Healthy friend­ship for stu­dents

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News - By FREYA POSTLETHWAITE

PRI­MARY school stu­dents will once again meet a fa­mous friend next term.

Healthy Harold from Life Ed­u­ca­tion Aus­tralia will teach stu­dents at Yar­runga Pri­mary School and Wan­garatta Pri­mary School about their health in term four.

The fa­mous gi­raffe, with as­sis­tance of the ed­u­ca­tion van, aims to get chil­dren en­gaged with all as­pects of the health cur­ricu­lum.

Re­becca Dick­son, an ed­u­ca­tor from Life Ed­u­ca­tion Aus­tralia, said Healthy Harold was a fun way for stu­dents to learn more about re­la­tion­ships, hy­giene, safety and grow­ing up.

“All the kids have lots of fun with Harold,” she said.

“Last year, Yar­runga Pri­mary School did a unit on de­ci­sion mak­ing, re­la­tion­ships and hy­giene.

“We try to keep the stu­dents mov­ing and think­ing so they can be ex­cited and en­gaged about what they’re learn­ing.”

Healthy Harold also vis­ited the Good­start Early Learn­ing Centre last Tues­day to pro­mote Oc­sober, which en­cour­ages people to give up al­co­hol through­out Oc­to­ber.

Ms Dick­son said Oc­sober gave par­ents the op­por­tu­nity to teach chil­dren self-aware­ness and the dan­gers of drug and al­co­hol abuse.

“All pro­ceeds from Oc­sober go straight to Healthy Harold so he can con­tinue to teach chil­dren about health,” she said.

“It is about cre­at­ing aware­ness that giv­ing up al­co­hol for even a month can be so ben­e­fi­cial for your health.”

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www. lifee­d­u­ca­tion.org.au.

HAPPY AND HEALTHY: Yar­runga Pri­mary School stu­dents (back, from left) Heidi Fitz­patrick, Josh Brown, Luke Kleine; (front) In­die Delves, Kasey Pat­ter­son and Li­onel Hug­gins are ex­cited for Healthy Harold to visit their school next term. PHOTO: Emma Hil­lier

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