Arawang Primary to engage in healthy school spaces

Released 21/05/2015

Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch today officially opened a new hospitality learning space dedicated to healthy eating at Arawang Primary School.

The new learning space consists of a cafe, canteen and teaching kitchen, which promotes authentic learning and healthy lifestyles by encouraging students to grow fresh produce and practice healthy home-style cooking.

“I am delighted to visit Arawang Primary today, to meet with the school community and open this wonderful new healthy learning space, including the new Bluebell Cafe,” Ms Burch said.

“These spaces are part of a range of initiatives to improve health and wellbeing in our public schools. Our attitudes towards food are formed during childhood, so it makes sense that once a child begins school, the school environment plays a role in influencing healthy choices.”

The new $560,000 healthy lifestyle learning facility is supported by the Stephanie Alexander Garden Initiative. Together with the National Healthy School Canteen Guidelines, the facility is a model of healthy lifestyle and demonstrates wellbeing in action for students.

“Children from years three to six will harvest the Stephanie Alexander garden, engage in cooking in the new kitchen and enhance their literacy, numeracy, science and social skills while interacting and learning at the Bluebell Cafe.

“The ACT Government is committed to healthy living and the wellbeing of students, staff and families in the ACT.  We have undertaken many initiatives under the Healthy Living banner to introduce and support programs that deliver healthy outcomes for our citizens.

“I would like to thank the Arawang parent and carer community who gave input into the design and landscape process. I know you are all looking forward to utilising this space and engaging with healthy choices alongside your children,” concluded Ms Burch.

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