Our Priorities

Our Priorities

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The alarming fact is that many inactive kids are overweight or obese or at risk of being so. Here in the ACT, 80% of kids aged 5 to 17 are not getting the required levels of daily physical activity. This poses a very real and serious threat to their long-term health and quality of life – because the longer a child stays overweight the more likely they are to become an overweight adult with increased risk of health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and some forms of cancer.
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Did you know that recent ACT data shows that the older we get the less fruit and vegetables we eat. Just 11% of ACT adults reported eating enough vegetables every day, and less than half reported eating enough fruit. Meanwhile, almost 40% of children are eating enough vegetables and just over 70% are eating enough fruit. The school environment has a significant impact on the development of eating habits, how healthy is your school?
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There are many different health conditions that require ongoing management and support. For example asthma, anaphylaxis, diabetes and epilepsy, all require specific medical action plans and management, which schools should adhere to when children with these conditions are enrolled. Did you know that 1 in 10 Canberrans have asthma and it is a leading cause of absenteeism in students and a common reason for hospital admissions in children aged under 12?
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Good mental health is vital for life. Children and teenagers who are mentally healthy are better able to meet life’s challenges and have stronger relationships with the people around them. They are also better learners who are more likely to succeed at school. Good mental health in childhood and across the school years provides a solid basis for managing changes as they grow.
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Learning how to stay safe in our community is an imperative part of every child’s education. From roads and driveways, to sun and water there are a variety of every-day risk factors and situations we should be alerting our students to. By teaching students safe behaviours and habits early on in life and by leading by example, we can help make a difference to figures like “… estimated 3 non-fatal drownings for every drowning death in the Australia”.
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It is important that all ACT Teachers and Educators remain up to date with current best practice and recommendations when it comes to health and wellbeing. Continuing professional learning of ACT teachers is recognised through the TQI (Teachers Quality Institute) accreditation of professional learning programs and is a requirement for ACT teachers to maintain professional registration. The Network offers many health and wellbeing based PL opportunities for ACT Teachers and Educators.