Drouin Primary School’s achievements lead the way

Drouin Primary School can say it is one of the healthiest in the region after becoming the first local government school in the Baw Baw Shire to receive recognition in the Achievement Program.

The school has been recognised by the Victorian Government for its work to improve sun protection, which is one of the Achievement Program’s eight health priority areas. They have also developed an action plan to address tobacco control as their next focus.

West Gippsland Healthcare Group, who supported the changes, congratulated the school on the achievement.

“Drouin Primary School has shown leadership in the community by promoting and modelling good health,” said Kira Hardy, Health Promotion Worker at West Gippsland Healthcare Group.

“Drouin Primary School is providing shaded areas where students can learn and play, incorporating SunSmart messages into their curriculum and promoting preventative measures such as the use of hats in terms 1 and 4. .

“We extend our congratulations to the school and, in particular, to teachers Miss Amy McCall and

Mrs Leillah Strating who coordinated the program, and to Principal Brad Wheller for his support.”

The Achievement Program provides schools with a comprehensive framework, tools and resources to improve the health of students, staff and families.

It covers sun protection, as well as physical activity, healthy eating, mental health and wellbeing, tobacco control, safe environments, alcohol and sexual health and wellbeing.

Members are encouraged to meet best-practice standards in their chosen health area and those that do receive recognition from the Victorian Government.

The West Gippsland Healthcare Group is available to help local schools with their implementation of the initiative.

“We encourage more schools in the Baw Baw Shire to get involved and make a real difference to the lives of their students and the community,” said Ms Hardy.

For more information, contact West Gippsland Healthcare Group’s Health Promotion Team on 56243500 or visit the Achievement Program website at www.achievementprogram.health.vic.gov.au.

The Achievement Program is supported by the Victorian Government and delivered by Cancer Council Victoria.