Harold's Diary

If a Life Education Educator and our mascot Healthy Harold came to visit your child’s school today they may have participated in the ‘Harold’s Diary’ session.

What is ‘Harold’s Diary’?

Harold

How old does my child have to be to participate in ‘Harold’s Diary’?
‘Harold’s Diary’ has been developed for children aged 5-10 years old (junior/middle primary).

What did they learn?
In this module students discuss the emotional, physical and social factors that contribute to a healthy lifestyle. Key topics covered include:

  • Why friendships are so important and how children can build and develop support networks
  • Helpful strategies to manage bullying
  • How new situations and changes can affect their emotions and helpful ways to recognise when this might be happening
  • The benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle.

What you can do at home

We recognise that parents and carers have a pivotal role in supporting children to make safe and healthy choices. If your child did receive the ‘Harold’s Diary’ session, we are sure they will be excited to tell you all about it. But whether they participated or not we have suggested some ways as a family that you can explore ‘Harold’s Diary’ in the comfort of your own home.

Watch ‘The Digestive System with Rice Colonel’
Join Rice Colonel as he leads his troops in their most important mission yet, feeding the human body. Together your family will learn about why a healthy balanced diet is vital to keep our bodies in tip top working order.

Role play
Ask your children to put on a play about someone who is getting teased at school and how their friends helped them to manage the situation. Parents can watch the role play and ask questions at the end posing ‘what-ifs’ and offering advice about what to do if they are still unhappy.

Keep a diary
Ask your child to keep a diary for the week, writing down how they felt, what happened at school, what they ate and what activities they did. At the end of the week sit down together and have a chat about what happened during their diary week.

Have a chat
Speak to your child about what they learnt during the ‘Harold’s Diary’ session; here are some ideas to start the conversation:

  • What do you do when you feel sad or angry?
  • Can you tell me about your best friends and what makes them special?
  • What would you do if you saw someone at school being teased or ignored?

Download our printable 'Harold's Diary' factsheet and pop it up on your fridge!