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Schools & Child Care

Supporting the Development of Living Skills in Students


According to the Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum, 2015, living skills are those skills that help students develop resilience, a positive sense of self, develop and maintain healthy relationships, and use critical and creative thinking.

By nurturing and supporting students’ strengths and assets and creating productive opportunities for students to practice applying living skills, schools can make the learning personally relevant for students. Integrating life skills into curriculum and whole school approaches to student well-being supports students’ overall healthy development.

The following programs and information for educators align with the Living Skills components of the Ontario’s 2015 Health and Physical Education and are recommended to build student resilience. They provide opportunities for students to learn and make choices using critical thinking skills and to develop strong relationships which ultimately build resilience.

Student Voice  

'Student voice' encourages students to have a voice in their learning. It helps students be more active citizens and supports student democracy and empowerment.

The health unit supports this vision and invites students to work with us in identifying and addressing health issues within their schools, in partnership with administrators, teachers, parents, health unit staff and other community partners. Students are actively encouraged to work with a Healthy Schools Committee or other existing committee (for example, student council) to address identified issues. This approach encourages students to be leaders and positive role models and recognizes that everyone has a role to play.   

If you're ready to work with us around a student voice project, we're ready to work with you. Contact your Healthy Schools public health nurse through Health Connection  by calling 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520.

Additional Resources

Are you concerned about a student and/or would like additional information related to counselling or community supports? Find out where to get help.


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