News Release: Two Schools Receive Gold Status from OPHEA
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, August 6, 2019 | 10 a.m. | Windsor-Essex County
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is excited to celebrate Bellewood Public School and St.Teresa of Calcuttea (STOC) for achieving Gold status in the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association (OPHEA) Healthy Schools Certification Program for the 2018/2019 school year. This certification process recognizes and celebrates school communities for promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of students, staff, and the broader community.
During the 2018/2019 school year, 284 schools across Ontario participated in the 6 Step Healthy Schools Process to work towards Gold, Silver or Bronze level certification. Both Bellewood Public School from the Greater Essex County District School Board (GECDSB) and St.Teresa of Calcutta from the Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board (WECDSB) were honoured with the OPHEA Gold status certification.
Bellewood Public School is a two-time Gold status recipient who also received the distinction in the 2017/2018 school year. Under the direction of Principal Chris Pillon, Vice Principal Gerry Dufour, and the committed leadership of the Physical Education teacher Allison Laramie, the students focused on activities surrounding Mental Health and Physical Activity. Some activities included the ‘8 Days of Fitness’ leading up to the winter holiday, and various Fit Week initiatives such as Wellness Wednesday, daily quotes, and facts about mental health. “Academics should not be the only focus for students and OPHEA provides us with the resources to ensure we’re meeting the needs of all our students and the certification program gives us a school wide focus to ensure it’s happening for all of our students,” said Principal Chris Pillon. Their commitment to promoting healthy lifestyles within the school community was exemplary.
St.Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School was the sole recipient Gold status certification within the WECDSB. The Mental Health focused initiative was successfully lead by Kimberly Givlin, the school’s Health and Learning Support Service Teacher (LSST) with support from Principal Elise Daragon and Vice Principal Maggie Dorian. Doran, the incoming Principal, commented “STOC is really proud of achieving Gold Status for OPHEA Healthy Schools Certification Program. We have a phenomenal staff and community support team. It was really a community effort to get this certification”. The Mental Health initiative highlighted the school’s healthy nutrition program, participation in extra-curricular activities and a school wide Mental Wellness Day that had a large range of activities such as visual arts for relaxation, yoga, Zumba®, and coping strategies to list a few.
The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is proud to recognize the great accomplishments of both Bellewood Public School and St.Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School. Both schools were presented with a commemorative plaque from the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit to showcase their achievements. Their commitment and dedication to promoting a healthy lifestyle is the cornerstone of building a broader healthy community.
Bellewood Public School: Gerry Dufour, Vice Principal; Allison Laramie, Physical Education Teacher; Chris Pillon, Principal; Kelly Samms, Public Health Nurse.
St. Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School: Elise Daragon, former Principal for the 2018/2019 school year; Maggie Dorion, Principal for the 2019/2020 school year; Lora Prokopetz, RN, Public Health Nurse.
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
519-258-2146 ext. 6397 (NEWS)