Maungaturoto School has been awarded $5000 to further improve their health and activity environments after winning the first Northland Energize ‘School of the Year’ competition.
Energize is an initiative working primarily with decile 1-4 primary and intermediate schools to improve children’s physical activity and nutrition, and ultimately to improve their overall health, while helping schools achieve their education outcomes. Participating schools were asked to showcase how their practices and environment promote physical activity and nutrition.
Over 20 schools entered the competition with some very compelling applications put forward. The winners were chosen for demonstrating a wide range of practical examples of their School focusing on physical education, sport, play, consistent nutrition messaging and promotion of lifelong healthy habits.
Warren Moetara, service manager for Ngā Tai Ora, the public health unit at Northland District Health Board, said it was pleasing to see schools showing how Energize had made a difference for them.
“Entrants spoke about the changes they had made as a result of being an Energize school and how these benefitted their students and communities as well.
“There is a lot of great work going on throughout Northland Schools, promoting health and activity. With only three points separating the winners, it was a close contest,” Warren said.
The high quality presentations and videos received from across Northland provide countless examples of the great work done within schools.
“Sport Northland has helped equip teachers with ideas on how to teach all curriculum areas outside the classroom or through physical activity. Which is not only benefitting our children’s learning experience but also their general health and wellbeing.”
With support from Northland DHB, the winners of the School of the Year competition receive a contribution towards improving their health or activity environments even further.
1st prize of $5,000 awarded to Maungaturoto School
2nd prize of $3,000 awarded to Opononi Area School
3rd prize of $2,000 awarded to Whananaki School