Sky Blue Team initiative
The winners of the hotly anticipated Healthy and Happy School Award have been announced and the event has revealed just how focused and passionate schools in Dubai truly are about improving and maintaining the wellbeing and happiness of their students.
Designed by a cross governmental team to recognise schools that are focusing on students’ wellbeing was always the main goal of the initiative, but its impact runs much deeper.
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Healthy and Happy School Award (H2 School Award) entries
The Healthy and Happy School Award (H2 School Award) received entries from 28 schools in Dubai, including one nursery.
See clips from all the submissions here
Healthy and Happy School Award (H2 School Award) shortlist
From the 28 schools that entered the Healthy and Happy School Award (H2 School Award), 12 schools made the shortlist.
Healthy and Happy School Award (H2 School Award) winners
So which schools were awarded for happiness? After much deliberation, an international jury selected three schools in Dubai as winners of the first Happy and Healthy School (H2) Award hosted by the City Makers’ Sky Blue team.
From the 28 schools that applied for the award, the jury agreed that these three schools ran wellbeing and happiness initiatives that demonstrated a well-balanced approach, creative innovation and effective results for students, staff and even parents.
Healthy and Happy School (H2) Award
The Swiss International Scientific School
Aimed at improving healthy eating and active living, Swiss International’s school-wide initiatives range from an organic garden, which is maintained by students and provides fresh vegetables for them to eat, learning through play and movement and even a Sunshine Committee offering appreciation, student rewards and social activity planning, all resulting in a wonderfully positive learning and working environment for the whole school.
Most Innovative School in Implementing Health and Wellbeing Programmes
GEMS Wellington Academy
Healthy eating champions motivate peers, while dedicated parents help with a successful nutritional policy at GEMS Wellington. The school even has Pastoral Ambassadors (students), who mediate and promote happiness to the whole school community. Mindfulness, the promotion of systemic positive competition and a healthy lifestyle week ensure that everyone is able to continually celebrate their successes.
Star of the Community
Dubai English Speaking School
Its efforts in promoting excellent wellbeing activities to the whole school, as well as the Dubai community meant DESS was the perfect winning choice for this award. A Wellbeing Committee provides staff with the opportunity to relax and de-stress, while programmes including mindfulness, meditation, yoga and gardening keep the students busy and more importantly, happy.
The School of Research Science
Special mention for the most creative video to The School of Research Science.