School holds health week

2017-05-16 06:02
Leighchele Daniels hosts story reading time with learners of a book called The Bully as part of the school’s health promotion week.

Leighchele Daniels hosts story reading time with learners of a book called The Bully as part of the school’s health promotion week.

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Teachers and learners of Levana Primary School in Lavender Hill truly believe that their health is their wealth.

The school is part of the health-promoting schools initiative and each year they hold a health-themed week when they promote healthy living and eating. They also use the week to ensure their learners know about different diseases.

They held a special assembly on Tuesday 9 May for intermediate phase learners who were taught about hygiene. Emphasis was also put on bullying and the learners were taught good eating habits.

Posters emphasised that everyone must brush their teeth twice a day, wash hands before eating and make sure to eat fruits and vegetables every day.

Joy Benjamin, a teacher, conducted the assembly. She said the week was a special one for the teachers and learners.

“We want all of you to know that it is important to eat healthy and to play nicely with each other. We don’t want children who bully others because it is not nice. Report bullying as soon as it happens. You might have noticed that this week it’s all about eating healthy and there are no lollipops or sweets this week,” she says.

Patricia Bailey, chairperson of the health-promoting schools initiative at the school, says health issues at the school are very important.

“We also have a healthy tuck shop. We have posters around the school on anti-bullying. We have cancer and HIV exhibitions in the foyer so we want everyone to be informed. We will also be deworming our learners. Wellness is very important for us, so we make sure that each year we do something to keep our learners informed,” she say.

Through singing and drama the children were taught about effects of bullying and how to look after themselves to be healthy.

“We want each and every learner to take the message home. We want everyone to take heed of this important message and share it with everyone,” says Nicole Bailey, a teacher and health promoter at the school.

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