Find out how Move Well Eat Well schools are making healthy eating and physical activity a normal, enjoyable part of every child's day by clicking on each icon.
Campania District School are using a whole-school approach to encourage drinking water as the drink of choice. They have put water coolers in classrooms, water containers outside for refilling drink bottles on hot days, and are displaying posters showing the benefits of drinking water as opposed to other drinks (+ newsletter articles). Only water bottles are allowed to be kept on desks during class times.2016
St James Catholic College, Cygnet have installed a purpose-built water bottle refill station. They are promoting sustainability and promoting drinking water at the same time. 2013
Somerset Primary are encouraging all students to drink water regularly by displaying Tap into Water Everyday signs in each classroom. This is also a great reminder for teachers and parents. Print 'Tap into Water Everyday' signs for your classroom. 2012
Evandale Primary did a school survey to work out the starting points for Move Well Eat Well and where there was room for improvement. They added a question about drink bottle contents: What do you mostly have in your drink bottle at School? (always water/sometimes water/cordial/juice/other). 2012
Sheffield School's Design Technology students designed and constructed water bottle racks for all primary classes. To ensure that students are always able to access and consume water their bottles stay at school. At the beginning of the school day students select their bottle off the rack and fill it up. At the end of the day children wash their bottles and place them on the rack to dry over night.2010
Souper Schools! Find out how some Move Well Eat Well Member schools have become 'Souper Schools' and made their own delicious soups.2013
Strahan Primary has been cooking up some amazing treats for their students, and not blowing the budget. Pizza day, pumpkin and bacon risotto, roast chicken salad with mustard dressing, pumpkin and spinach cannelloni and smoothies have all been on offer to increase the healthy offerings and to expand students' food experiences. The program revolves around "specials" being cooked and served at school, taking advantage of seasonal production in the school garden and the expertise of the school chaplain, Mr. B, and students. Mr. B chooses a recipe, always trying to expose the students to some new flavours or styles of cooking, but with simple child friendly seasoning and ingredients.
"The students help in the garden and then always harvest to add to our cooking," says Principal Courtney Howard.
"The other week we had a whole class demolish a huge bowl of roast chicken and vegetable salad on garden greens. We made a honey mustard and vinegar dressing to go with it. The 4/5/6 class prepared the meal, but I was shocked to see and hear that every one of them enjoyed it. Most of them had seconds and a few were a bit upset that we ran out when they wanted thirds," Mr Howard said.
The cooking sessions run to a tight budget, looking at around a $1 per serve on cost of goods. Sometimes a bit higher, sometimes a bit lower. The money raised from the special goes back into either subsidising cheap fruit or helping the canteen in other areas. Any overall profit goes to the Parents and Friends who put a lot of effort into major fundraising for camps, future bus replacements, etc. 2014
It's the 'Spring lunch' at Kempton Primary School, where the school's garden provided the salad ingredients, and the quiche was made using eggs from the students' own free-range chooks. The classroom became the restaurant, and students were guided by a visiting chef in preparing and serving 65 staff, students, parents and friends. A stunning and seasonal Move Well Eat Well community event! 2013
Evandale Primary has introduced a regular Healthy Heroes picture in their weekly parents newsletter. The idea is to promote photos of children enjoying healthy lunches and recess snacks . Teacher Alana Binns says "I try to give families ideas on healthy lunch ideas, and vary the theme each week". This week's theme was "packing a rainbow of salad vegetables". What a great idea to build a school culture that supports healthy eating. 2013
Bicheno Primary's Kinder Prep gets started with regular fruit and veggie promotion:
Teacher Eliza Spykers tells: "I brought in an unusual vegetable (some yams) last week. None of the students knew what it was. We smelt them, felt them and guessed what they would taste like (sweet, sour, bitter etc). We then cut them up and looked (and thought about what they looked like inside) and cooked them up. The kids LOVED them! We now have a class challenge for someone to bring in an unusual fruit or vegetable for the class to try. On Friday I had a child bring in a blood orange - again none knew what it was. They all tried some and loved it!" 2013
Taroona Primary teacher, Sue Young says, " Our F and V breaks work well because we allocate the break to occur 10 minutes just before recess. The kids are motivated because they can stop work earlier and have time to eat in class." 2012
Hillcrest Primary School has developed a relationship with the Devonport CWA. CWA members have taught cooking skills to the grade 3/4 students with a focus on using local healthy produce eg apples, or food from the school garden. Again this year the Devonport Mayor participated in the program. 2013
To support the schools daily Fruit and Veg break Rosebery District School has a partnership with a local mine. Each week the mine donates a box of fruit to the school. This fruit is used for the daily fruit and veg breaks for classes K-6. 2013
Limit "Occasional" Foods
West Ulverstone Primary School ran a 'Nude Food' Day to coincide with their school's Clean Up Day effort. It makes perfect sense to promote fresh food with less packaging, less litter, and eating well at the same time. West Ulverstone is sensibly weaving the 'eat well' message into the normal, everyday life at school. Nice work! 2014
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School decided to break with the past and not sell fizzy drinks & chips. They tossed around these ideas:
- promoting water, with ice, fancy straws
- fruit kebabs/platters
- making links with lines the canteen already sells (eg popcorn, apple spirals and muffins)
- fruit buns, small tubs of reduced fat yoghurt, vegie sticks, crackers and cheese cubes
- a trail mix with popcorn with dried fruit and cereals (e.g. Weet-Bix Bites, Mini-Wheats etc.)
