Stay Connected to the Healthy Schools Movement in BC
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|Have a Great Story? We Want to Hear It!
We want to hear your healthy schools story! Educators, students and community members across the province are working hard to create healthier schools. Sharing your stories can help support and inspire others, and viewing stories from other schools can do the same for you. Check out the
Healthy Schools Stories Map
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Celebrate Canada's 150th with the Country's Biggest Dance Party!
Sharing Dance offers free choreography and resources
Looking for free opportunities to get healthy, active and artistically engaged?
Sharing Dance Day 2017, an initiative of Canada's National Ballet School (NBS), is one
Canada 150 Signature Projects. Its focus is to help Canadians develop fundamental aspects of physical literacy.
To learn about how you can access
resources for your classroom or community, click
Healthy Schools BC Regional Grants Available on Monday, April 3rd!
Regional groupings of schools and health partners working together on mental well-being
We are excited to share that Healthy Schools BC Regional Grants are available on Monday!
In response to strong interest from education and health sector partners, the grants will have a mental well-being focus this year.
The goal of the Healthy Schools BC Regional Grants is to support school districts and groups of First Nations and/or independent schools to identify and address priorities for mental well-being through strengthening and shaping partnerships with health sector partners. Grant applications are due by April 19, 2017. Click here
to read more.
Healthy Schools Network (HSN)
Healthy Schools BC school level grants return in October 2017
We are pleased to announce that school grants that support healthy living will be returning next school year.
It's a fresh start and includes a new overarching theme: Well-Being in a Real-World Context. We know BC schools understand the central role mental well-being plays both in fostering optimal environments for learning, and in engaging students as they develop their skills and explore their passions. Mental well-being is a key foundation for student health, well-being and success.
HSN school level grants
will encourage grantees to connect their work to two overarching questions:
How is it feasible to promote mental well-being through all environments that promote student learning, growth, and success? How does mental well-being impact the 'whole child'?
Stayed tuned and check back in here September and October, 2017.
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education.
Action Schools! BC Update
Creating a Shared Vision for Your Healthy School Community
Are you using an action plan?
Don't have time to do your own research on the buzz words "action planning?" Check out
for some key points about how Action Schools! BC is using a tool that can make a difference in your school community.
What's Your Favourite Flavour?
Promoting mental well-being in schools
When people talk about supporting and promoting mental well-being in schools, they usually discuss the practices they use in their environment. Some people are focused on school
connectedness, others on social-emotional learning, others on
resilience, mental fitness, o
r another approach.
While each of these approaches has its own
flavour, they are all part of the larger family of pos
itive mental health supportive
practices. They overlap and work
side-by-side, each strengthening the impact of the others.
Click here to read more.
Sparking Creativity in Learners
DASH at the ArtStarts Showcase
How can we promote art and creativity among young people? The annual
highlights talented professional artists who are helping school communities connect with the arts. Click
to read about one of our very own DASH staff's experience at this unique event, and how she views creativity in relation to her own work.
What Is a Healthy Lifestyle?
A holistic inquiry at Garibaldi Highlands Elementary
Check out this inspiring story from Garibaldi Highlands Elementary School where students embarked on a 5-month inquiry journey of exploring healthy living. Through the inquiry process, they found resources, curriculum connections, community partners and outdoor exploration in the community that helped to facilitate students' learning. Click here to read their story.
Making evidence-informed decisions so that all children have a chance to thrive
Human Early Learning Partnership
has recently launched a new online tool that will support schools and communities to explore and use their data from the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI). They're calling it "Discover MDI: A Field Guide to Well-Being in Middle Childhood."
This tool has been created to help you understand and share critical information about the middle years and make use of your MDI data to improve well-being in your community. Click
to learn more.
Hands-on, Experiential Nutrition Education
A resource from the BC Dairy Association
Are you looking for nutrition education resources to help teach BC's new curriculum? Check out what BC Dairy Association offers. This
about our elementary nutrition education programs can be circulated and posted in your school.
are free of charge.