IGS welcomes Aussie icon Healthy Harold

“What makes someone a good friend?”

“Always having a smile on their face,” Zoe said.
“Having common interests,” Arlo said. 
“Caring about other people,” Chloee said.

This week our Primary School students welcomed Healthy Harold the giraffe, who is synonymous with the Life Education Australia program, for his annual trip to IGS. 

As part of curriculum studies in PDHPE, all students in our Primary School have already attended, or will be attending a session run by not-for-profit organisation Life Education.

The content varies depending on the age of students and includes food groups, the benefits of physical activity, mental health, friendships and relationships, communication skills and general wellbeing for children. 

Life Education, which visits IGS each year, has been empowering and encouraging young people in Australia to make safer and healthier choices for more than 40 years. The program is designed to equip students with skills to make suitable choices, and how to manage potentially hazardous situations.

Year 2 Gold’s session with Life Education explored health messages, safety signs, nutrition and how physical activity contributes to a healthy lifestyle.

The students engaged with interactive programs that identified everyday situations where hazards may occur, and explored how to react in such instances.

Toward the end of the session, students moved onto the nutrition component of the program, discussing the impact of unhealthy food packaging and how they can detect what really makes up these items. Here the students worked in teams to discuss their favourite healthy food groups and present their findings.After much anticipation, the students were excited to meet Healthy Harold. 

“The most rewarding thing about this job is seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces as they interact with each other to discuss their health and wellbeing.

“It’s like a light bulb moment for the kids when they recognise how important health and safety is, especially at their age, so giving them the information they need to make safer and healthier choices is just so worthwhile for me,” Natassja from Life Education said.
To learn more about Life Education, visit www.lifeeducation.org.au.