Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014

Mansfield MP Ian Walker supports health education at St Catherine’s School

On the 18th of July, Mansfield MP Ian Walker attended St Catherine’s Catholic Primary School in Wishart to show his support for Life Education’s health education program being delivered to the school regarding the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, personal safety, and skills for building positive friendships. 

Mr Walker was presented with a plaque of appreciation from Life Education Queensland.

Mr Walker enjoyed the bCyberwise module of the program delivered to a Year 6 class in the popular Life Education mobile learning centre featuring its mascot Healthy Harold the giraffe.

“I am honoured to receive this acknowledgement from Life Education and support the program which educates young people to make choices for a healthy and safe life,” said Mr Walker. “It is fantastic to see Life Education’s recent initiative bCyberwise – introduced last year in response to direct feedback from the schools outlining the need for this kind of program.”

The bCyberwise module teaches children about responsible and respectful behaviour when using communications technology including:

  • Skills for building positive relationships with friends
  • Keeping personal information safe online
  • Strategies to deal with bullying and cyberbullying

Life Education Queensland CEO Michael Fawsitt presented Mr Walker with a plaque featuring examples of drawings from children who have participated in the Life Education program. The plaque acknowledges Mr Walker as an ambassador for Life Education.

“Life Education aims to see a generation of healthy young Australians living to their full potential,” said Mr Fawsitt. “We are very fortunate to have the support of Mansfield MP Ian Walker and many members of parliament across the state.

“Our partnership with Queensland Health has enabled Life Education to reach more schools in the Brisbane area. This year we will deliver a number of modules from our health education program to around 14,000 students across Brisbane’s state and independent schools, and early learning centres.

“We applaud the commitment of the leadership, teachers and parents at St Catherine’s School to promote healthy living. We also commend the students for embracing the program wholeheartedly today.”

Paul Leeson, St Catherine’s Principal said, “Life Education benefits our students by empowering them to make decisions for a healthy and safe life. Life Education is a fantastic resource for schools because the program is specifically developed in line with the national curriculum. They offer ongoing support for teachers by providing additional resources including teacher manuals and student workbooks.”

Life Education will deliver a number of modules from its program over two weeks to St Catherine’s School students from Prep all the way through to Year 7, which are sequential and age appropriate. Topics range from nutrition, the benefits of physical activity, staying safe online, and strategies to cope with peer and social pressures.

For more information about this story, please contact Marketing & Media Manager 
Amanda Brown - 07 5572 0166 | abrown@lifeeducation.org.au

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