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WELSH NATIONAL HEALTHY SCHOOLS SCHEME


Three Newport schools have won a top award for being active and healthy.


The National Quality Award is awarded to schools in the scheme who demonstrate excellence in health promotion through education, showing pupils how they can live healthy lives into adulthood.


The award involves seven health themes – food and fitness, mental and emotional health and wellbeing, personal development and relationships, substance use and misuse, environment, safety and hygiene.


Each theme embraces leadership and communication, curriculum, ethos and environment, and family and community involvement.


The three local schools who have achieved the National Quality Award


are Eveswell Primary, who initially achieved this in 2007 and who have been re-accredited for sustainability and improvement in 2014; Lliswerry Primary who achieved their award in 2014 and Langstone Primary who achieved their’s in 2015.


Newport City Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Young People, Councillor Debbie Wilcox, said: “ This is a fantastic achievement for all those involved.The council is delighted that three of our schools have received this award. Well done everyone.”


Newport mayor, Councillor Herbie Thomas, added his congratulations to the schools: “ I would like to thank all the teachers and pupils who took part in this award. Your commitment to the scheme is commendable and deserving of this recognition.”


Newport City Council is very proud of all three schools who received glowing reports demonstrating that they didn’t just pass, they were exceptional in their health promotion work.


A National Quality Award is made after two assessors visit a school over two days touring the school accompanied by a small group of pupils, visiting at breakfast, lunchtime and after school clubs. In the background, healthy schools coordinators were also involved in delivering training, leading network sharing sessions and secondments to the local authority to share their expertise.


Cllr Debbie Wilcox and Cllr Herbie Thomas, Mayor of Newport, with some of the winners.


ACTIVE


JOURNEYS PROGRAMME FOR SCHOOLS


Sustrans has officially launched the Active Journeys Programme which includes a new advice service for schools in Wales.


This advice service comprises of two elements; an info line that schools can contact for advice and guidance and planned proactive communications to promote what they offer to schools.


PLEASE PARK CAREFULLY


Newport City Council would like to remind all parents and carers who use a vehicle to take a child to school to be considerate when dropping children off.


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They are also planning a bi-monthly communication and if anyone has any suggestions for case studies to be included please feel free to get in touch with them.


They shared information about the programme and advice service through social media (e.g. Twitter - SustransCymru) and referred schools to their recently revamped schools webpage.


Drivers must take account of all local parking restrictions, and should also consider the safety of all pedestrians and other road users at all times.


Gwent Police are responsible for enforcing parking regulations, but in the light of recent complaints, the council would like to remind people not to park on any grass verges or pavements which could endanger the public’s safety.


You can access this page at www.sustrans.org.uk/ wales/education


and for Welsh medium schools www.sustrans.org.uk/ cymru/addysg


They also sent a newsletter to schools in Wales. To sign up email: schoolswales@sustrans.org.uk


A new breastfeeding initiative is being launched in Newport which is being funded by Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and Newport City Council, under the One Newport partnership.


The Breastfeeding Welcome scheme encourages all premises, which are open to the public in Newport, to support breastfeeding families outside of the home by being welcoming, friendly and supportive.


The hope is that breastfeeding will become normalised


and breastfeeding families will feel more comfortable and confident about feeding their babies in public places and spaces. Any premises displaying this logo have attended a breastfeeding awareness session and are committed to being a Breastfeeding Welcome premises.


If you are a business or organisation that would like to be a part of this scheme, or a breastfeeding family that would like to suggest public places to be a part of this scheme, contact 01633 656 656 or email: one.newport@newport.gov.uk


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