AVRCE Healthy School Communities

Changing the context in our school communities to make them healthier places to learn and grow!

The Latest News!

NEW! Scholarship opportunity for graduating students in the County of Kings. Check out the application HERE

NEW! CELEBRATING 100 applications to Positive Noise! Check out the list of funded projects HERE

Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence: A Nova Scotia Resource has added new learning modules HERE

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2019-20 Positive Noise Applications are OPEN!

Explore these resources to help you with your Healthy School Community initiatives:

Interested in learning about what it takes to build a Healthy School Community? Check out this short video from OPHEA.

A day in the life of a Healthy School Community...

Healthy Relationships

Quality relationships among students, staff, families & the wider community influence positive mental health and increase competence, autonomy, and connectedness.

Healthy Food Environments

School communities create & support healthy eating environments which foster life-long healthy development and enhance students’ ability to learn.

Edible school gardens across AVRCE offer experiential learning linked to curriculum. Benefits include increased academic performance, nutritional, mental & physical health outcomes

Watch the video above to hear what students at Berwick & Dist School think about the Pay-What-You-Can lunch program at their school!

Active Living

There is a link between physical activity and learning, with more active students reporting higher levels of academic achievement, greater satisfaction with their learning & positive mental health.


Healthy Practices

Healthy practices are actions related to tobacco and substance misuse, safety & injury prevention, personal health, environmental health, anaphylaxis, sexual health and media awareness. Students who feel good about their school & feel connected to significant adults in their life are less likely to engage in high risk behaviours.

  • Grade 7 immunization clinic
  • Fluoride Mouth Rinse Program
  • Health, Education & Recreation partners working together to support Healthy School Communities
  • Restorative approaches
  • Peer education
  • Students as change agents