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Students take to the streets

STREAMS of Howrah Primary School students were seem trekking the Eastern Shore’s many streets recently as part of the school’s annual Walkathon.

Held as a way to promote a healthy and active lifestyle, the school event saw more than 600 students walk together and make use of the school’s natural surrounds.

One of the biggest fundraisers of the school year, the students were encouraged to seek sponsorship from family and friends, with all funds raised being put toward the re-surfacing of the school’s netball courts.

Howrah Primary School teacher Purdie Reason said the school provided a range of opportunities to encourage students to participate in physical activity.

“The weather on the day was perfect and the students enjoyed walking along the bicycle track and beach to complete the track,” she said.

“And, for the first time this year, the event was sponsored by local business Glebe Hill Family Practice.”

Glebe Hill Family Practice owner Dr Alice Frampton said her team felt very strongly that the prevention of chronic disease was the most important part of their work as health professionals.

She said the Howrah Primary School Walkathon was a perfect event to promote their message.

“It was an absolute pleasure to sponsor the Howrah Primary School Walkathon this year,” she said.

“The students and their families did a fantastic job, raising more than $7000 at the event.

“We were able to promote our message of the benefits of daily exercise and eating fruit and vegetables every day and even provided a range of healthy snacks for the students after they had finished their walk.

“We strongly believe a healthy lifestyle, including regular physical activity, is the best medicine.”

Howrah Primary School was able to further promote this message when a grade five class participated in a full-day bicycle education program.

The course focused strongly on safety and included teaching the students a number of important bike handling skills.

Grade five students Talia Cannan and Taj Brown said they “thoroughly enjoyed” the day.

“I learnt so much about bike riding and road safety,” Talia said.

“The day included learning about using hand signals while riding, how to turn corners, the safest position to ride on the road, as well as general road safety skills.”

Taj said there was also lots of time to practice new skills.

“We bought our own bikes to school and were taught how to ride safely on bumpy surfaces like rocks and speed bumps, as well as around roundabouts and when approaching traffic lights,” he said.

“I love bike riding and I learnt so many new skills.”

Caption: Howrah Primary School grade five students take part in a full-day bicycle education program.