A healthy school is one which actively promotes and protects the physical, mental and social health and wellbeing of its community through positive action by such means of policy, strategic planning and staff development, with regard to its curriculum, ethos, and physical environment and community relations.


At Penglais School we actively encourage pupils and staff to adopt a healthy lifestyle in a number of ways, for example:


  • Maintaining and enhancing the school environment through attractive corridor displays, seating areas, refurbishment of classrooms and buildings.
  • Providing interesting and healthy food options in the canteen.
  • Encouraging pupils to participate in extra-curricular clubs such as 5x60.
  • Promoting a positive ethos and celebrating achievement with end of year and mid- year celebration of achievement ceremonies and merit awards.
  • Encouraging good relationships between pupils through anti-bullying and anti- racism education.
  • Giving the opportunity for pupils to be part of the decision making process in aspects of school life and environment through school council elections and meetings.
  • Supporting pupils with emotional health problems through the school councillor and liaison with outside agencies
  • Educating pupils about aspects of health through subjects and external organisations.
  • Training teachers to be good role models for pupils.
  • Providing good quality teaching that stimulates and challenges all pupils to achieve their best.


Mrs C. Hague (D&T)

Penglais School Healthy Schools Coordinator


Keep the lunchbox cool, covered and safe.
Packed lunches can be a breeding ground for food poisoning bacteria if left in a warm place such as a school bag of classroom for a long period of time.  Potentially hazardous foods include but are not limited to meat, poultry, diary, eggs, soy protein, cooked rice, cooked or open canned beans, cooked pasta and some non-acidic fruit such as melons.  If there is a very long period of time between when the lunch leaves the fridge at home and when it is eaten at school, bacteria can multiply in your child's food.

Tips for keeping lunch boxes safe and cool:
Encourage children not to keep their lunchboxes near radiators or hot pipes.


  • Insulated boxes, small ices packs and mini-cool bags will help.
  • A frozen carton of drink can double up as an ice pack.
  • It is good practice to chill your child's sandwiches before packing and use ingredients from the fridge where possible.
  • You child's lunchbox/ bag should be cleaned out after use.


  • 'Thermoplastic' (hard plastic) bottle are more suited to constant reuse compared to disposable type bottles.  They are generally more robust and the plastic does not break down so easily.
  • Water bottle should only be filled with water from a drinking water tap that takes water direct from the rising main and not from a tap that is fed from a water storage tank.
  • Any left over water at the end of the school day should be discarded.
  • It is recommended that where possible children take their water bottle home at the end of each day so that they can be thoroughly cleaned.
  • Water bottle should be washed in warm soapy water on a daily basis, or more often if required.

There are many benefits of water provision, nut it is important to keep bottles clean!