Health day’s a treat for Alpha teachers

2017-05-09 06:01
One of the teachers of the Alpha School in Woodstock, Yanga Ndlondlwana, during her medical test appointment on the school’s health awareness day.PHOTO: Nomzamo yuku

One of the teachers of the Alpha School in Woodstock, Yanga Ndlondlwana, during her medical test appointment on the school’s health awareness day.PHOTO: Nomzamo yuku

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Teachers of the Alpha School for learners with autism in Woodstock can perform their duties confidently knowing they are in good health.

This is after they had several medical tests done during a health awareness day held at the school last Friday. Tests were done for blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes and HIV.

On the day professional chef and reality TV star Kamini Pather prepared them a healthy meal and local R&B singer Mathew Gold entertained them.

Teachers say the day was very special to them, because it was meant to help them relax, take care of themselves and learn about caring for themselves.

One of the health awareness day organisers at the school, Hazel Whittaker, says: “Being a teacher at an autism school is not an easy, fun job but it requires a lot of energy, love and an ability to act fast. Sometimes you do not even have time to think about yourself because it is your duty to make sure all your learners are treated according to their needs. These children are unique, you have to treat them according to their special needs.

“So this is a very nice day for us and we look forward to its benefits.”

Another teacher, Steven Moolman, says the idea was to invite the service providers to the school to come and promote a healthy living environment. He says their working environment is challenging as they can find themselves dealing with the unexpected.

“Sometimes you find yourself not able to do what you have planned because you have to act on your feet to address a certain behaviour or a particular learner.

“But today we are making sure we are in good health and getting advice on how to basically stay healthy through food (healthy eating). The chef has shared some ideas with us and we have done medical tests.

“We will be confidently doing our jobs now knowing about our statuses,” says Moolman.

Pather said on the day it was an honour for her to be part of the health awareness day at the school.

She told the teachers: “You are what you eat.”

She prepared them a hake and sweet potato cake with cucumber salad and Kewpie mayonnaise.

Gold said it had been fun to try and take stress off the teachers through his music.

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