Scoil Eoin is a proud to be a Health Promoting School. Health Promotion involves many areas including promotion healthy eating and healthy lunches, promotion increased activity, promoting emotional well-being and mindfulness. Scoil Eoin pursues a wide range of health promoting activities throughout the school year. We encourage parents to take a special interest in these activities at the beginning of the school year. There is a monthly focus in the school and Miss Appleby, our Health Coordinator keep the school community informed. Healthy Eating Week is a week that the boys enjoy every year, especially the fruit treats! It is important to remember that creating a healthy lifestyle for a a child at a young age, will benefit him throughout his life. As the old Irish saying goes “Is fearr an tsláinte ná na táinte”.
The awarding of our Healthy Ireland flag was a particular highlight and a reward for our work in this area.
Scoil Eoin had cause for tremendous celebrations and great pride on Friday, 18th November, when the school raised it’s Healthy Ireland Flag! This award is the culmination of two years of hard work, commitment and endeavour, which involved the whole school community. As someone who personifies these values every day that she trains and competes, Sanita Puspure was the perfect choice for guest of honour to mark this fantastic occasion. Double Olympian, bronze medalist at this year’s World Rowing Cup and European Rowing Championships, as well as Scoil Eoin parent, she was honoured to be chosen to raise the flag.
Welcoming the pupils, staff and special guests, Principal, Bean Uí Nuanáin proudly said that “Today is a great achievement for Scoil Eoin and a reflection of the fantastic work that is always being done in the school. This flag is the culmination of years of health promotion”.
Eileen Haran the Health Promoting Officer with the Health Service Executive was one of the specially invited guests at the flag raising ceremony. The Healthy Ireland – Health Promoting Schools’ (HPS) Flag is presented by the H.S.E. to schools as an acknowledgement of their work in improving the health and wellbeing of their school communities. She was delighted to attend the “fabulous event” and raise the Healthy Ireland Flag. She praised the many initiatives undertaken by the school and was proud to raise the flag at such a “brilliant school”, one of the first primary schools in Ireland to receive the flag.
The school’s success in the Healthy Ireland programme, has been attributed to the hard work of the Healthy Eating committee in Scoil Eoin. The committee has been busy monitoring and encouraging everyone in the school under the dedicated leadership of the co-ordinators, Ms. Appleby. Ms. Jane Appleby, Healthy Eating Co-ordinator said “Scoil Eoin is delighted to receive a Health Promoting School Flag. Staff, pupils and parents work together throughout the school year, to take care of our physical, social and emotional health. We use a policy of inclusion and encouragement to promote a healthy lifestyle for all. We remember the Old Irish saying “Ar scáth a chéile a mhairimid” and also that “our health is our wealth”.