Health Educatioin Policy


To ensure that students receive appropriate advice and education to do with matter of health as they affect schooling.
Health Education
Health is an important matter for all of us, and consists of well-being physically, mentally and spiritually. It is important for all individuals to take responsibility for their own health, and to maintain it. Schools have a vital role to play (along with families and other agencies) in enabling children to develop this sense of responsibility, and to provide Health Education as a cross curricular theme. The students at this School come from a variety of backgrounds; many are very healthy, and the School wishes to build on this foundation. Health Education is part of a wider role of health promotion. This involves not just specific program, but is part of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of students and of society.
As part of its promotion of health, this School accepts the nine components of Health Education set out in the Health Education Guidelines; namely,
Substance Use and Misuse (Drugs);
Gender Education,
Family Life Education,
Health Related Exercise,
Food and Nutrition,
Personal Hygiene,
Environmental Aspects and
Psychological Aspects: Understanding the factors affecting mental health, emotional well-being, and stress, and developing self-awareness.

Aims of Health Education
1. To develop positive attitudes towards health on the part of the students and their families.
2. To prevent occurrences of ill-health by promoting responsible attitudes and behaviour among students and their families.
3. To promote accurate information, knowledge and understanding about health matters.
4. To clarify students' attitude and values, which influence their choices in health matters.
5. To develop the skills necessary for healthy behaviour and lives.

Health Education is provided in the following ways:
1. Through the general ethos, atmosphere and relationships within the School. The valuing of individuals, the practice of positive attitudes, the development of co-operation and helpfulness are all aspects of general School life which contribute towards the promotion of self esteem, one of the most important pre-conditions for effective health education.
2. Through the physical environment and procedures of the School which are designed to promote health and safety as far as possible.
3. Through the role models offered by adults at the School.
4. Through the planned curriculum of the School, where Health Education is identified in the planning and documentation. It is provided through the : Tutorial Program & In a range of other curriculum areas
6. Management
All teachers are to some extent involved in Health Education as part of their general teaching responsibilities, but it is managed and coordinated by a specific member of staff.



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