Molloy, Parents Council; Alice Nolan Molloy, Cllr Jim Moore, Nicola Gregg, teacher; Rory Gilbert, Trish Tynan, principal; Niamh Carty, Sylvia Wickham, teacher; Billy Walker and Nuala Harpur, senior health promotions officer.