Category Archives: Healthy School

News and information about our steps towards becoming a healthier school.

Change for Life

Y Pant Achieves Phase 2 of the Healthy Schools Award

 Wales Network of Healthy Schools Y Pant School has achieved phase 2 of the Healthy Schools Award and will receive a Healthy Schools Plaque from the Welsh Assembly Government Public Health 

Change for LifeThe Healthy Schools Scheme is a partnership between Health and Education that adopts a holistic approach to health promotion in a school setting.  This academic year the Healthy Schools focus has been on the PSE provision at Y Pant.

Three areas of action were identified:-

To audit the current PSE provision at Y Pant School

A working party comprised of both staff and pupils at Y Pant has been established and regular discussions are being held during student council meetings to identify where in the curriculum health promotion is being taught.  Areas of strength and areas that could be further developed were identified within the current PSE provision.

To update the current PSE provision by developing new resources for use in Key Stages 3 and 4Health Challenge Wales

New resources have been developed for each year group on a vast range of health promotion modules.  Workbooks, Power Points, music and videos have all been used to support delivery and learning.

To plan a series of outside providers to deliver part of the PSE provision

A series of outside providers has been organised and included on a PSE yearly planner to offer their expertise on a number of health promotion modules. The School Nurse and the School Police Officer take regular sessions with pupils in order to support delivery and learning along with other outside agencies such as TEDS and the theatre company ‘IS IT?’.  Members of staff have attended training and pupils are encouraged to evaluate lessons at the end of each PSE topic.

New targets will be set in the new academic year for Phase 3 of the Healthy Schools Scheme in order to continue to improve the social, physical and mental well being of the community at Y Pant.

For more information about Healthy Schools at Y Pant please see Mrs L. Mortimer.

Rhondda Cynon Taff Healthy Schools

Y Pant Healthy Schools Award, Phase 2

The Healthy School’s Scheme is a partnership between Health and Education that adopts a holistic approach to health promotion in a school setting.

Last July Y Pant successfully achieved Phase 1 of the ‘Healthy School’s Award’ on behalf of the Welsh Assembly.  This academic year we hope to achieve Phase 2 of the award where the focus has been on the PSE provision at Y Pant.  Three areas of action were identified for this academic year:-

Wales Network of Healthy SchoolsTo audit the current PSE provision at Y Pant School

A working party comprised of both staff and pupils at Y Pant has been established and regular discussions are being held during student council meetings to identify where in the curriculum health promotion is being taught.  Areas of strength and areas that could be further developed were identified within the current PSE provision.

To update the current PSE provision by developing new resources for use in Key Stages 3 and 4

Public HealthNew resources have been developed for each year group on a vast range of health promotion modules.  Workbooks, PowerPoints, music and videos have all been used to support delivery and learning.

To plan a series of outside providers to deliver part of the PSE provision

Rhondda Cynon Taff Healthy SchoolsA series of outside providers has been organised and included on a PSE yearly planner to offer their expertise on a number of health promotion modules. The School Nurse and the School Police Officer take regular sessions with pupils in order to support delivery and learning along with other outside agencies such as TEDS and the theatre company ‘IS IT?’.  Members of staff have attended training and pupils are encouraged to evaluate lessons at the end of each PSE topic.

New targets will be set in the new academic year for Phase 3 of the Healthy Schools Scheme in order to continue to improve the social, physical and mental well being of the community at Y Pant.

For further information about Healthy Schools at Y Pant, please see Mrs L Mortimer.

All Wales Cooking Competition

All Wales Youth Cooking Event

Four year 10 pupils came runners up in an All Wales Youth Cooking Event held in Newton, Powys on Sunday 10th April 2011.  Amy Ellis, Ellie Havard, Sean Chick and Dominic Hindle won the regional heats, competing against other schools and youth organisations, to represent RCTCBC (and Y Pant School) in this annual youth event.   They competed against eight other Counties and were commended by the judges for their presentation, healthy menu choice and excellent team work.  All four are looking forward to competing next year and bringing the winning trophy home for RCT.

All Wales Cooking Competition
(L-R) Sean Chick, Amy Ellis, Ellie Havard and Dominic Hindle
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School Council Minutes 12th October

SchoolCouncilWelcome & Attendance

Present:

Mrs B Cheetham (Assistant Headteacher)

Mrs Caroline Wool (School Community Development Officer)

Mr A. Gowman (School Burser)

Mr Richard Eynon (E3+ Co-ordinator)

Year 13: Tom Grother, Harriett Costello

Year 12: Rhiannon Falshaw-Skelly

Year 11: Helen Needs, Matthew Ingram, Ben Hopkins

Year 10: Alysha Kettley, Aaron Parsons

Year 9: Sophie Gibbons, Leah Eyre, Alex Hickman, Callum Wareham

Year 8: Toni Russell

Year 7: Lauren Billet, Ioan Davies

BC welcomed everyone to the meeting and introduced all new members.

