Pro­gram gives life lessons to stu­dents

Southern Telegraph - - News - Chloe Fraser

Life Ed­u­ca­tion van and its gi­raffe mas­cot Healthy Harold vis­ited Cal­ista Pri­mary School last week, teach­ing stu­dents about health, drugs and cy­ber­safety.

Work­ing with lo­cal schools, Life Ed­u­ca­tion aims to ed­u­cate young peo­ple about life’s chal­lenges and en­cour­age them to make safer and health­ier choices in­volv­ing drugs and al­co­hol.

One of Life Ed­u­ca­tion’s mo­bile learn­ing cen­tres was sta­tioned at Cal­ista Pri­mary school, cre­at­ing a unique learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment for stu­dents to learn about deci­ing sion mak­ing pro­cesses, con­flict man­age­ment and how to live a healthy life­style.

Life Ed­u­ca­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Bernie Fo­ley said on­line safety was the No.1 con­cern for par­ents, fol­lowed by illegal drugs, smok­ing and al­co­hol.

He said while drug ed­u­ca­tion re­mained a strong pri­or­ity in schools, de­mand for cy­ber­bul­ly­ing pro­grams was also in­creas­ing.

“We have in­tro­duced a new Year 6 mod­ule this year based around build­ing re­la­tion­ships,” he said.

“It’s about pre­par­ing the chil­dren for high school by buildA their re­silience and knowl­edge.”

Up­per pri­mary stu­dents also ben­e­fited from a mod­ule re­lat­ing to le­gal and il­licit drugs, in­clud­ing ice.

Cal­ista Pri­mary School deputy prin­ci­pal Bren­dan Wall said the pro­grams added value to the school’s cur­ricu­lum.

Kwinana Al­coa Re­fin­ery this year re­newed its part­ner­ship with Life Ed­u­ca­tion, al­low­ing schools in Kwinana area to re­ceive the Life Ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams for a fourth year.

The pro­gram was also ex­tended to some schools in Rock­ing­ham.

Pic­ture: Chloe Fraser

Kobi Perveira, 7, An­gella En­riquez, 9, Ruby Pereira, 10, and Hen­rie Owen, 7, vis­ited Life Ed­u­ca­tion's mo­bile learn­ing cen­tre which was sta­tioned at Cal­ista Pri­mary School last week. Photo avail­able at west­pix.com.au

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