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Health Promoting Schools – Health and Wellbeing for Learning

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Health Promoting Schools (HPS) works with decile 1-4 schools to support work with schools to support our tamariki/children to learn in a healthy environment that values everyone’s hauora.

Being healthy and being able to learn are closely linked. It is important that schools create a healthy environment to support the strong connection between education and health.

HPS is a process, rather than a programme, that works through the whole school community, connecting with staff, students and whānau. It supports school communities to develop their own solutions in partnership with health, education and social services. Each school is individual and, how HPS looks is unique to the particular needs of a school.
 
HPS aims to:
• Support the whole school community to identify and respond to their health and wellbeing priorities.
• Support schools to identify possible agencies/organisations that could work in partnership to support a schools health and wellbeing priorities as identified by the whole school community. 
• Support teachers and other staff to implement health promotion strategies and activities (e.g. professional development) so they can be integrated into the school curriculum. 
•  Provide school leadership with HPS tools that directly align with EROs evaluation indicators and inquiry cycle to help identify areas for action and document targets and outcomes
• Support for schools to improve the opportunities for physical activity and active play.
 
Other support MidCentral Public Health offers to schools:
• Support to help schools adopt a water only policy. This includes providing our water-only school toolkit.
 
Contact: 06 350 9110 
 
Find out more about Health Promoting Schools:

• Health Promoting Schools – HPS website
• Ministry of Health – information about HPS
• Ministry of Education – health and wellbeing in schools
• NZ Curriculum Online – information about NZ curricilum

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