2011 Healthy School Award Winners

June 9, 2011

Yesterday [June 8], the Healthy Schools Award was presented to the school with the highest level of compliance to all Healthy Schools Standards. Numerous other Healthy School Category Awards were also presented, the photo below shows the recipients:

Healthy Schools winners

A total of 34 schools were reviewed and the award plaque was given to the school that has consistently promoted health to its students, staff, and families throughout this year. The winner of the Healthy Schools Award 2011 is Somersfield Academy and pictured below, Principal Dr. Jim Christopher receives the award from the Minister of Health Zane De Silva.

Somersfield wins Healthy Schools

The Healthy School Award Winners are as follows:

The Healthy Schools Award 2011: Somersfield Academy

The Healthy Schools Most Improved Recognition Award 2011: The Berkeley Institute

The Healthy Schools Recognition Category Awards 2011 for Schools:

1. Victor Scott Primary – Health Education
2. Saltus Grammar – Healthy School Environment
3. The Berkeley Institute – Physical Education
4. Prospect Primary – Nutrition Services
5. The Berkeley Institute – Family, Parent & Community Involvement
6. Saltus Grammar School – Health Services
7. The Berkeley Institute – Counselling and Psychological Services
8. Prospect Primary – Health Promotion for Staff

The Healthy Schools Recognition Category Awards 2011 for Individuals:

1. Trevor Smith – Health Education
2. Philip Maybury – Physical Education
3. Rachael Andrade – Health Services
4. Angelique Allen – Nutrition Services
5. Anthony Peets – Counseling, Psychological & Social Services
6. Philip Maybury – Health Promotion for Staff

The Healthy Schools Achievement Awards for Health Promoting Schools, which were placed in Gold, Silver, and Bronze Levels according to the score applied to their level of compliance to Health Schools Standards:

GOLD LEVEL (90 – 100%) in Numerical Order:

1. Somerfield Academy
2. St. David’s Primary
3. Harrington Sound Primary
4. The Berkeley Institute
5. Dame Marjorie Bean Hope Academy
6. Heron Bay Primary
7. Prospect Primary
8. T. N. Tatem Middle School
9. Somerset Primary
10. Victor Scott Primary
11. CedarBridge Academy
12. Saltus Grammar School
13. Elliot Primary
14. The Educational Centre
15. Sandys Secondary Middle School

SILVER LEVEL (80 – 89.9%) in Numerical Order:

1. West Pembroke Primary
2. Bermuda High School for Girls
3. Bermuda Institute
4. Warwick Academy
5. Gilbert Institute
6. Northlands Primary
7. Mount Saint Agnes Academy
8. Port Royal Primary
9. West End Primary
10. Purvis Primary
11. East End Primary
12. St. George’s Preparatory
13. Dalton E. Tucker Primary
14. Dellwood Middle School
15. Whitney Institute Middle School
16. Paget Primary
17. Francis Patton Primary

BRONZE LEVEL (70 – 79.9%) in Numerical Order:

1. Clearwater Middle School
2. Clara Mohammed

THE HEALTHY SCHOOLS AWARD: SOMERSFIELD ACADEMY

Somerfield has the highest level of compliance to all Healthy Schools Standards. They have consistently promoted health to its students, staff, and families throughout this year. They understand that there is a vital and reciprocal link between health and education, and that school achievement is largely dependent on students’ maintaining good health. They have increasingly implemented all school health policies, by way of ensuring that healthy food and beverage choices are available at school events; monitoring school lunches through creative activities; encouraging students to increase their participation in physical activities; ensuring that all health and counseling services required by students are provided; encouraging staff to improve their health; ensuring that the school environment is healthy, safe, and conducive to learning; encouraging the family and community to participate in school activities; and when possible, linking the health curriculum to practical activities.

THE HEALTHY SCHOOLS MOST IMPROVED RECOGNITION AWARD: THE BERKELEY INSTITUTE

The Berkeley Institute has improved in all categories of health and its overall level of compliance to the Healthy Schools Standards as it promoted health throughout this year. The Berkeley Institute’s ratings were compared to its own from last year and when compared to all other schools on the island, were found to have improved the most.

THE HEALTHY SCHOOLS RECOGNITION CATEGORY CERTIFICATES TO SCHOOLS

The Health Education Recognition certificate recipient: VICTOR SCOTT PRIMARY

Victor Scott Primary has aimed to consistently deliver the required Health Education Curriculum and provide students with opportunities to practice health-related knowledge.

The Healthy School Environment Recognition certificate recipient: SALTUS GRAMMAR

Saltus Grammar has aimed to consistently ensure that the school environment is healthy and safe and that health and safety issues are reported and action taken.

The Physical Education Recognition certificate recipient: THE BERKELEY INSTITUTE

The Berkeley Institute has aimed to consistently deliver the required Physical Education curriculum and promote a variety of sports that all students can enjoy and pursue.

The Nutrition Services Recognition certificate recipient: PROSPECT PRIMARY

Prospect Primary has aimed to consistently promote healthy eating with its students and staff at all school events and during school hours. In addition, school staff was consistently encouraged to be health role models to their students throughout the school day.

The Family, Parent, and Community Involvement Recognition certificate recipient: THE BERKELEY INSTITUTE

The Berkeley Institute has aimed to consistently encourage an integrated approach for enhancing the health and well-being of students, through the involvement of parents/guardians and community resources in school activities.