Minutes from last meeting

No minutes from last meeting were discussed.  CW explained the role of the council and future committee skills training.  CW to arrange training.

BC explained the need for the council to set objectives for the year which identifies ways to move the school forward.

All representatives need to meet with class reps, HOY and speak during year assemblies to give feedback from meeting and establish agenda items for next meeting.

E3+

RE explained the success of the E3+ project over the last 3 years and highlighting the decrease in participation from KS4 onwards.  This could be as a result of academic workload or outside school commitments.  RE explained that the new funding criteria for the project, stipulates that we need to increase participation of KS 4 and 5.

RE requires a pilot group to look at the future planning needs of yr10+.  All council members from yr10+ to be part of this pilot group with 3 representatives form yr9.  Each member to nominate an additional 3 reps from yr 10-13.

PSE

As part of the school action plan, one of the targets is to look at how PSE is delivered and how it can be improved.

Mr Duggan, together with Mrs Cheetham, is developing a new structure for the delivery of PSE with yr 9+ receiving a qualification at the end of KS4.

A working group needs to be established to identify what should be included and how it can be delivered to have a more effective impact on students.

Members discussed the need for professionals to come and deliver such sessions as drug and alcohol, posters advertising services available within the school and the wider community, need for easier and more confidential access to services, and for sessions to be more hard hitting in its approach.

Agenda for next meeting.

Healthy Schools

The healthy school initiative is being led by Mrs Mortimer and last academic year the school achieved the first leaf of 6 needed to complete project and achieve healthy school status.

The council have been instrumental in developing the canteen healthy food menu, meeting the catering manger, Karen Morris to give student feedback on quality, cost etc of food being sold.  As from this Monday, a cashless system has been introduced.  The school will now be able to monitor what is being sold and parents will be able to request reports detailing pupil’s menu choices.

CW to arrange for Karen Morris to attend the next meeting.

Eco Schools

Previously it was suggested that the school council would become automatic members of the eco schools committee.  This is now not the case.  As from September, Mr Swallow, the newly appointed geography teacher, will be establishing an environment club which will feed into the eco schools committee.

Budget

Council has a £500 budget.  Members to look at options for spending the budget and feedback at next meeting.

Health & Safety

Council members can highlight health & safety issues in between meeting to the main office.  Issues highlighted at this meeting:-

  • Drainage problems throughout school.
  • Stair access to language block gets very slippery in wet weather.
  • Mats at the entrance of new block have disintegrated, AG to look at purchasing new mats for both of these areas.
  • Need to restrict access to the school during break and lunch time.  Agenda this for next meeting.

Any Other Business

AG distributed booklets for the proposed shelter areas from the new block and at the memorial bed adjacent to the lesser hall.  Council members to give feedback on preferred option.

School discipline to be placed on the agenda for the next meeting.

Members highlighted that visitors to the school do not where the school is.  Need to make signage more visible, proposed that this could be a project via the e3+ programme.

Date of Next Meeting

Thursday 18th November 2010 @ 9.30am in room 27.

Change for Life

Y Pant Achieves Phase 1 Healthy Schools Award!

Y Pant School has achieved phase 1 of the Healthy Schools Award and will receive a Healthy Schools Plaque from the Welsh Assembly Government

Change for LifeThe Healthy Schools Scheme is a partnership between Health and Education that adopts a holistic approach to health promotion in a school setting.

This academic year Y Pant identified three Action Areas

To improve relationships between younger and older pupils in Y Pant

Year 12 pupils trained as counsellors to work with younger pupils.  Every week year 12 “Buddy’s” go into year 7 forms and act as mentors to year 7 pupils you need more support – academically and socially.

To improve pupil understanding of health and fitness

New treadmills and rowing machines have been installed in school, pupils have termly fitness tests, strong links have been established with the school 5×60 and E3+ programmes.

To improve pupil understanding of diet and nutrition

Posters and electronic displays of healthy eating messages around school and especially in the two canteens.  The home economics department have also been instrumental in assisting with this.

Several targets were set in order to achieve these areas and all targets were successfully met.

New targets will be set for the new academic year in order to continue to improve the social, physical and mental well being of the community at Y Pant.

For more information about Healthy Schools at Y Pant please see Mrs L Mortimer.

Wales Network of Healthy SchoolsHealth Challenge WalesPublic Health