Children from Oxley Park Public School today visited the Life Education Centre at Colyton to celebrate 30 years of health and safety education.
Since it opened its doors 30 years ago, the Life Education Centre at Colyton has been teaching generations of children about safe and healthy lifestyles, including students from Oxley Park Public school who came to the opening of the centre on May 29, 1987.
Life Education CEO Kellie Sloane said it was wonderful to celebrate a community milestone with current students and teachers from the school.
“It is fantastic to see a school who is so committed to the health and safety of its students. Oxley Park Public School has been benefiting from our program since we first opened our doors back in 1987. Some of the children who came today told us that their parents also saw Healthy Harold when they were kids.
“We are located in the heart of Sydney’s west and we’re proud to be at Colyton. We’ve seen more than 473,000 students in western Sydney over the past 30 years and we know it’s made a lasting impact on their lives.
“Most young people are making safe choices and looking after themselves. But new challenges are emerging. Western Sydney has been labelled a diabetes hotspot, there are new and emerging drug threats, and Cybersafety is now a huge concern for parents. We must not be complacent.”
The students enjoyed a healthy morning tea with Life Education’s lovable mascot Healthy Harold the giraffe, participated in a lesson about the importance of physical activity, and spoke to staff members about their parents’ memories of visiting the centre.
Last year alone 388 students from Oxley Park Public School received a Life Education lesson, covering topics such as healthy eating, physical activity, positive relationships, cyber safety, and drug and alcohol preventative education.
For over 35 years, Life Education's specially trained educators have visited schools around Australia.