Schools Awarded For Healthy Programmes

June 7, 2017 | 2 Comments

The Minister of Health and Seniors Jeanne Atherden today presented awards to those who participated in the 2017 Healthy Schools programme.

‘The Healthy Schools Awards focuses on schools that consistently promote health to their students and staff. This year, schools demonstrated that they consistently implemented five categories of health specified by Healthy Schools to demonstrate a high level of compliance to school health policies and health-related Bermuda Laws,” the Ministry said.

“This year, 24 of 31 public and private primary, middle and senior schools submitted their Healthy Schools Component presentations or binders. Each school received three to five Gold Stars and has been designated as a Health Promoting School.

“Also chosen were forty individuals who were nominated as Health Champions by their schools; twenty-nine principals who have been recognized for promoting health in their schools; fourteen outstanding Department of Health service providers nominated by their programme managers; five community health partners; seven outstanding students; and twenty-one Water-Only schools and preschools. Of note, the number of government schools advocating a Water-Only Policy or Practice increased from 13 to 22.”

Healthy Schools Programme Bermuda June 7 2017

Minister of Health and Seniors Jeanne Atherden said, “Good afternoon, educators, healthcare professionals, colleagues, students and guests.

“Again this year, I am honoured to be here to acknowledge your schools’ participation in the Healthy Schools Programme.

“Together, the Ministries of Education and Health and Seniors realize that the Healthy Schools programme is a vital link between education and health. In addition, our Ministries and our community health partners have a common goal: ensuring that our school students are healthy and positioned for success.

“Our strategy for a Well Bermuda targets every age group across the life course. A large portion of a child’s growth takes place while he or she is a student, so schools are the perfect place to teach important lessons about the relationship between nutrition, health and wellness. We know that when students are healthy, they are better able to achieve their potential.

“Schools, I want you to know that you are well on the way to helping your students establish lifelong healthy habits that will allow them to become viable and healthy members of our society, and I want to congratulate you all on your outstanding achievements!

“The Healthy Schools Programme recognizes that the culture and philosophy of each school is unique and that each school interacts with its community in different ways as it promotes health.

“Healthy Schools uses the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s 10-Component Model, which places the student at the centre of many social influences that affect a child’s development and adoption of lifelong habits. These components enable Healthy Schools to standardize what health looks like in schools through school health policies and Bermuda laws.

“Today, we celebrate and recognize the schools that have consistently promoted health to their students, staff and communities – all while delivering academics! Through the ten components of health, the assessment process standardizes health in schools.

“Last year, we recognized schools through the Gold Star Awards for One Component. This year, school’s submitted demonstrations for the first Five Components.

“This year, a total of 24 of 31 public and private, primary, middle and senior schools were reviewed. Those schools will be recognized here today as we celebrate all school health promotion activities. Each school received a Gold Star Award of Achievement and has been designated as a health promoting school.

“In addition, 39 individuals were nominated as Health Champions by their schools and all school principals have been recognised for their consistent support of Health Promotion in their schools. In addition, 18 outstanding Department of Health school-based staff have been nominated by their program managers.

“Furthermore, this year, the number of government schools advocating a Water-Only Policy or Practices increased from 13 to 22! While Healthy Schools has always promoted water as the healthiest beverage choice, over the years, schools have chosen to implement their own water-only policies or practices.

“These schools promote the consumption of water as the only beverage on campus and / or allow their students to sip water in the classroom throughout the day. Students are allowed to keep reusable water bottles on their desks and / or make frequent visits to filtered water fountains.

“And now, the Permanent Secretary of Education, Mrs. Valerie Robinson-James, and I will present to you the recipients who earned Health Champion Awards; Health Promoting Awards; Special Recognition Awards; and Healthy Schools Gold Star Awards.”

Healthy Schools Programme

1. In alphabetical order is the winner of the 2017 Three Gold Star Awards for demonstrating compliance of 3 of 5 Healthy Schools Components:

  • Elliot Primary School

2. In alphabetical order are the winners of the 2017 Four Gold Star Awards for demonstrating compliance of 4 of 5 Healthy Schools Components:

  • Clearwater Middle School
  • Dalton E. Tucker Primary
  • Dellwood Middle School
  • Gilbert Institute Primary
  • Harrington Sound Primary
  • Heron Bay Primary
  • Northlands Primary
  • Purvis Primary
  • Sandys Secondary Middle School
  • Somerset Primary
  • West End Primary

3. In alphabetical order are the winners of the 2017 Five Gold Star Awards for demonstrating compliance of 5 of 5 Healthy Schools Components:

  • Berkeley Institute, The
  • Bermuda High School for Girls
  • Bermuda Institute
  • CedarBridge Academy
  • East End Primary
  • Francis Patton Primary
  • Mount Saint Agnes Academy
  • Prospect Primary
  • Somersfield Academy
  • St. David’s Primary
  • Victor Scott Primary
  • West Pembroke Primary

