En­gag­ing pro­gram

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Tatura Pri­mary School stu­dents have come back from school hol­i­days to meet Healthy Harold the Gi­raffe from the Life Ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram.

The pro­gram is the largest non­govern­ment provider of drug and health ed­u­ca­tion that part­ners with schools to pro­vide tai­lored learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences for Aus­tralian children to make safer life choices.

Life Ed­u­ca­tion Vic­to­ria pro­gram fa­cil­i­ta­tor Gayle Wil­liams said the pro­gram pro­vided teachers with use­ful re­sources used to de­liver prepara­tory and fol­low-up ac­tiv­i­ties.

‘‘It is im­por­tant for par­ents, carers, teachers and the com­mu­nity to help children nav­i­gate the world around them, and to be able to make in­formed de­ci­sions,’’ Mrs Wil­liams said.

She said the pro­gramwas made up of se­quen­tial mod­ules that were de­liv­ered to schools on a year-level ba­sis.

‘‘The learn­ing out­comes in each mod­ule are aligned with rel­e­vant con­tent de­scrip­tors in the Aus­tralian cur­ricu­lum, and are tai­lored to suit stu­dents across dif­fer­ent age groups,’’ Mrs Wil­liams said.

She said the stu­dents re­sponded re­ally well to meet­ing Healthy Harold the Gi­raffe.

‘‘Highly in­ter­ac­tive and en­gag­ing ed­u­ca­tional ses­sions are con­ducted in spe­cially equipped mo­bile learn­ing cen­tres and char­ac­ters — such as Healthy Harold the Gi­raffe — are used to en­gage children, pro­vid­ing them with a mem­ory,’’ Mrs Wil­liams.

The stu­dents spent the day learn­ing about safer and health­ier choices in­clud­ing body knowledge, nu­tri­tion, cy­ber safety and so­cial skills.


What’s good for us?: Tatura Pri­mary School stu­dents Ruby Boyd, James Ross, Mar­lee Cope, Holly Davies and Harry Wood dis­cuss healthy food habits. Pic­tures: Madeleine Cac­cian­iga

In­ter­ac­tive: Life Ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram fa­cil­i­ta­tor Gayle Wil­liams in­tro­duces Healthy Harold the Gi­raffe to the stu­dents.

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