St. James Public School
We had a conversation with our Healthy Schools Club about what has been done around water and sugary drinks and our school policies. We made a plan for how to promote drinking water at school. We sent a teacher to a training on the Sip Smart program, we created posters and put them up at all of the water fountains to encourage their use, we bought every student in our school a water bottle and they are allowed to have them on their desks throughout the day, we pledged to promote water through the Water Does Wonders website, and we’re looking at having an outdoor water station at our family picnic. We had a school wide assembly to kick off our activities where two of our Healthy Schools Club students hosted and shared some facts about water, our Public Health Nurse from the health unit spoke on the importance of water and less sugary drinks, our Gr. 5 class sang the song they wrote with a local singer/songwriter called “Water is Life”, we displayed a water mural that was created by one of our art classes, and our students received their water bottles, which they added a piece of fruit to for a flavoured water that day. Our event was supported and attended by our local Healthy Kids Community Challenge and was covered by local media. We were invited to sing our song at a local pow wow celebrating water. Our favourite part was seeing the excitement on the students’ faces to receive their water bottles. The Water is Life song was talked about for days and it was great to be highlighted in the media. The partnership with our community partners at the health unit made it possible to put it all together.
In talking with some of our teachers, and from programs we’ve run in the past, we learned that students enjoy cooking workshops. Our health unit offers a cooking program for Gr. 5 classes which our teacher was interested in, and our Gr. 6/7 teacher was interested in cooking with her class as well. Our Gr. 4/5 class participated in the “Cooking with Kids” program offered by the health unit. It was 3 sessions focused on vegetables and fruit and simple cooking methods. The students had lessons on knife safety, cross-contamination, hand washing and cooking techniques. Our Gr. 6/7 class planned and participated in their own cooking session where they learned some kitchen safety and cooking skills, as well as practiced some math through food and recipe costing. Aside from the fun that was had in our more formal cooking classes, we also had our health unit partners come in and prepare some snacks with our after school program students to be served at our Earth Night. The snacks highlighted the foods available in that month’s Good Food Box, so all contained veggies and fruit. The students all learned something new through each experience. The favourite part was probably eating the food the students prepared for themselves.
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