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The Divine Mercy

Roman Catholic Primary School

‘with Jesus in our hearts and the Children at the centre, we welcome and reach out to our diverse community in the Christian Spirit’
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Healthy Schools Award

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The Divine Mercy is a Healthy School

The Divine Mercy is a Healthy School

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What does this mean?
A Healthy School is one that promotes physical and emotional health by providing accessible, relevant information which equips pupils, staff and families with the skills and attitudes to make informed decisions about their health. 
The Divine Mercy Primary School is successful in supporting pupils to do their best and build on their achievements; it is committed to ongoing improvement and development. At The Divine Mercy we know the importance of investing in health to assist in the process of raising children and young people's achievement levels and improving standards is well understood and the need to provide a physical and social environment conducive to work and learning is recognised.
At The Divine Mercy Primary School we involve the whole school community, parents, governors, staff and pupils in improving children's health, well being and happiness and helping them to get the most out of life.

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Healthy Schools Award – June 2014
The School has received notification that it has achieved a Healthy Schools Award for its great work – thank you for your support.  We have been told…

‘Your school has demonstrated outstanding work and commitment to improving health outcomes for your pupils and communities during the 2013-14 academic year.'

We therefore have great pleasure in informing you that you have been identified to receive the following award:
 
1st place: Health Improvement Award – Healthy Eating (Primary)

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Healthy Schools Award – June 2015

Many thanks for your nomination for the Primary Physical Activity Health Improvement Award 2014-15.
We are very pleased to be able to let you know that your school has been awarded ‘Highly Commended’ for your outstanding commitment to positive health outcomes in the area of Physical Activity for the children in your school.
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 Food for Life Partnership – Bronze Award


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SILVER schools:
  • Serve school meals on proper crockery, not plastic ‘flight trays’
  • Meet the Silver Food for Life Catering Mark which shows that school food is healthy, ethical, and uses some local and organic ingredients
  • Have a cooking club, where pupils get to cook with and eat the produce grown in the school growing area
  • Involve parents and the wider community to get involved in food education via food-themed events
  • Our food is healthy, ethical, and uses local ingredients. We use a minimum of 5% organic ingredients in our menus.
September 2016 
The Divine Mercy has achieved the FFLP Silver Award in September 2016.  We are all thrilled to achieve this award.
Mrs Walsh says…
 
 ‘We are very excited to be working with the Food for Life Partnership.  Our vision is that we can make a real difference to young people to help them make informed decisions about their diets which they can take back to their families and friends.  It is important to us that we deliver the message that pupils who eat a good, balanced diet can produce their best.  Having been involved with FFLP we have been able to allow the children to see the great variety of healthy food available to them, helping to understand that eating healthy can be fun and exciting’     Picture

​​In 2016/2017 the School is working towards the Children’s Food Trust Good Food Award.  See the link to the little book of goodness.
http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/sites/brighton-hove.gov.uk/files/downloads/cypt/little_book_of_goodness2011.pdf
 

 

 

   
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I’m delighted to let you know that the Divine Mercy RC Primary School will be taking part in Healthy Eating Week - from 12 to 16 June 2016. Launched by the British Nutrition Foundation in 2013, the aim of the week is to promote healthy eating, being active, learning about where food comes from and cooking.
To help structure the week, there are five different themes, which are based around The eatwell plate and Eight tips for healthy eating. 

Our  School will be delivering activities around these themes.  You can support your child’s learning by using some of the following top tips at home:


Food origins – where does food come from?

  • Discover where and how starchy foods grow, e.g. potatoes, wheat.
  • Investigate how milk is produced.
  • Discuss where different elements of their breakfast came from (e.g. an animal or a plant).
  • Visit a farm!

 
Healthy active lifestyles – The eatwell plate, 5 A DAY, 8 tips for healthy eating

  • Go for at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
  • Eat fresh, dried, frozen, canned and juiced varieties.
  • Be active for at least 60 minutes every day.
  • Monitor activity every day – sit less, move more!
  • Encourage children to drink 6-8 glasses of fluid a day.
  • Eat two portions of fish a week (one of which should be oily fish, e.g. salmon).

 
Food and drink choice – focus on what we choose and why!

  • Create an evening meal from a different country.
  • Try new foods – make an exotic fruit salad, a tasty dip or a pasta dish!
  • Look in your fridge/cupboard and discuss why you have chosen the different food and drinks.

 
Meal occasions – breakfast, lunch and dinner!

  • Eat breakfast every day.
  • List ten different foods which can be eaten as part of a healthy breakfast.
  • Have a school meal – find out what’s on offer!
  • Prepare a healthy packed lunch or picnic.
  • Design a healthy evening meal.

 
Food preparation and cooking – let’s all get cooking!

  • Investigate different ingredients and equipment – be safe and hygienic.
  • Get creative in the kitchen – try cooking a range of dishes!

To read more about Healthy Eating Week and download free resources, visit
 www.healthyeatingweek.org.uk

Please can we ask parents and children to download and print the following questionnaires and return to school as soon as possible. 
Thank you.
Thank you to everybody who supported our Christmas Fair this year! We hope you had a great time.
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