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Live Life Well @ School

Live Life Well @ School is a collaborative initiative between NSW Ministry of Health and school sectors in NSW.

Northern Sydney
Local Health District

Term 1, 2023
Teachers' Newsletter

What’s Happening
Welcome to our Term 1 2023 LLW@S Teacher Newsletter! 
Included in this edition: 

  • Move and Improve Workshop
  • In Focus - School Play Space
  • Classroom Resources
  • Teacher Wellbeing
  • Resources and Support for Families
  • Workshops and Grants
  • Upcoming Events 
  • Canteen Support 
  • Garden Support

Wishing you a term of wellness,
Live Life Well @ School.   

Move and Improve Workshop

Join our PDHPE workshop presented by former PE teacher Sarah Riddington at either Dee Why or Hornsby. Each teacher who attends the workshop will receive a FREE take home resource pack!


Topic: Literacy and Numeracy in Action


  • Tuesday 13 March 4pm to 5.30pm at Dee Why 
  • Wednesday 14 March 4pm to 5.30pm at Hornsby 

In Focus - School Play Space 

The recent NSLHD School Play Space Workshop was well received by all in attendance. UNSW researcher Fatemeh Aminpour presented on the latest research and demonstrated that it’s not just about having a play space full of options, but the paths and linkages to move around the play spaces that are essential for reducing conflict and ensuring best play space design.


Two P&C representatives shared the amazing work of parents in schools to drive play space improvements.


Eve Clark from the School Years team, shared many simple hacks for optimising school play spaces.



Dr Fatemeh Aminpour, UNSW researcher

If you missed out on the workshop but are looking to learn more about how to make the most of your school’s play space, contact us on NSLHD-LiveLifeWellatShool@health.nsw.gov.auWe have a range of resources to assist or can complete a Play Space Review for your school.

Classroom Resources

Vegetable Week & The Big Vegie Crunch – Participate in this school-based event in Week 10 (27-31 March) and get students excited about vegetables! Join the attempt by NSW primary schools to break the record for the highest number of children eating vegetables simultaneously. Register here. 


Butterfly Foundation: Education Resources – Access a range of curriculum resources, fact sheets and digital clips to support body image education in schools.  


Sun Safety Resources for Schools - By the age of 15, many children have developed irreversible skin damage from sun exposure. Use these resources for whole school strategies and educational materials to improve sun safety at your school. See here for sun smart games and books for students.  

Teacher Wellbeing

Black Dog Institute: myCompass – A free online tool that allows you to track your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. It provides feedback to help you better recognise the patterns and triggers that impact your mental health and learn how to deal with them.


Resources and Support for Families 

Newsletter Snippets cover healthy eating, physical activity, Crunch&Sip, screen time and more. Download our Term 1 newsletter snippets and insert them into your communication with families.


Transcultural Mental Health Line: Tele-health support for people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Provided by health professionals with shared language and cultural perspectives to connect people with relevant services and community support. Call 1800 648 911.


Cancer Council: How to Pack a Healthy Lunchbox – Share this interactive lunch box builder that includes simple and healthy recipes developed by dietitians. 


Public Dental Service offers free dental care or all children and young people up to 18 years. Call 1300 732 503. Watch and share this video.

Workshops and Grants 

Webinars and workshops


School attendance: recorded webinar – What does poor attendance tell us about how students feel about school, and what can we do about it?


BLENDED Youth Mental Health First Aid Training – face-to-face and online courses provides school staff with skills to support a young person experiencing ill mental health. See attached flyer for more information. 


Offers and grants - the School Years team are available to assist you write your grant.


Sporting Schools Grant – Applications open 27th February and close 10th March.


NSW Government's Community Building Partnership (CBP) – Supports projects that deliver positive social, environmental and recreational outcomes. Successful 2022 projects can be viewed here. Applications open in May.

Upcoming Events

Click here to access our online 2023 calendar and register to get your school involved!

National Ride2School Day


National Ride2School Day is a fun celebration of active travel where students across Australia ride, walk, scoot and skate to school. See here for information and resources on how to get your school involved and kick-start healthy habits for your students.

Go4Fun FREE program


Go4Fun is a FREE program that provides children aged 7 – 13 years and their families with 10 weeks of support relating to healthy eating and physical activity.

  • Term 2 2023 program is coming to Dee Why!

Include the Go4Fun newsletter snippet in your school communication. 

Canteen Support

A big congratulations to the following schools that achieved the NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy from October – December 2022:


  • Denistone East Public School

  • Epping North Public School


If your school canteen would like tailored support, please contact the Live Life Well at School team on NSLHD-LiveLifeWellatSchool@health.nsw.gov.au.

Garden Guru

New Elective PL Course: Waste and Sustainability in Schools. A 5-hour workshop with Kimbriki Eco House and Garden on 31st March. Standards addressed: 2.1.2, 6.2.2, 6.3.2. To support schools in incorporating sustainability into their programs and whole school planning, enabling teachers to feel confident with teaching lessons. $50.00 per person with a light lunch provided. Register via NSW DET MYPL.  

Kimbriki’s Education Hub is live! Kimbriki ecologists have carefully curated a new Primary School Hub https://www.kimbriki.com/education-hub-categories/primary-school-hub/ with a raft of materials for use in the classroom and beyond.

Tips & Tricks
It's time to mulch! Mulching helps retain moisture in soil, reduces the amount of watering you'll need to do, and suppresses weeds. Find out more about helping your edible garden beat the heat

School Sustainability Network Meetings


Ryde Environmental Educators Network (REEN) – Ryde Area 

  • Term 1 - Feb 16 2023 @4-5.30pm. North Ryde Community Preschool, 13 Clermont Ave, Ryde.

  • Topics - Edible Gardens and Urban Grow programs. Environmental incursions and Profession Development opportunities by Scienza Viva.

Network for Environment and Sustainability Teachers (NEST) - Hornsby/Ku-ring-gai Area

  • Term 1 - Wednesday 15th March 2023 (Week 8). Location TBC.

Contact us

For further information and support or to contribute to future issues, share story ideas or provide feedback, get in touch with the Northern Sydney Local Health District, Live Life Well @ School team:


Phone: (02) 9388 5299

Email: NSLHD-LiveLifeWellatSchool@health.nsw.gov.au  

Website: https://nshp.com.au/LLWatS