- icypoles or 99% fruit juice sticks (e.g. Quelches, Golden Circle juicey fruit sticks from the supermarket) 2013
As an Award school Invermay Primary continues to support the 'Limit Occasional Foods' message. In 2012 Invermay Primary made the decision to fundraise with all non-food related items. The most popular fundraisers were bulbs, socks and special day stalls. They also made the decision to ensure that food and drinks at the end of year Family BBQ followed the same guidelines as their Silver accredited canteen. 2012
Scotch Oakburn Junior School make links between their canteen and the classroom. An example uses the canteen sales as a basis to expand numeracy skills of year 2 students. Students were given numeracy exercises based on the canteen menu. For example, "The tuckshop has 5 fruit salads, they started with 22, how many did they sell?"
Mount Stuart Primary talked to their Parent Association about their ideas to limit "occasional" foods. As a result they had a "water tank" at the school disco so children could access water at all times, and the Association became aware of the importance of not having lollies at all events.
Find more great fundraising ideas for Move Well Eat Well member schools.
Move, Play and Go
Seabrook Christian School in Hobart have created a daily fitness running activity for grades 3-6 with a twist! Each year there is a theme, and for 2016 the theme is 'space'. A measured running course of 250m (1 lap) has been set up. Students run 2-4 laps (or half to 1 km) daily in the 10-15 min running time set before recess. Laps are recorded and every 4 laps (1 km) are awarded with a sticker on the class running chart. Every tenth km run receives a star on the sticker chart. Then the Space race begins!
Students decorated their own rockets to chart their race through space. With the first km run, students blasted off on route to Mercury. With every 10th km (star) achieved students reach the next planet. The goal is to reach Neptune by the end of the year. As the outer planets are much further away, 10 km are required to pass through the asteroid belt and reach Jupiter. Then 10 km are again required for the last 3.
Ten km are required to complete the race and return to the sun (a total of 100 km.) At the end of the year, ‘Running’ awards are given. Bronze = 50 km, Silver = 75km and Gold= 100. An ‘Encouragement Award’ is given for anyone reaching 40-50km for the year.
What a great way to incorporate physical activity and learning about space! 2016
Sacred Heart Catholic School Geeveston got right into this year's Eat and Play the Hawthorn Way promotional week, and came out winners. Sacred Heart's entry had the whole school jumping with great food and fun, 'raw crunch in our lunch", whole school walking skipping and running, not to mention their Tap into Water Rap.
Bowen Road Primary School have introduced a great way of getting students moving at lunch time. Grade 6 'playground buddies' set up activities such as ball games and relays and Prep-grade 2s join in the fun. A great opportunity to be active and make friends with students of different ages.2014
Sandy Bay Infant School use peer leaders in their daily fitness program. For 2 days a week, Grade 2 leaders take small groups (Grade 1, Prep and Kinder). They are responsible for leading the warm up, setting up the activity, running the activity and leading the cool down. We have five groups running during this time, comprising of activities such as boundary walk (walking around the perimeter of the school; up, down and over obstacles), follow the leader, rob the nest, obstacle course and hoop attack. The whole process runs for 15 minutes, including the warm up and cool down. These activities rotate each week for a total of five weeks before new activities are developed by ther HPE teacher, taught to the peer leaders and then implemented by them. 2014
Latrobe Primary School's Daily Fitness Program includes whole-school activities such as dance, aerobics and a walk around the block, as well as individual class activities. This great Program has students moving for up to 20 minutes each day, on top of their class PE time.2014
During term 1, 2013 Bridport Primary launched 'Part Way is OK' which encourages parents to drop their children at safe, designated drop off points and walk to school with adult supervision. At the launch 36 students walked with parents and siblings joining in. When they arrived at school the local supermarket provided free fresh fruit to all walkers. The Dorset Council representatives made sure they were there to support the launch too.2013
Boat Harbour Primary School has been most creative in using the humble gumboot. Making the most of wet and soggy conditions in term 3, they held a Gumboot Day. Students were encouraged to walk around the grounds in their gumboots and negotiate some 'obstacles.' Other activities included gumboot throwing, ten-pin bowling with gumboots (instead of pins) and golf-putting (with gumboots instead of holes).2013
Turn Off, Switch to Play
Glen Huon Primary use their bush playground for lots of things, including active play. They have tyre swings, small bridges and obstacles built into our bush area to make it fun. It is used a lot for Daily Fitness and PE lessons too, as well as their cross country course. Teacher Rachel Jacobs says, "It is great for lots of games we play like flags, spies and generals, orienteering and running activities." 2013
