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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
Top tip! No hiding from work email for employees

Companies need to set clear policies on acceptable use of work email, as well as regarding when to switch off - employees need to know it is OK to let work email that arrived after hours wait until the morning.

Working Days Lost

According to HSE, 36 million days were lost in 2008 as a result of work-related ill health or workplace injury. The worst performing organisations lost an average of 12 working days per employee [CBI/AXA].

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