The Achievement Program’s state-wide competition has uncovered the innovative ways Victorian schools are supporting students to stay active and healthy while remote learning.
Even in these trying times, with coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown measures changing the school environment to a virtual one, schools’ health and wellbeing efforts have been inspiring. The Achievement Program celebrated and acknowledged the healthy initiatives in its recent schools’ competition. Head of the program, Tope Adepoyibi, said the responses were heart-warming.
“I was blown away by how school communities, from all corners of Victoria, banded together to support health and wellbeing while remote learning. We saw a range of fun and creative ideas, from children and teachers in Foster busting out dance moves in a virtual flash mob, to children in Kyabram cooking up a storm for high stakes MasterChef challenges and kids in Mildura competing in backyard Olympics,” Ms Adepoyibi said.
The Achievement Program gave special mention to the three winning schools:
- Rowville Primary School for its cooking challenges, which saw children become the household resident chef as they were tasked to plan, prepare and cook healthy meals for the family.
- Silverton Primary School for its innovative Physical Activity App, which aimed to encourage its 480 students to get up and away from their computers and get active. Children enjoyed getting their heart rate up through activities such as dancing, jumping or skipping; improving their hand-eye coordination with an array of ball sports such as basketball, soccer, cricket, netball and AFL; and took part in personal best challenges and challenges with fellow schoolmates.
- Cobden Technical School for its gratitude corner which was home to a gratitude tree with leaves containing handwritten messages of what students were grateful for and a wall of positive images of students learning.
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