4. School Principals we recognized for ensuring that theirs was a Health Promoting School:

  • Dr. Phyllis Curtis-Tweed of The Berkeley Institute
  • Mrs. Linda Parker of Bermuda High Schools for Girls
  • Dr. Lois Tucker of Bermuda Institute
  • Mrs. Kalmar Richards of CedarBridge Academy
  • Ms. Keisha Douglas of Clearwater Middle School
  • Ms. Tajuana Dean of Dalton E. Tucker Primary
  • Mrs. Joy Todd of Dame Marjorie Bean Hope Academy
  • Mrs. Tina Duke of Dellwood Middle School
  • Ms. Julie Foggo of East End Primary
  • Ms. Kimberly Creighton of Elliot Primary
  • Mrs. Garita Coddington of Francis Patton
  • Mrs. Coraleta Dill of Gilbert Institute Primary
  • Mrs. Cindy Weeks of Harrington Sound Primary
  • Mrs. Cindy Lambert of Heron Bay Primary
  • Mrs. Sue Moench of Mount Saint Agnes Academy
  • Mr. Charles Joynes of Northlands Primary
  • Mrs. Idonia Beckles of Paget Primary
  • Ms. Joann Dill of Port Royal Primary
  • Mrs. Holly Richardson of Prospect Primary
  • Mrs. Judith Alexander of Purvis Primary
  • Mr. Kenneth Caesar of Sandys Secondary Middle School
  • Mr. Carlos Symonds of Somersfield Academy
  • Mr. O’Brien Osborne of Somerset Primary
  • Mr. Gladstone Thompson of St. David’s Primary
  • Mrs. Francine McMahon of T.N. Tatem Middle School
  • Mr. Stephen Coddington of Victor Scott Primary
  • Mrs. Trina Cariah of West End Primary
  • Mrs. Opal Wilson of West Pembroke Primary
  • Ms. Reeshemah Swan of Whitney Institute Middle School

5. The Nominated Health Champions for each school are as follows:

  • Berkeley Institute, The
    • Dr. Marcia Henry-Young
    • Ms. Rhonda Rawlins
    • Mrs. Nadia Robinson
    • Ms. Tiannia Symonds
  • Bermuda High School for Girls
    • Ms. Niamah Cann
  • Bermuda Institute
    • Mrs. Janet King
    • Ms. Gina Richardson
    • Ms. Cynthia Tucker
    • Mrs. Joan Goulbourne
  • CedarBridge Academy
    • Mrs. Melanie Burrows and Mr. Stuart Crockwell
  • Clearwater Middle School
    • Mrs. Zina Francis-Smith
  • Dalton E. Tucker Primary
    • Mrs. Shantae Burrows
    • Mrs. Wolette Selassie
  • Dellwood Middle School
    • Ms. Nishanti Bailey and Ms. Kim Manderson
  • East End Primary
    • Ms. Sarah Robinson
  • Elliot Primary
    • Mr. Chayce Smith
  • Francis Patton Primary
    • Mrs. Florence Sharpe-Trott
  • Gilbert Institute
    • Mrs. Suzette Cheeseman
  • Harrington Sound Primary
    • Mrs. Carolyn Conway and Mrs. Kristen Johnston
  • Heron Bay Primary
    • Mrs. Amanda Lohan
  • Mount Saint Agnes Academy
    • Mrs. Kim Raymond
    • Mr. Josh Hart
    • Ms. Alexandria Rego
  • Northlands Primary
    • Mr. Quincy Aberdeen
    • Ms. Mary-Beth Aitken
    • Ms. Denise Hill
    • Ms. Tracey Rayner
    • Ms. Trina Trimm
  • Port Royal Primary
    • Ms. Stephanie Correia
  • Prospect Primary
    • Mr. Anthony Peets
  • Purvis Primary
    • Ms. Zindzi Swan
  • Sandys Secondary Middle School
    • Mrs. Angela Symonds
  • Somersfield Academy
    • Ms. Irene Pimentel
  • Somerset Primary
    • Mrs. Angela Edwards and Mr. Richard Campbell
  • St. David’s Primary
    • Mrs. ShaeVonne Welch
  • Victor Scott Primary
    • Ms. Joanna Heaney
  • West End Primary
    • Mrs. Norma-Jean Richardson
  • West Pembroke Primary
    • Mr. Wendell Smith

6. Outstanding Recipients from Dept. of Health School-Based Services nominated by their Program Managers in alphabetical order are:

Community Rehabilitation Services:

  • Joanna Allitt
  • Patrice Brown
  • Shirle Crockwell
  • Mia Daniels
  • Angela DeRosa
  • Pashé Douglas-Sampson
  • Julie Farnsworth
  • Akilah Lapsley-Dyer
  • Gail Parker
  • Tanika Rayner
  • Holly Sinclair

Speech-Language Services:

  • Marissa Brangman
  • Shawnette Smith
  • Elrita Wade

Community Health Partners in alphabetical order are:

  • The Argus Group
  • Barritt’s
  • BF & M
  • Dunkley’s
  • La Trattoria

8. Schools with Water-Only Policy or Practice in alphabetical order:

  • Bermuda High School for Girls
  • Bermuda Institute
  • Dellwood Middle School
  • East End Primary
  • Elliot Primary
  • Francis Patton Primary
  • Heron Bay Primary
  • Lyceum Preschool
  • Northlands Primary
  • Port Royal Primary
  • Prospect Primary
  • Purvis Primary
  • Saltus Grammar
  • Somersfield Academy
  • Southampton Preschool
  • St. George’s Preparatory School
  • St. David’s Primary
  • Victor Scott Preschool
  • Victor Scott Primary
  • Warwick Academy
  • Warwick Preschool
  • West Pembroke Primary

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  1. Ok, but schools are still in a deplorable condition.

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