Girls win top prize for program that fosters a positive attitude to health and wellbeing
Students at Hampden Park primary school at Lakemba in Sydney’s south-west have won $5000 for their “Like a Girl” program in our Healthy Families Healthy Children – School Science Project Competition.
The initiative provides an equal opportunity for girls to participate in before-school activities promoting physical and emotional wellbeing.
The group led by teacher Tenielle Thompson aims to improve sports skills, build confidence and foster an “I can do it” attitude.
“We run, hit, kick and throw like a girl who is strong, skilled, intelligent, proud, caring, resilient and confident,” the girls said in their competition entry.
The group meets on Wednesdays and Fridays before school to play sport.
The girls received their prize from the NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard and Sydney Local Health District chief executive Teresa Anderson AM.
Dr Anderson said, “When we saw your video about the impact of the Like a Girl program at your school… it was absolutely inspiring. These young women will be leaders of tomorrow.”
The girls plan to use the prize money to buy more sports equipment for their school and to promote “Like a Girl” to encourage other schools to run similar physical and mental health programs.
The students also won $1000 for tee-shirts and other materials for the program.
Two individual primary school students won $1000 for their school libraries.
James Wilson, from Strathfield North Public School, won the award for his healthy checklist which shows being healthy is not just about eating well and being active but also includes other factors like mental and social wellbeing, education and life experiences.
Year six student Sean Fitzgibbons, from Russell Lee Public School, created a poster about keeping our heart and lungs healthy which included his own tips and tricks.
The winner of the pre-school competition was Explore and Develop Camperdown who also received a $5000 prize.
Their Community Cooking project took the children on a food journey.
They chose a healthy meal they’d like to cook, put together a shopping list of the foods they needed, walked three kilometres to the shops and back and then helped with cooking the meal.
The judges said they were impressed with the way the children were involved and the practical skills they developed.
The runner-up in the pre-school competition was Learning Wonderland Riverwood. They created a talk show about healthy eating. They received a $2000 prize.
The judges especially loved the battle of the blenders which saw the blue and red teams go face to face to make the healthiest smoothie in two minutes.