Bub­bles and glit­ter event to fight flu

Central Leader - - NEWS -

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.

Pho­tos: ROSE CAWLEY

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.

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