SCHOOL: Ranch Park Elementary School, SD #43
INQUIRY: Will student levels of physical activity increase by increasing student access to school indoor and outdoor facilities during non-instructional times throughout the school day?
CSH STRATEGIES: Ranch Park Elementary School focused their inquiry on enhancing students’ physical activity levels through increased opportunities, utilization of facilities and student leadership. Intermediate students learned about leadership and were trained as playground leaders, monitors as well as in other areas to promote and ensure safe activity. A wide variety of activities were available to students to participate in, including activities that were run by student leaders as well as some activities that were made available through other organizations, such as Action Schools! BC. Ranch Park Elementary ensures all students get at least 30 minutes of daily physical activity as outlined in the DPA policy. By providing student leadership opportunities, school connectedness was enhanced and a greater sense of community within the school was developed.
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SCHOOL: Sen Pok Chin School, SD #53 (Independent School)
INQUIRY: How will involving students in the garden reconnect them to the land and their understanding of their traditional roles as caretakers of the land?
CSH STRATEGIES: Sen Pok Chin School involved students in several different aspects of tending to the school garden as a way to help connect students to their traditional values as caretakers of the land. Students learned skills to care for the garden as well as traditional ceremonies and harvesting practices. Students regularly interacted with their peers and adults in the community garden where they were able to observe garden maintenance and harvesting. Sen Pok Chin ensured all students had access to healthy food and foods from the garden were used as part of the salad bar, which is offered twice a week to students. Sen Pok Chin also partnered with the Okanagan Nation Alliance who supported the school with the necessary supplies for the garden. They also partnered with the Interior Healthy Authority, who provided further support for their inquiry project.
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Healthy Relationships / Partnerships and Services
SCHOOL: LV Rogers Secondary School, SD #8
INQUIRY: If the grade 12 Recreational Leadership students complete 4 initiatives in the community, will it result in improved relationships between the grads and the school and the community that supports the graduation class?
CSH STRATEGIES: Leadership students at LV Rogers Secondary wanted to improve the relationship between the school and the community. Students learned about inquiry, the Healthy Living Performance Standards and creating an action plan in order to help provide them with guidance and direction, as well as examples of ways to foster healthy relationships. While the teachers supported the students through the inquiry process, they took ownership and were encouraged to respectfully solve problems amongst themselves before asking for a teacher to intervene. Students worked all over the community, in various volunteer positions, helping to fundraise for the community, partnering with other schools in the community, hosting events at their school that were also open to the community, and performing ‘random acts of kindness’ for their families and communities.
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SCHOOL: Blewett Elementary School, SD #8
INQUIRY: Will a focus on teaching effective hand-washing skills and concepts related to positive health habits that prevent the spread of diseases increase the level of achievement as measured by the Healthy Practices Performance Standards?
CSH STRATEGIES: The school partnered with a local pharmacist and pharmacy assistant that went to the school to teach students about proper hand washing and why it’s important. A hand washing resource kit from the District Resource Centre that detailed further instructions was available to students and there were also posters around the school promoting hand washing. Hand washing was encouraged after each break and before any snack or meal. The custodians at the school also ensured the soap and paper towel dispensers were kept full so students were able to wash their hands.
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