The Health Education Department aims to promote holistic wellness in pupils and the staff of Bendemeer Primary School by inculcating good health habits and attitudes in them. They are encouraged to make the right choices to lead a healthy lifestyle.
1. Healthy Meals in Schools Programme
On 18 April 2016, our school started adopting the Healthy Meals in Schools Programme. This programme provides food service guidelines for the school canteen and aims to cultivate good eating habits amongst our pupils and our staff, so that they will be accustomed to consume fruit, vegetables and whole grains as part of their daily diet. The school works together with the stall vendors to ensure that nutritious foods are sold. The stall vendors sell set meals which include a fruit serving. The school also ensures that the sweetened drinks sold carry the Healthier Choice Symbol.
2. Fruttie-Veggie Bite Programme
With the implementation of the Healthy Meals in Schools Programme, our pupils and staff will already have the adequate servings of fruit and vegetables in their set meals. We are inviting our Parent Volunteers once again this year, on the 11th of May, to set up a booth in the canteen to specially prepare healthy snacks using fruits and vegetables for the pupils to sample during recess as part of the programme.
3. ‘Fruit of the Term’ for the staff
In collaboration with Staff Welfare Committee, a fruit is selected and given to each staff every term. Benefits of the fruit selected will be shared with the staff via email to encourage staff to include fruits as part of their daily meals.
4. Dental Talk
The school Dental Therapist conducted the dental health talk for the Primary 1 students on 27 January 2016. The Primary 1 pupils were introduced to dental decay. They also learned proper ways of brushing their teeth.
The Oral Health Promotion Programme for the Primary 3 students took place on the 22 and 29 January 2016. The school dental staff conducted a talk on dental plague. The pupils also went through a session on how to use the disclosing toothpaste and how to brush properly and effectively.
The Primary 5 dental health talk will be held on 19 May 2016. It allows pupils to learn more about gum diseases and oral care. Pupils are reminded to take good care of their teeth and form the habit of brushing their teeth at least twice a day