Celebrating Healthy Schools
The Flintshire Healthy Schools annual Celebration of Achievement event took
place recently at Ysgol Gwynedd, Flint.
This uplifting and inspiring event is organised by the Healthy Schools scheme,
which is part of the Council’s Education and Youth directorate. For the first
time this year, the event was celebrated jointly with the Flintshire Primary
School Games Association. The event recognises the achievements of schools in
all aspects of health education and sport.
Pupils from schools across the county attended to receive their awards from the
Chair of the Council, Councillor Peter Curtis, Cabinet Member for Education,
Councillor Chris Bithell and Chief Officer for Education and Youth, Ian Budd.
Kate Fox-Parry, Chair of Flintshire Primary Schools Games Association and Head
of Ysgol Cae’r Nant, welcomed everyone to the event which included outstanding
performances of dance (St Mary’s RC School), cheerleading (Wood Memorial CP
School) and gymnastics (Ysgol Bryn Coch) as well as a presentation from Cornist
Park eCadets showing how they keep their pupils, staff and local community safe
online. Ysgol Cae’r Nant also gave a presentation on what it means to be a
Councillor Peter Curtis presented ten schools with Healthy Schools Awards –
ranging from Phase 2 to Phase 5 of the programme. The Chairman said:
“Today highlights the excellent work underway in our schools as part of the
ongoing commitment to the Healthy Schools Scheme – well done to everyone
Councillor Bithell then presented the Flintshire Team Sports Awards, covering a
range of sports including rounders, hockey, athletics, cricket, rugby and
football. The Large School Indoor Athletics Champions were Ysgol Bryn Coch,
who deserve a special mention because they were also overall North Wales
The biggest awards of the morning were the presentations of the National
Quality Award for Healthy Schools. Three schools Cornist Park School, Mountain
Lane Primary School and Southdown Primary School achieved accreditation and
three schools were successfully re-assessed – Ysgol Cae’r Nant, Ysgol Gwynedd
and Ysgol Bryn Coch.
The schools received their awards from Ian Budd who said:
“The National Quality Award is the highest accolade in the scheme and schools
must complete five phases before being eligible for the award – on average this
can take 10 years to achieve! The National Quality Award involves developing a
whole-school approach to issues that impact health and wellbeing; they include
seven different health themes ranging from Emotional Health, Food and Fitness
to Environment and Safety.
“A huge congratulations to all schools on such an achievement! There are now
seven schools in Flintshire which have achieved the National Quality Award and
across Wales only 116, which is why we are celebrating today!”
Alongside the Healthy School awards, there were special presentations for Osian
Jones from Ysgol Glanrafon who was awarded Male Most Promising Sportsperson
2016 and Chloe Creedy from St Winefride’s School for Female Most Promising
Sportsperson award. This year’s winners of the Outstanding Contribution to
Sport in Flintshire was awarded jointly to Mr Andrew Jones and Mr David
Nickless for their contribution to Flintshire School Boys Football spanning
over twenty years.
Councillor Chris Bithell, Cabinet Member for Education, added:
“This is a very special celebration event and I always look forward to
attending. It is important that we recognise the sporting achievements of
children and young people and celebrate the county’s talented athletes.
“The Healthy Schools Scheme has been running for 14 years in Flintshire and it
goes from strength to strength. It’s wonderful to see the children so engaged
and enthusiastic to embrace every aspect of this inspirational scheme – long
may it last.”