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Halwin School

Primary School - 84 children

What we do:

Teaching and learning through our core values  - Confidence, Aspiration, Resilience and Enjoyment

Why we became a healthy workplace:

We became a healthy workplace because we realise it is very easy to snacks and pick unhealthy snacks when you are stressed and under constant pressure. Our staff room has become a healthy zone.Only healthy snacks are shared and our weekly rota of bringing in healthy food, is a non-negotiable - with the very occasional homemade cake!

Recent health and well being activities:

We have recently had a water fountain built into the side of the school for all staff and children to enjoy during break and lunch times.

Nature walk through the Lost Garden Of Heligan - 12000 steps!

Our school has its very own polytunnel - of which there are lots of salad and veg being grown for everyone to enjoy..

Meditation techniques used for Year 2 & 6 SATS - staff and children - aimed at relaxing and clearing their minds and not worrying about their papers. 

Success Story:

Colleague has recently been diagnosed with a liver problem. The specialist advised that the staff member reduces alcohol intake and loses weight - eat lots of greens and generally healthy food. There is a target of 2 stones weight loss over the next 12 months. Currently ongoing, staff member has made a start!  Leaflets in staff room and toilets have really helped her and talking to colleagues has helped considerably.

"The work that Kelly has done is fantastic for a small school that is going through a period of change, the awareness of staff well-being has been paramount"

- Director
Stress & Absence - 2014

New research from OnePoll on behalf of life insurance provider Friends Life found that one UK employee in six (16%) called in sick because of stress in the past year (2013), at a cost to employers of more than £460 million in wasted wages per day.

Employee Feedback

"I am lucky to work for an organisation whose management has whole-heartedly supported me throughout the process of obtaining the Healthy Workplace Awards.  The Directors have never said ‘no’ and it is great to know that my employer is interested in everyone’s well-being at work.  Not only have they approved my initiatives but they have also led by example and joined in some of them too.  They have committed, what are for us, scarce resources and agreed more flexible working policies as well as offering support to staff who may struggle with work or with personal problems through solid employment policies and management techniques"- Louise Mallas, YMCA Cornwall

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