School in spotlight

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 23-Nov-2017

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Lachie Bennett, Abby Hayes, Lachie West, Meg Roberts, Sophie Bennett and April Gamble.
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THE past 12 months at Strathfieldsaye Primary School has exemplified the benefits of the Bendigo Health-backed Healthy Schools competition.

Strathfieldsaye took second prize in the 2016/17 period, presented in conjunction with the Bendigo Sports Star of the Year awards.

With the $1000 in valuable funding they collected, the school has been using it in a range of activities.

The funds have played a critical role in the development of a community room, according to principal Cindi Breuchert.

She said the space is somewhere that offers all members of the community a gathering point, as well as the students.

While the school still advocates for healthy school and walking to school and the usual focusses for students, mental health is also very much in the spotlight.

Students are involved in the GAP program, which sees preps right through to grade sixes gather weekly in groups of around 20 students to participate in a range of activities, from study to work in the community. The school has also developed a Kids matter program, which is designed to support mental health of students of all ages.

This year’s awards are open to all schools within the Bendigo region and showcase schools that are taking active steps in showcasing positive health messages at school and within the community.

Specimen Hill PS won the award last year, and has also put their funding to good use.

Applications for this year’s Bendigo Health Healthiest School awards can be made at healthiestschools@bendigopublishing.com

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