Every Friday at Clarendon Vale Primary School the PCYC visit the school and take each class for games and activities. These activities are focussed on teaching the students team building, cooperation and how to be involved in physical activity in a safe and fun way. Activities change weekly which ensures that the students are always engaged in the program. Students love playing cooperative games with the parachute as well as using other equipment in a range of obstacle courses and exercise stations.2013
Stride and Ride
Lindisfarne North Primary is having success with 'Part Way is OK' - encouraging parents to drop their children at safe, designated drop off point and allow them to walk part of the way to school. Teacher Amy Jones tells the story:"'Part Way is OK' is really successful in our school. Children from K to grade 6 take part every Wednesday, weather permitting. We continue the program during the colder months, only cancelling it if it is wet. We have parents and grandparents joining us most mornings. It's really lovely seeing the older children walking with the younger children - some days we have up to 40/50 children walking. We had kinder children walking with us from week 1. They had seen their parents drop their older siblings off in previous years and couldn't wait to take part themselves." 2014
Launceston Church Grammar Junior School are now walking to school on Fridays, using the same route each week. Regulars walkers are increasing and teacher Christian Zantuck is spicing up the activity with raffles, and has new ideas on the drawing board: GPS links, travel passports and more. Watch this space or share planning with the contact person). Here's a link to the letter sent home to families.2013
St Mary's College Junior School often combines a Stride and Ride event with a healthy eating focus. They celebrated the end of term one with a Junior School Assembly which included various aspects of health and well-being - a Zumba demonstration, reminders about our College MWEW guidelines, and an invitation to all guests and parents to join us for a walk around the block. This was capped off by each participant receiving an apple and all picnicking together with their class on their top ground. Staff members on the MWEW team organised and advertised the event around the school and in the newsletter. Grade 4 students assisted with the distribution of apples which were supplied by the local grocer.2012
Windermere Primary has set up "Walking Wednesday" . The Daily PE leaders take their class on a walk as the allocated activity for that week. The schools has included this into their Health and Wellbeing Policy to make sure walking is promoted as a pleasurable and regular part of everyone's week. The students are now reminding the staff that it is Wednesday so it's "Walking Wednesday" day.2012
This year Miandetta Primary School are encouraging active transport to school by introducing the "Golden Foot" trophy. The "Golden Foot" trophy will be awarded to the class that has had the most students that walk, ride or scoot to school each month. The sports leaders will be involved in collating the information and presenting the trophy at a school assembly.2012
Summerdale Primary School have a "Ride to School Day" once a term, followed by a bike parade at lunchtime. To ensure safety during these events the school has a licence system for bike riders whereby students must demonstrate they are sensible riders and know where and how to park their bikes at School.2012
Pedometers can be used by schools for a variety of activities:
- At Kingston Primary School the pedometers have been used for a staff challenge. All staff (teaching and non-teaching) are focusing on being more active and have been organised in to teams for the challenge. Total steps for each team are being added up at the end of the week. PE Teacher Angela Kadziolka says "It is a good way to get staff familiar with the pedometers, have students see the staff as interested active people and have a positive interaction with others in the school". 2011
Health Promoting Schools: links with families, your polices, the curriculum and the community
Grade 3 at Dodges Ferry Primary School recently worked on the Move Well Eat Well 'Russell the Sheep' Curriculum Unit in their classroom. They discussed food choices, explored the word 'variety' and it's relevance for nutrition and physical activity as well as inspected some grocery store catalogues to graph the amount of food advertised in relation to the Healthy Food Plate. Next they will incorporate this in to their Olympics learning to look at the diet and exercise of our Australian athletes.Thank you and well done to Petrina and her class. 2016
Snug Primary School's Keep Active, Keep Connected, Keep Healthy won the 2013 Premiers Physical Activity Council Award for their multi-layered approach to physical education and healthy eating within the school. Keep Active, Keep Connected, Keep Healthy encompasses a range of different physical activities to engage all students and cater for varying levels of fitness and ability. Activities include daily physical education, a bush walking track which has recently been extended and now incorporates an outdoor learning area, a running group for parents, weekly provision of a healthy lunch, organised lunchtime games, dance extravaganza and Jump Rope for Heart. The School Association has taken a lead role inviting community members to be involved in the school activities. 2013
Both Scotch Oakburn Junior School and Miandetta Primary have developed family information brochures, outlining Move Well Eat Well to parents and encouraging family support for the health messages.
Synergies with KidsMatter
Many schools are taking a whole school approach to both mental and emotional health and wellbeing, with healthy eating and physical activity-and seeing the benefits.
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