Live Life Well @ School is a collaborative initiative between NSW Ministry of Health and school sectors in NSW.
Local Health District
Term 3, 2021
Welcome to Term 3
We have moved across to a new online platform for our newsletter, we hope you like it!
In this edition you will find information on Fruit and Veg month which takes place in Term 3. We have also included support for schools planning their Kindergarten Orientation, including a video and PowerPoint presentation you can tailor to your school. To help integrate healthy eating into the classroom we are running a free Garden Network in August (read on for more information and how to register).
Wishing you a term of wellness,
Northern Sydney Live Life Well @ School team
Calling all kindergarten teachers - we want to hear from you!
We want to hear from kindergarten teachers, or those who work closely with kindergarten students, in regards to the physical ‘preparedness’ of children when commencing school.
Please complete this short survey to help shape a pilot program designed to improve children’s transition to school.
All teachers who complete the survey will go in the draw to win one of two $100 Kmart gift vouchers for your school.
How to breathe yourself calm
The way we breathe is one of the quickest ways to promote relaxation and calm the mind.
Deep breathing, also known as diaphragmatic or belly breathing, is a simple tool you and your students can use as a way of calming the body and mind. Diaphragmatic breathing involves the contraction of the diaphragm, expansion of the belly, and deepening of inhalation and exhalation.
Tips to add breathing into your classroom:
- Add a breath focus after lunch or recess. Students can focus on belly breathing either at their desks or laying on the floor. Afterwards you should notice a big difference in classroom energy!
- Play calming music to help set the tone in your classroom.
- Access the free Headspace for Educators or the Smiling Minds training for educators to help bring mindfulness to your classroom.
Wellbeing and sustainability garden network - Term 3 registrations now open!
Topic: Grow and prepare edible native plans and Aboriginal spirituality
Date: Mon 9 August 2021
Time: 3:30 - 5:15pm
Location: Attend online or face to face
Download the flyer to find out more or click here to register.
Term 2 garden network recap and resources
The term 2 garden network hosted by Northern Beaches Council was a great success.
The topic: Could your school be wilder? covered the benefits of bushland in schools, how connecting with nature and outdoor learning has been linked to improved student mental wellbeing.
How to make a Possum Drey, Bee Hive and Lizard Lounge.
Birds in Backyards Autumn survey - Keep track of the feathered friends that visit your school.
- Kindergarten orientation PowerPoint: A presentation to use at Kindergarten Orientation to guide parents with packing a healthy lunch, understanding Crunch & Sip and keeping active. You can tailor the presentation to suit your school.
- Kindergarten orientation video: Provides practical tips for how to pack a healthy lunchbox, Crunch & Sip and healthy school canteens.
- More Green Less Screen: A two-week challenge aiming to reduce screen time and increase physical activity, ideal for stage 2 and 3, with links to the PDHPE curriculum. Email us to register your school to receive free classroom resources and win prizes.
- Fast Starts: A physical activity resource designed to engage in students in physical activity with minimal rules within 2 minutes.
Costumes For Loan
Holding a whole of school event to celebrate Fruit and Veg Month? Why not hire our fruit and veg costumes. It's FREE and easy, simply complete and return the loan form: access the form here.
Download our newsletter snippets and insert them into your communications with parents/carers.
The snippets cover healthy eating, physical activity, Crunch & Sip break and limiting screen time.
NAIDOC Week: 4 - 11 July
The NAIDOC 2021 theme – Heal Country! – calls for all of us to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction.
Download the teaching resources.
National Science Week: 14 - 22 Aug
The 2021 theme is Food: Different by Design. There are many ways your school can get involved.
Download the teaching resources.
Go4Fun free program
Go4Fun provides children aged 7 – 13 years and their families with 10 weeks of support relating to healthy eating, physical activity, self-esteem and FUN!
Go4Fun is FREE and available every school term at various locations and online. Click here for more information.
Please include this flyer in your school communications to parents/carers.
Lets talk: Webinars for teachers: Covers topics including puberty, contraception, and teaching about issues relating to technology, sexuality and relationships. Various dates. Online. Free.
Support available for your canteen
Our team is trained in assisting canteens to meet the NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy. We offer support and feedback to ensure your menu meets the Strategy and provide assistance to complete the Menu Check application forms.
Schools are required to re-submit to the Menu Check Service every two years to check that their canteen is still meeting the requirements of the Strategy.
All schools who pass the Menu Check assessment will be presented with a certificate, canteen aprons and service trays (pictured).
Reduce food waste
Healthy Wholesome Pancakes
Short for time? Need a breakfast on the go? Or a mid-morning snack? We’ve got you covered. Make a batch of these healthy pancakes the night before to take with you on the go. You may want to double the batch if you have children! This would be a great healthy recipe to share with your class or staff.
Why we like this recipe:
Fibre and carbohydrates – Oats are a wholegrain and a source of complex carbohydrates and fibre. This will help you to feel fuller for longer.
Protein – Greek yoghurt and eggs are a good source of protein. You also get the added goodness of calcium.
Vitamins and Minerals – Bananas are a great source of They also naturally sweeten the pancakes!
For further information and support, get in touch with the Northern Sydney Local Health District, Live Life Well @ School team:
Phone: (02) 9388 5299
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