The school nursing service and health promotion is an important plus offered by Lope de Vega International School. This service does not only consist of preventing, assisting and treating accidents, illnesses or allergies; or of guarding, storing and supplying the necessary medication; Our school nurse, Ana Hoyo, does important work in health promotion; It carries out many activities and campaigns in collaboration with teachers throughout the year in order to promote healthy lifestyles among students;
Its commitment includes valuable health promotion, ranging from first aid training for teachers and students to promoting healthy eating, blood donation and disease prevention campaigns;
At the school we are committed not only to the individual health of our students, but also to their awareness of the importance of caring for the health of the planet; We believe that educating them in self-care is a fundamental step towards a healthier and more sustainable future;
On World Cardiac Arrest Day, 16 October, our school nurse campaigned to raise awareness of this medical emergency; This year the theme proposed by the Spanish Society of Family and Community Medicine was “Every citizen of the world can save a life”. For this reason, Ana Hoyo carried out different CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) trainings aimed at students of different stages; These trainings are carried out in the school, in an adapted way, from very early ages such as the infant stage; In this way, new generations of citizens are familiar with medical emergencies and how to deal with them;
In addition, the College has two semi-automatic defibrillator devices for cardio pulmonary resuscitation. Likewise, this academic year 2023-24, a new ftraining and official accreditation of 10 Centre staff in CPR and use of the semi-automatic defibrillator. This enables our school community to be prepared to respond effectively in critical situations, strengthening safety and first aid awareness among students, teachers and other staff;
The school nurse of our school works together with the teachers so that the students of Lope de Vega receive an education in which healthy eating plays an important role in the daily life of the school; Projects such as “We are what we eat”, developed throughout the school year by students in Primary 5, focuses on this important aspect. It promotes awareness of the importance of a balanced diet and the crucial role of staying well hydrated;
On the 16th of October, the students of Primary 5, as part of the above mentioned project, were immersed in an informative talk about World Food Day, led by our school nurse; During the talk, our students had the opportunity to ask questions, clarify doubts and receive valuable information;
These activities are aligned with our commitment to promote the importance of following a healthy and sustainable diet in our environment; In addition, we contribute to disseminate the Sustainable Development Goal number 3: Health and Wellbeing.
Blood donation day
Last October took place the annual blood donation day organised at the school thanks to the work of our school nurse in collaboration with the Transfusion Centre of the Valencian Community; This blood donation day was a great success and an extraordinary show of solidarity and commitment; More than fifty donors joined the noble cause.
More than half of the donors were family members, school staff, alumni and, of course, our current cycle students, many of whom made their first donation. This is particularly significant, as 18 people participated as first-time donors;
At Lope de Vega we firmly believe in instilling essential values in our students, and blood donation is an outstanding example of solidarity, generosity and responsibility; We are delighted to see our community coming together to make a real and positive difference to the lives of others;
Before the summer holidays, our school nurse carried out an awareness campaign on photoprotection; The objective: sensitise our schoolchildren to the importance of protecting themselves from the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation and, just as crucially, teach them how to do so effectively.
This is a campaign that is more than necessary if we take into account Benidorm’s geographical location and the city’s microclimate that offers a large number of sunny days and, therefore, a high exposure to UVA rays; The aim is to avoid the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation.