The Division believes that student success is linked to student well-being and the development of social-emotional assets that build resiliency. The development of citizenship and social responsibility contribute to wellness and are integral to the delivery of a broad and comprehensive program of studies.
We are dedicated to the development of the whole child. This is a significant goal for the Division and it is expected that a commitment to wellness is modelled at all levels of education (staff, students and community).
Originally launched as the Youth Resiliency Initiative back in 2012, Parkland School Division's Wellness Initiative is focused on working collectively with staff, caregivers and community to provide programming supports and services aimed at fostering wellness within Parkland School Division schools.
Through collaborative partnerships (including the Alberta Healthy Schools Wellness Fund and many others), several universal programs and initiatives have been successfully integrated to nurture the well-being of all children, youth and families in our schools.
The Wellness Initiative will include the following four perspectives in fostering well-being:
A focus on the role of schools in promoting and addressing mental health, which includes mental health promotion, mental illness prevention and early identification and intervention, as well as mental health literacy and stigma reduction.
A focus on the development of key social and emotional competencies that are linked to positive life outcomes, such as healthy relationships, self-awareness and resilience, and/or skills for success such as critical thinking and decision-making and the social return on investment.
Determinants of Well-Being
A focus on the factors related to well-being such as nutrition, physical activity and health, physical spaces and the built environment, the arts, socio-economic status and more. There are a diverse range of organizations that are focused on one or more of these topics and their connection to schools.
There is an existing dialogue about how the education system must shift to meet 21st century realities and better support student success. Within this dialogue is major emphasis on more holistic and "whole school" approaches to promoting student well-being and success (e.g. comprehensive school health).
A group of community organizers, social workers, public health professionals, educators and concerned citizens of the Parkland Tri-Area in Alberta, Canada, including Spruce Grove, Stony Plain and Parkland County, initiated a Change Summit for our area. The following video highlights the Change Summit involving community members from all over including Parkland School Division.
The Health Champions in each of our schools are working collaboratively with the division’s Wellness Coordinator, Alberta Health Services and Ever Active Schools to develop annual action plans to promote healthier lifestyles for students.
In partnership with Canadian Sport 4 Life and Ever Active Schools, Parkland School Division has partnered with recreation and sports to build capacity in the area of physical literacy throughout our classrooms because evidence demonstrates that this form of literacy is linked to lifelong wellness.
Grab 'N’ Go Breakfast Program
Breakfast is essential to starting a school day in a successful way. For this reason, our school division is committed to working with Freson Bros. Fresh Market and Spruce Grove Save on Foods to support school breakfast programs for all students.
Sponsored by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Parkland School Division has 27 aeroponic indoor gardening towers to enhance learning and support nutritious food cultivation throughout the school year. This project is designed for and led by students from Grades K-12.
The Try-Me Try-Athlon is a Kids of Steel (KOS) triathlon, which is held each June in Spruce Grove. KOS Triathlons are designed to offer youth the opportunity to experience the sport of triathlon in a positive environment. The distances are much shorter than those in adult triathlons and change as participants mature. A winter version of the Try-Athlon, which incorporates skating, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing, is scheduled to be held in February, weather permitting.
The Rainbow Connection was created to increase the amount of vegetables and fruit that children and youth aged 4-13 eat each day. Teachers, parents, students and others can use this resource in a variety of ways, including teaching healthy eating, facilitating taste testing and packing healthy lunches. The Rainbow Connection was developed using Alberta Health Services' School Nutrition website and Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide.
Rainbow Connection Teaching Guides are available from Parkland School Division; visit the link below for more information on how to order.