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WINNER EDMONDSLEY PRIMARY SCHOOL THE physical and emotional wellbeing of children is central to life at Edmondsley Primary School.

Pupils are given the opportunity to work together both in school and with partner schools, while a buddy scheme sees older children looking after younger pupils.

The children are involved in choosing extra-curricular activities and have chosen a wide range of physical activities, including dance, gymnastics, basketball and tag rugby. Healthy eating is also important, with the curriculum designed to teaching the children how to make informed decisions about the food they eat.

Those efforts have twice seen Edmondsley receive the Healthy School Award, as well as an Eco Schools Green Flag.


THE SNAG group at Greencroft School - School Nutrition Action Group - works hard to raise awareness about the importance of healthy eating.

The group works with the school kitchen staff and has a garden in the school grounds to grow fruit and vegetables for the dining room. During British Food Fortnight the group investigated the issue of food miles and sampled tradition local dishes that are not well known by young people.

The school also makes its own compost and is in the process of building a greenhouse from plastic bottles.


BOLDON School achieved Health School status in 2007 after focussing on areas that included tobacco education.

Its Stop Smoking scheme is now being offered to both students and staff, with a six-week programme of advice offered to anyone wanting to quit smoking.

Pupils have produced posters and other materials on the dangers of smoking, which are displayed in the school's reception.

Those involved with the school are now hoping to roll out the programme to parents and other members of the local community.

The first cohort of students to complete the course are also being surveyed to make future courses more pupil-friendly.


WELL BEING Roselle Oberholzer of Public Health North East with the winning team from Edmondsley Primary School. FOCUS ON FOOD Greencroft pupils with their certificate. Their project raised awareness of healthy eating. DRAMA Boldon School pupils perform their mini-play about smoking.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 9, 2009
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