Healthy Harold heads back to school!
Australia’s most lovable giraffe now has the green light to visit children in NSW schools after the recent government announcement that incursion bans are being lifted from today (June 15).
After spending eight weeks delivering the program online to students in NSW and ACT during COVID-19 restrictions, Healthy Harold is excited to be heading back to school to see children face-to-face.
Life Education NSW CEO Jonathon Peatfield said the news has been welcomed by schools across NSW and the ACT.
“We are excited to be visiting schools again, to bring back the magic of a Life Education face-to-face lesson,” Mr Peatfield said.
“Although our Life Education online program has been very popular, children have been missing seeing Healthy Harold in 'person'! We’ve had many schools contacting us, asking for updates about the return of face-to-face delivery.
“The time away from schools has allowed us to improve our training and development for educators, who are all eager and prepared to be back in the class room. It has also allowed us the opportunity to explore new delivery options like online and virtual which will complement our offering to school to ensure that we can have the greatest impact on young people’s health outcomes.”
Mr Peatfield said students can expect the visits to look a little different, with the safety of schools and staff the first priority.
“It will still be a little while until the wheels move on the Life Education mobile learning centres. In line with infection control procedures and social distancing measures, for the time being, students will experience the program via direct delivery in classrooms or school halls,” he said.
“However, I can confirm that the star of the show, Healthy Harold will most certainly be in attendance!” For more information about Life Education, visit www.lifeeducation.org.au
Life Education is Australia’s largest provider of preventive health education to school children. With the help of our iconic mascot Healthy Harold the giraffe, Life Education has been empowering children and young people to make safer and healthy choices for more than 40 years. In NSW we work in more than 1800 schools and preschools with approximately 290,000 school children participating in our program each year. Our 60 specially trained Educators visit students across the state via our 44 mobile classrooms, three pop-up classrooms, and online resources.