We are working towards becoming an accredited 'Healthy School' with Stockton Borough Council. Here are some of the ways we encourage healthy bodies and minds at Hardwick Green.
Children in school have learned about Ollee. Ollee is a digital friend for children aged 8-11 – created by Parent Zone and funded by BBC Children in Need’s A Million & Me initiative. It helps them explore feelings around school, family, friends and the world – and share advice with a parent or trusted adult.
Children can tell Ollee how they’re feeling and it will give them ideas about what to do. If they’re not sure, Ollee will help them figure it out. Together, parents and children can share Ollee’s advice and talk about feelings together through connected accounts.
Try it out now in a web browser or download the app to your device: https://app.ollee.org.uk/#/welcome
Our staff have a clear understanding of the importance of good mental health. Mr Story, our Principal, has completed the DfE-backed Senior Leader Mental Health Training course, and Mrs Scott, our Year 1/2 teacher, is a registered Mental Health First Aider.
Our school has high-quality, nutritious food available every day - see our menus here. We also take part in Meat Free Mondays. Our school dinners contain no meat on a Monday; instead we offer a wide variety of vegetarian food including vegetable fajitas, Quorn lasagne and vegetable stir fry.
At home, you could use the NHS scanner app to make healthy swaps!
We offer two hours of PE a week at Hardwick Green. On top of this, we encourage active break and lunch times, and offer a wide range of active sports clubs. You can read the timetable here. To further encourage an active lifestyle, we take part in the WOW Living Streets challenge, which you can read about here. This rewards children for making an active journey to school. Our school also takes part in the 'Daily Mile' - 15 minutes of running a day! You can read more about the Daily Mile here.
We have an active and engaging school council model that you can read more about here. Children also take part in an annual survey to give their ideas on what we can do to improve for them.
We have a welcoming and supportive ethos for all parents, carers and members of the community. You can meet Gemma, our Education Welfare Officer, here. She will be happy to help with issues at home, including behaviour and attendance & punctuality.