An apple a day gives the awards away

Healthy School Awards Merton Schools

Six Merton schools have achieved the Merton Healthy Schools Award. Launched in September 2000, the Scheme encourages schools to promote the well being and health of pupils, staff and parents.

The schools that received the awards were Beecholme Primary, Garfield Primary, Haselmere Primary, Pelham Primary, Wimbledon Park Primary and Ursuline RC High School.

The awards were presented by Councillor Mary Dunn, Deputy Mayor of Merton at a special ceremony on Friday 5 July at the Chaucer Centre, Canterbury Road, Morden at 1.30 – 3.15pm.

As well as presentations, the awards saw students from the winning schools demonstrating and performing different healthy activities. These included country dancing, Indian dancing and a first aid demonstration. One five year old member of the Beecholme School Council said, “We always have an agenda for our meetings and the children have a special notebook and pencil so that they can report back to their class”. The Playground Friends Scheme at Bond Primary School, which encourages the pupils to look out for each other in the playground was also demonstrated.

This scheme proves very rewarding to the schools as a recent OFSTED report found that schools involved in the Healthy Schools Scheme are more likely to make progress in key areas than other schools. Some Merton Schools have concentrated on promoting physical health, such as walking to school, eating fruit and drinking plenty of water. Other schools have concentrated on emotional well-being.