Barwon Valley Special School started working on the Achievement Program in 2018. They are the first special school in Geelong to register and work through the healthy schools framework.
City staff have been working closely with the team at Barwon Valley Special School to work on their Healthy Eating and Oral Health priority area.
Implementing small changes such as revising their lunch and tuckshop menus, removing vending machines and promoting healthy eating through visual displays are just some of the changes that were made within the school.
Developing a Healthy Eating and Oral Health policy, upskilling teaching staff, hosting education nights for parents and engaging on-site Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Speech Pathologists and Psychologists to assist students has increased the knowledge and skill of those who care for the children and increased their capacity to engage them.
To celebrate the students’, carers’ and families’ achievements a healthy morning tea was held. Children were encouraged to bring a healthy plate of food to share, ‘choose water everyday’ water bottles were distributed and healthy eating songs were enjoyed by all.
Congratulations to all those involved for supporting and encouraging healthy habits to the students at Barwon Valley Special School.
If you'd like to read more about the Achievement Program visit www.achievementprogram.health.vic.gov.au