Special assembly on cancer

2016-11-01 06:00
Grade 7 learners of Levana Primary School perform a dance at a special assembly as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

Grade 7 learners of Levana Primary School perform a dance at a special assembly as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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Levana Primary School in Lavender Hill sealed off Breast Cancer Awareness Month by holding a special assembly to raise awareness of cancer last Tuesday.

Learners gathered at the assembly point to learn more about the disease. The Grade 6s and 7s were the main target as this is the group that might be starting menstruation.

Patricia Bailey, school health coordinator who organised the event, emphasises that the event was very important for the school.

“We have to teach the kids whilst they are young. As a school we are very active when it comes to health issues and as a health-promoting school we saw it fit to tell our learners more about cancer. If they know what cancer is and how to prevent it and how to deal with it, it will mean in the near future we won’t have so many deaths.

“Our area is affected by so many thing and we have learnt that stress can also contribute to having cancer. So we are equipping these kids with the information that they need to help them in the future,” she says.

School nurse Cheryl Adams spoke at the event about the importance of early detection. She also demonstrated how teachers and learners should examine themselves for lumps.

The nurse went on to say that eating healthy and exercising were very important.

Grade R learners recited a poem to give a message of hope.

The Grade 7s did a play and a dance. They mentioned that cancer was not for men or women specifically – everyone had to be aware of it.

Bailey says looking after one’s self was very important.

“Our health is our wealth. Our aim is for everyone to live a healthy life. We respect those that are still hanging on in the fight and we honour those that have lost the battle. It’s not easy but we believe with giving the right information so much can be done,” she says.

Learners where given pamphlets to take home.

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