Wellness tops the list

2019-05-21 06:00
Mersedy Arendse with teacher, Fatima Southgate, who has been at the school for about 32 years.

Mersedy Arendse with teacher, Fatima Southgate, who has been at the school for about 32 years.

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Wellness Week at health promoting schools (HPS) came to an end last Friday, but Levana Primary School intends to keep wellness a priority throughout the year.

The primary school entered Wellness Week on Monday 13 May with a special assembly for the learners, to highlight the importance of holding this type of awareness campaign.

As part of the Western Cape Government’s HPS initiative, the school aims to maintain wellness in the bodies and minds of its learners and faculty members. Due to the challenges facing the community, promoting wellness is especially important in Lavender Hill, according to long-standing teacher at the school, Patricia Bailey.

“Wellness is very important because your health is your wealth and I instil that in the learners as well because it’s no use having everything, and you don’t have your wealth,” she said.

“When I speak about health, I don’t only talk about the physical body, but also the emotions. We are there for our learners – even emotionally.”

Last week was also the perfect time for the school to welcome their new school nurse, Bernadette Job, who spoke to the learners about the importance of washing their hands and overall hygiene, during one of the school’s assemblies.

During the week the school held a number of programmes to keep the learners healthy, which included activities by the eco-warriors, yoga sessions and the first harvest of the new school garden which was planted just one month ago by learners. They harvested the vegetables to make soup for the learners and any surplus would be distributed to the community which is largely impoverished.

La-eeq Crossley, a learner at the school who shared his values said: “You must respect other people and have manners and do your homework.”

Another learner, Rianesha Hendricks said that the school has taught her to be respectful, honest and to love everyone. Children are also taught anti-bullying values and tolerance of diversity, and they are able to pledge these values by writing their names on a number of pledge boards supplied by Western Cape Government.

Bailey said that the school would continue to uphold these values throughout the year, and every year, to help create a safer community.


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