The Health and Wellness committees support the school in creating a healthy environment for students. Focus is placed on charitable giving, caring community, eco-initiatives, mindfulness & mental health and nutrition.
This committee helps organize any charitable activities undertaken by teachers and charitable organizations. It is responsible for organizing and implementing any charitable activities such as food and clothing drives and fundraising related to special relief efforts.
Charitable Liaison Coordinator – Amber Christie
The APA supports initiatives designed to improve the physical safety of students. In addition, we promote ways to facilitate respect and empathy, and to cope with peer pressure issues.
Caring Community Coordinator –
Safe Arrival Program
The Safe Arrival Program ensures that all students are present at school or accounted for after both the morning and the lunch entry bells. Student late arrivals and absences must be reported by calling 416-393-9115. When leaving a message for Safe Arrival volunteers, please clearly state the date, the absent student’s name and room number. Planned absences due to vacations or appointments can be reported ahead of the absence.
Safe Arrival Program Co-ordinator – Andrea McReynolds
EcoSchool and Environmental Awareness
Allenby is committed to being as environmentally responsible as possible. We are a platinum-rated EcoSchool. Ontario EcoSchools is a program that provides strict guidelines on teaching students to be environmentally conscious, as well as ensuring the school uses environmentally responsible operating practices.
In partnership with the administration, the APA promotes environmental awareness and action within the school community through environmentally-friendly practices such as communicating primarily through e-mail, using two-sided copies, recycling and conducting all registrations and payments online. In the school community, we support Boomerang (litterless) lunches, recycling programs, and anti-idling programs.
The EcoSchools program has components in four key areas: environmental literacy, waste minimization, energy conservation, and greening of the school grounds.
For more information on EcoSchools, visit the Toronto District School Board’s EcoSchools web pages.
EcoSchool/Environment Coordinator –
We’d like to stress that there is no stigma to having lice and anyone can get it. It is however very important to stress to parents that if their kids do have lice, it’s necessary to let the school know and make sure that their child is checked at the office before they go back to school.
Nit Works has provided us with some very interesting information on lice: Nit Works Facts of Lice.
We are fortunate at Allenby to have the services of Nit Works to conduct lice checks on all students (except those whose parents have indicated otherwise on the consent form). Lice checks happen three times a year during high risk times (after summer vacation, winter break and March break). Parents are asked to send students to school with “easy to check” hair (loose or simple pony tail). Volunteers are always appreciated to help escort students to and from the inspection location.
Mental Health and Mindfulness
A key priority of the school, the APA supports efforts to introduce and educate our students on Mental Health and Mindfulness. Students participate in at least one period a week devoted solely to this topic and the APA is recruiting parents to share their own insights and expertise on Mental Health and Mindfulness.
Mental Health and Mindfulness Coordinator – Louise McCrindle