Health Promoting Schools

In 2015 St Mary’s signed up to take part in the HSE led Health Promoting Schools Initiative.

This initiative was based around identifying key areas of health which needed improving within the school community.

Through staff, parent and student surveys the following themes were identified:

1:  Physical Activity- a % of students do NO activity outside of P.E.  Also, too much screen time at home- we are aiming to make students interested in physical activity outside of school rather than playing computer games etc.

2:  Healthy Eating- Students overeat sugary foods and drinks.  Students would not pick the healthy option if it was not the only option- we aim to change the student’s preferences and choices.

3:  Mindfulness- There are students who do not feel ‘happy or safe’ at school.  Also too much screen time and a need to have more thinking time and integration with others.

The HPS team release newsletters to update our school community on progress made throughout the year. You can view our newsletters here.

Summer 2018

Winter 2017

Spring 2017

To find out more about the Health Promoting Schools (HPS) Programme visit


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