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ALCDSB students receive silver certifications from Ophea

June 16, 2016

Student and staff with their silver certification

Congratulations to Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School and Archbishop O’Sullivan Catholic School for their Ophea Healthy Schools certification.

The Ontario Physical and Health Education Association (Ophea) celebrates schools for planning and taking action to address health topics such as physical activity, mental health, and healthy eating, while promoting well-being amongst staff, students and the community. Both Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School both received silver certification.

The certification is based on the six step Healthy Schools Process, in alignment with the Ministry of Education’s Foundations for a Healthy School resource. The process guides schools through the steps needed to plan and implement a range of activities that promote well-being in the school community, focusing on a selected priority health topic that is important to the school.

This year, Regi chose to focus on mental health as their priority health topic. Alongside their mental health ambassadors, a team was created to bring awareness to the stigma surrounding mental health and make the connection between physical health and its effects on mental wellness. The committee created a mental health hub in the school to give students a safe place to go and speak with support staff, do puzzles, listen to music, etc. In addition, they created ‘fit Friday’ and had events such as yoga, Zumba and JustDance activities with healthy snacks.

At Archbishop O’Sullivan Catholic School, students chose to focus on promoting physical health and well-being. The school has a fun day planned on June 24 to celebrate their silver certification.

Congratulations once again to both schools for your dedication to mental and physical health and well-being.

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