Health and Wellbeing

Children and young people need to experience what it feels like to develop, enjoy and live a healthy lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle supports physical, social and emotional wellbeing, and underpins successful learning.

Learning in health and wellbeing ensures that children and young people develop the knowledge and understanding, skills, capabilities and attributes which they need for mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing now and in the future.

Learning through health and wellbeing enables children and young people to:

  • make informed decisions in order to improve their mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing 
  • experience challenge and enjoyment 
  • experience positive aspects of healthy living and activity for themselves 
  • apply their mental, emotional, social and physical skills to pursue a healthy lifestyle 
  • make a successful move to the next stage of education or work 
  • establish a pattern of health and wellbeing which will be sustained into adult life, and which will help to promote the health and wellbeing of the next generation of Scottish children.

It also enables some to perform at high levels in sport or prepare for careers within the health and leisure industries.

At St Mary’s, we follow the Inverclyde Education Authority guidelines which, at each stage, covers topics under the following headings:

  • Nutrition
  • Drug Education
  • Sex Education
  • Road Safety
  • Anti Vandalism

In 2009, the school received accreditation as a Health Promoting School. We are very proud of our work in this field which is led by our Health Group consisting of pupils, staff, parents, Active Health Co-ordinator and Health professionals. They are helped by our Junior Road Safety Officers who recently have been involved in the production of the School Travel Plan with the help of Mr. John Grant.


Physical Education (PE)

Children take part in a range of physical activity, including Gymnastics, Active Health, Games Skills and Dance.

Additional blocks of sports training are provided through support from our Active Schools Co-ordinator.

Parents should note that pupil activities may be restricted because health and safety requirements state that jewellery of any kind must not be worn where pupils are undertaking games or physical activities. This includes jewellery worn as a result of body piercing. We would ask that parents discourage pupils from having body piercing during term time.

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