A healthy space for all

2016-05-17 06:00
Pupils from Levana primary school perform as they celebrate health promotion week at their school, which is  celebrated from Wednesday 11 to 18 May.

Pupils from Levana primary school perform as they celebrate health promotion week at their school, which is celebrated from Wednesday 11 to 18 May.

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Levana Primary School in Lavender Hill held an event to remind their pupils, teachers and the community of the importance of living healthy.

Levana Primary is part of a group of schools which has been promoting health since 2004. From Wednesday 11 to 18 May the school celebrates health promotion week.

On Wednesday last week they had a special assembly where guest speakers emphasised healthy living. Berenice Daniels, the director of Inclusive and Specialised Education Support, also attended the assembly as well as two representatives of the Red Cross Children’s Hospital and two representatives from The Village Old Age Home.

They spoke about the importance of living healthy.

Patricia Bailey, a teacher and the coordinator of the event, says your health is your wealth. “Being healthy is of paramount importance. This is why we take time each year to promote healthy living at our school. Each year we pick a topic to talk about. This year we were talking about diabetes. We also give our learners deworming pills, make sure that the tuck shop is clean and the environment is clean as well. We are a health promoting organisation, so it must show by the things we do,” she says.

Bailey says health promotion is aimed at every one. “It’s for the teachers and the learners. We make sure that everyone can benefit. When a teacher is not well it is difficult to teach, and when a child is not well, its difficult to learn, so we want to make sure that the ground is level. If there is a need to take the child to the hospital, we do so because we want a healthy space for everyone.”

There are a number of things that affect the pupil’s health, she says. “It can be gang violence – our learners witness shootings and some of them see dead people, so it’s our duty as health promoters at the school that we get involved and help them.”

A cheque of R2000 was given to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital. Gift bags with toiletries were given to The Village Old Age Home.

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