Bubbles and glitter event to fight flu
As sneezing season kicks in to full swing youngsters at Oranga School learnt how to fight the flu.
The primary school in One Tree Hill took part in the hygiene programme, Kleenex Tissues SneezeSafe which has been running in Kiwi schools for 10 years.
Principal Diana Peri says the lesson will help to keep kids at school.
‘‘If they are away with the flu or a bad cold then their learning is disrupted hugely and then they are having to come back and play catch up.’’
To help children learn why they need to trap their sneezes teachers use water spray, bubbles and glitter to show how far and fast a sneeze or a simple hand shake can spread the flu virus. Students are encouraged to use tissues and bin them afterwards, or use cupped hands and wash them, or to catch the sneeze using the inside of their elbow.
Peri says the lesson is important.
‘‘During each winter we will have one or two weeks were classes are down by a third,’’ she says.
‘‘We have to remind parents that if their child has a sore throat or a runny nose then keep them at home, don’t bring them to school where other children can catch it.’’
Ah choo: Students Brooklyn Tupou and Lydia Russ are not so happy to have the spray bottle sneeze cover them in mist.
Hello germs: Ofa Leha spreads around her glitter germs.
Learning fun: Ciara Burke, 5, holds up her glitter covered fingers after shaking hands with an ‘‘infected’’ classmate. The glitter shows the children how easily germs can be spread.