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.