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Three Orillia schools recognized as active-living champions

Ophea feted schools for celebrating, promoting and enhancing well-being of students, staff and community; Twin Lakes, Uptergrove and Orchard Park recognized
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An Orchard Park Public School athlete sprints down the hill during the Grade 4 boys race at last year's Simcoe County Elementary School Cross Country Running Championship. The Orillia school has been recognized for promoting healthy, active living. Dave Dawson/OrilliaMatters File Photo

Students and staff at 12 Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) schools are proud to have earned Healthy Schools certifications from Ophea. Ophea is a not-for-profit organization that champions healthy, active living in schools and communities and leads the provincial Healthy Schools initiative. 

Ophea’s Healthy Schools Certification recognizes and celebrates school communities for promoting and enhancing the health and well-being of students, school staff and the broader community.

Participating schools complete the Six-Step Healthy Schools Process, which aligns with the Ministry of Education’s Foundations for a Healthy School resource. Through a point-based system, schools plan their Healthy Schools process over the course of the school year, outlining the steps needed to achieve certification and apply to be certified as a gold, silver or bronze.

“I thank all of our SCDSB school communities for their continued dedication and commitment to physical and mental health and well-being,” says Michael Giffen, Superintendent of Education. “I am pleased to recognize those schools who have been certified or have received gold status from Ophea.”

This school year, Ophea modified their approach, certifying all schools who reported on steps one to four of the six-step process (regardless of point totals), and certifying all schools who met the minimum point total for certification (800 points) and passed an Ophea audit in May 2020 as gold.

SCDSB schools earned seven certifications and five golds:

Huronia Centennial Elementary School 
Alliston Union Public School 
Uptergrove Public School (Orillia)
Tecumseth Beeton Elementary School 
Terry Fox Elementary School 
Trillium Woods Elementary School 
Assikinack Public School 

Twin Lakes Secondary School (Orillia)
Minesing Central Public School 
Maple Grove Public School 
Orchard Park Public School (Orillia)
Bear Creek Secondary School 

View the full list of 137 healthy schools certifications from across Ontario.