Peasedown St John’s Primary’s ‘Bistro Buddies’ help success taste good
An innovative scheme where pupils help other children to enjoy their school dinners has seen Peasedown St John Primary School awarded with the Healthy Schools Certificate by NHS B&NES and Bath & North East Somerset Council. The accolade is a major step towards the school's goal of achieving the prestigious Director of Public Health Award.
Peasedown St John achieved the Healthy Schools Certificate by reviewing all of its health related work and setting new targets. The children demonstrated current successes by producing a review of how their dining experience has improved recently. The school's 'Rumbling Tum' dining room has cheerful tablecloths and a well run feel, including the volunteer Year 5 'Bistro Buddies' who "make the dining experience much nicer for everyone".
This new Award has been developed locally and was launched in April this year. It recognises and rewards schools, early years settings and further education colleges which support the health and wellbeing of their children and young people.
Paul Scott, Acting Director of Public Health for Bath and North East Somerset, who chairs the Awarding body, said: "I would like to congratulate Peasedown St John Primary School for all the work they have put into achieving their Healthy Schools Certificate as part of the Director of Public Health Award. Their commitment to health and wellbeing is obvious and we were particularly impressed by the way in which children have been involved in improving lunchtimes. Having the Bistro Buddies is a great idea!"
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The Director of Public Health Award is a health and wellbeing programme commissioned by NHS B&NES for all educational settings. The schools programme is developed and delivered by Bath & North East Somerset Council.
Councillor Dine Romero (Lib-Dem, Southdown), Cabinet Member for Early Years, Children and Youth, said: "Everyone at Peasedown St John's Primary School has done a great job to win their Healthy Schools Certificate, which is rightly deserved. We hope the school's continuous efforts to improve will inspire others to follow suit. Bath & North East Somerset Council supports schools working towards the Director of Public Health Award as a mechanism for school improvement through tackling key health issues and reducing inequalities."
Judy Allies, the Coordinator of the Director of Public Health Award, will be presenting the Healthy Schools Certificate to Peasedown St John's Primary at a special assembly in the school on Friday 30 November 2012.
The school can now focus on obtaining the Healthy Outcomes Certificate. To gain this it has to show how is has improved the health and wellbeing of its pupils. Once Peasedown St John's Primary has achieved both certificates, it will qualify for the Director of Public Health Award.
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