Waterloo Region, ON – Fourteen Waterloo Catholic District School Board schools have been awarded “Healthy Schools” certifications by the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association (OPHEA). Nine WCDSB schools were certified last year, while four made the mark in 2016-17.
The school board saw a significant increase in the number of schools achieving the GOLD standard in 2018-19 – moving from four schools last year to 12 schools this year.
And all five WCDSB secondary schools were certified, with four of them reaching GOLD standard.
Christ the King Catholic Elementary School
Holy Rosary Catholic Elementary School
Monsignor EA Doyle Catholic Secondary School
Resurrection Catholic Secondary School
St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School
St. David Catholic Secondary School
St. Elizabeth Catholic Elementary School
St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School
St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Elementary School
St. Michael Catholic Elementary School
St. Nicholas Catholic Elementary School
St. Peter Catholic Elementary School
St. Boniface Catholic Elementary School Silver
St. Mary’s Catholic Secondary School Bronze
Participating schools across Ontario completed the 6-Step Healthy Schools Process, which aligns with the Ministry of Education’s Foundations for a Healthy School This process guides a school community through planning and implementation of a range of activities for a selected priority health topic. The process is annual, repeating each school year, and flexible for all communities across Ontario to sustain year over year. School teams focus on one of the following six health topics:
- Physical Activity
- Healthy Eating
- Personal Safety and Injury Prevention
- Growth and Development
- Mental Health
- Substance Use, Addictions and Related Behaviours
The Waterloo Catholic District School Board, representing more than 96,000 Catholic school supporters, operates 52 schools and five adult education facilities serving more than 40,000 elementary, secondary and continuing education students in Waterloo Region – continuing a 183-year tradition of quality, inclusive, faith-based education. Follow us on Twitter: @WCDSBNewswire – #WCDSBAwesome.
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