At Whitehall Park School we are committed to creating a positive environment which supports physical and emotional health and wellbeing. We are proud to announce that we have received a Healthy Schools London Bronze Award that recognises the efforts made to ensure our school community strive for health lives! To achieve this, we had to review our practise in promoting and improving children’s health and wellbeing. We want to share with you the ways in which we do this at Whitehall Park School.
At WPS, each of our classes participate in weekly, high quality PE lessons led by our amazing coaches. These coaches also provide active lunch times three times a week where children are encouraged to participate in fun, organised games. Every lunch time, children have access to our extensive PE equipment trolley and our active after school clubs continue to promote our school’s physical and social culture. In addition to our fabulous opportunities already mentioned, Key Stage 2 attend swimming lessons at Cally Pool and Archway Leisure Centre and each class participants in the Daily Mile. Our curriculum documents detail the varied learning opportunities across each year level.
Our healthy school lunches are provided by Caterlink who are passionate about fresh, healthy food that tastes great! They, along with WPS staff, ensure children have a well-balanced diet which improves their health, growth and ability to learn and concentrate. And of course those who bring packed lunches need to follow the packed lunch guidance that promotes healthy eating! Here you can find our menus for the Autumn term. We also have fun celebrating birthdays with stickers, sharing fruit or toys and games instead of cakes and sweets.
We learn about hygiene and cooking skills across the curriculum making Gruffalo crumble, gingerbread men, carrot juice, fruit skewers and so much more! During Healthy Schools Week in the Summer term, we will explore the Eatwell Guide and what foods make up a healthy eating plate to achieve a balanced diet at school and at home.
Whitehall Park School are now a Foodbank distributor. This means that if any families are facing financial crisis, they can contact the school office and request e-vouchers for a 3 day emergency food supply. Islington Foodbank relies on donations from individuals, organisations, supermarkets and churches. If you would like to make a donation, please visit their website here to find out more.
Whitehall Park School have joined many Islington venues who have signed up to the Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme. By doing this, we declare that our staff will always welcome mums to breastfeed their babies on the premises and will support their right to do so. Over 100 places have registered as breastfeeding welcome and display breastfeeding welcome stickers and posters, so that women wishing to breastfeed will know they’ll be welcome there also. You can find a list of other venues here.
To promote a healthy school culture and environment at WPS, we love to celebrate children’s achievements through our weekly Golden Book certificates, our termly values certificates and class assemblies where we get to showcase our learning to the whole school and, this term, to parents as well!! We also look forward to our school events where parents are invited to take part such as Quiz Night, Comedy Night, Winter Wonderland, Summer Fete, Teddy Bears Picnic, Reception parents’ mornings, information sessions, school trips and volunteering.
This is what makes Whitehall Park School a happy and healthy place!!
You can stay up to date with our healthy happenings in our regular newsletter updates.