The Health Services Recognition certificate recipient:
SALTUS GRAMMAR SCHOOL

Saltus Grammar has aimed to consistently ensure that all health-related polices and services are implemented for its students.

The Counselling, Psychological, and Social Services Recognition certificate recipient: THE BERKELEY INSTITUTE

The Berkeley Institute has aimed to consistently ensure that support from the school counsellor and relevant health partners is available to students.

The Health Promotion for Staff Recognition certificate recipient: PROSPECT PRIMARY

Prospect Primary has aimed to consistently assist staff with maintaining and improving their health and well-being, who then served as health role models for students.

THE HEALTHY SCHOOLS RECOGNITION CATEGORY CERTIFICATES TO INDIVIDUALS

The Health Education Recognition certificate recipient: TREVOR SMITH

Mr. Smith, a P.E. / Health teacher has consistently demonstrated an extremely strong work ethic as he encourages the students at Elliot Primary to learn more about their bodies and participate in a variety of physical activities.

The Physical Education Recognition certificate recipient: PHILIP MAYBURY

Mr. Maybury consistently championed health and P.E. through his delivery of the required Physical Education curriculum and designing a number of fun, creative activities in which all students and many staff and parents participated. He sought to expose students to this variety of physical activities with the hopes that students will develop a lifelong love and appreciation for movement that can help them maintain optimal levels of health and fitness.

The Health Services Recognition certificate recipient: MRS. RACHAEL ANDRADE

Mrs. Andrade, a school nurse has consistently promoted and monitored health, and encouraged healthy practices in schools

The Nutrition Services Recognition certificate recipient: MS. ANGELIQUE ALLEN

Ms. Allen, the food service manager of the CedarBridge Academy cafeteria has consistently promoted healthy eating with the students and staff of CedarBridge Academy.

The Counseling, Psychological, and Social Services Recognition certificate recipient: MR. ANTHONY PEETS

Mr. Peets has consistently implemented initiatives that have developed the character, self-esteem, behavior, and overall well-being of students. At Prospect Primary, to replace the practice of rewarding students with food, he and the school team developed a “store” filled with school supplies for which students can earn “dollar points” for improved academic performance, good behavior, and so on.

The Health Promotion for Staff Recognition certificate recipient: MR. PHILIP MAYBURY

Mr. Maybury championed health and wellness with the staff at Prospect Primary, measuring and monitoring their body fat percentages and nutrition. The aim is for teachers to lead healthier lifestyles and have a better quality of life, so that they will serve as health role models for students.

Minister DeSilva’s full remarks follow below:

Dear Guests, Colleagues and Friends,

It is a great honour and privilege to stand before you today to celebrate health successes in Bermuda’s schools.

All of us gathered today know why this programme is important.
Everyone in this room is in some way involved in ensuring that our schools are healthy.

Schools have an awesome challenge – while they primarily focus on academic achievement, they also know that healthy students have a better opportunity to achieve more in all areas.

Additionally, in light of constant social change, schools understand that students should be taught across a broad spectrum of development.

All of you work to make sure our students establish lifelong habits to become viable and healthy members of our society. So, for me to stand here before such a noble and distinguished audience is truly humbling.

We are here today to celebrate and recognize schools for their efforts at consistently promoting health to their students and staff at this auspicious Healthy Schools Awards ceremony. Again this year, a school will also be recognized for making great strides in promoting health as compared to last year.

Health promotion is expressed in an endless number of activities and events, as schools are essentially individual communities with different cultures and philosophies. For this reason, the committee reviewing schools collectively had quite a challenge!

A total of 34 schools were reviewed, including: 7 private schools, 26 government schools and 1 government programme. Every school will be recognized here today as we celebrate all school health promotion activities.

THE HEALTHY SCHOOLS AWARD

The Healthy Schools Award is presented to the school with the highest level of compliance to all Healthy Schools Standards.

This award plaque is being given to a school that has consistently promoted health to its students, staff, and families throughout this year.

This school understands that there is a vital and reciprocal link between health and education, and that school achievement is largely dependent on students’ maintaining good health.

This school also understands that school activities can be divided into two broad categories: academics and “other” – “other” is health, as reflected in Healthy Schools’ eight components. More importantly, increasingly, health promotion has become a natural part of this school’s culture and philosophy during each school day.

Through the years, this school’s exemplary dedication and innovation have been continuous and seemingly limitless, as staff seeks to keep students challenged and motivated in their quest to improve their health, linking many activities to the health and physical education curricula and across the curriculum.

Increasingly, over the years, many teachers have gone above the call of duty to engage students in novel health-related activities, before, during, and after school.

Consistent with its education philosophy, this school quietly goes about educating the whole child in all domains and has consistently aimed to improve its health promotion efforts, as it naturally practices health habits each day.

This school has increasingly implemented all school health policies, by way of ensuring that healthy food and beverage choices are available at school events; monitoring school lunches through creative activities; encouraging students to increase their participation in physical activities; ensuring that all health and counseling services required by students are provided; encouraging staff to improve their health; ensuring that the school environment is healthy, safe, and conducive to learning; encouraging the family and community to participate in school activities; and when possible, linking the health curriculum to practical activities.

The winner of the Healthy Schools Award 2011 is Somersfield Academy! Dr. Jim Christopher, school principal is here to accept the award on behalf of Somersfield Academy.

To end, allow me to thank you for being with us on this important occasion.

Please join me in applauding the continued outstanding health promotion that is happening in Bermuda’s schools

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