Leading Healthy and Thriving Schools in Hong Kong: Theory and Practice
The theoretical healthy school framework outlined in the main text by Dr Robin Cheung, a seasoned scholar-practitioner in the field of school health promotion, is complemented by success stories written from interviews conducted by Dr Cheung’s co-authors, which are included in the supplemental material of the book. These anecdotes and quotes from these stories enliven the text and narrate how principals in Hong Kong have transformed their schools into successful and thriving health-promoting educational settings. This volume draws particular attention to the role of leadership and management in promoting health and learning in educational and academic settings that will be of interest to school leaders, policy makers, and educators alike.
Leading Healthy and Thriving Schools in Hong Kong: Theory and Practice is the first book in the Healthy Settings Series, which focuses on the upstream, midstream, and downstream approaches for improving population health and reducing health inequity in various settings and contexts.
Over the course of my career, I have found a dearth of literature on how to lead healthy schools. There is a great need for stories of real-life struggles to build healthy schools from scratch and of how to sustain them, as well as for a more academic investigation of the issue. I have also found Hong Kong has been doing well in school health promotion and is a strong, if not leading, voice in this part of the world. We have success stories as well as good theory-based advice to offer that may inspire schools in other regions to engage more in this worthy endeavor. Since my retirement, I have been teaching master’s courses in educational leadership and management at CUHK’s School of Education, so it feels natural for me to try to blend my understanding and practice in both domains.
Chapter 1 Education and Health
Chapter 2 The Hong Kong Context for School Health Promotion
Chapter 3 How to Prepare the School for the Health Promotion Journey
Chapter 4 Setting Out on the Journey
Chapter 5 Leadership of the Healthy School
Chapter 6 Preparing for the Leadership Role
Chapter 7 System Leadership and the Healthy Schools Movement
Chapter 8 Concluding Remarks
Appendix A The WHO’s Definition of a Health-Promoting School
Appendix B The Healthy School Model in Hong Kong
Appendix C Accounts of School Leaders who Succeeded in Leading their Schools towards Health Promotion
Appendix D Promoting School Health as a Christian School Head