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					                     Health and Wellbeing Policy
This integrated policy provides an over-arching framework under which all health and wellbeing
policies can be encompassed. It provides a means of drawing together the vast areas of health
and wellbeing and placing them in one document. This policy is consistent with the Health
Promoting Schools approach and the Victorian Essential Learning Standard’s (VELS) Health and
Physical Education and Interpersonal Development Domains. Schools may also want to develop
specific health and well-being policies as per their respective educational and contextual needs.

Date:
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1. Rationale
Research shows a healthy environment, experiences, role modeling and learning opportunities
during the primary school years can have a significant impact on the future health and wellbeing
of children.

Schools make a substantial contribution to a child’s overall health and wellbeing. They are crucial
in promoting healthy lifestyles, healthy practices and building self-esteem, resilience and a sense
of confidence.

Healthy lifestyles (nutrition, physical activity)
    Physical activity in children and youth is associated with beneficial effects and health
       outcomes in fat deposits, skeletal health, and several aspects of psychological health. Its
       many benefits include increased fitness, energy to play, motor skills, better self-esteem,
       body image and confidence.
    Healthy eating helps to improve concentration and learning, promotes healthy teeth,
       strong bones, healthy growth and development as well as improved mood and behaviour.
    About 25-30% of Australian children are overweight or obese. The increase of being
       overweight and obesity is one of the biggest health threats facing Australian children.
    The Victorian Child Health and Wellbeing Survey identified that only 37 percent of children
       aged 4-12 years meet the daily recommended intake for vegetables.
    Being overweight is now the leading cause of premature death and illness in Australia.
    Being overweight or obese can lead to decreased life expectancy and reduced quality of
       life as a result of increased risk of
                     Cancer,
                     cardiovascular disease,
                     type 2 diabetes,
                     sleep apnoea,
                     osteoarthritis,
                     psychological disorders, and
                     social problems.

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       Children are now 3.5 times more likely to be in front of a computer or television screen
        after school than playing sport.
       72.3% of children in grades 3–6 are driven to school; 61% of these children said they
        would prefer to walk to school if given the choice.
       A third of primary school children walk for less than five minutes a day.

Healthy practices (minimising risk, injury prevention, promoting safety)
    Too much exposure to the sun can cause skin and eye damage and skin cancer. Sun
       exposure in the first 15 years of life contributes significantly to the lifetime risk of
       developing skin cancer.
    Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world.
    Asthma affects 14–16% of children (approx 1 in 6) and 10–12% of adults (approx 1 in 9).
    Asthma can result in time off work or school and some restriction of participation in
       physical and social activities. Asthma cannot be cured, but it can be managed.
    Good asthma management allows you to lead an active, healthy lifestyle.
    Anaphylaxis is a severe and sudden allergic reaction when a person is exposed to an
       allergen. The most common allergens in school-aged children are eggs, peanuts, treenuts
       (e.g. cashews), cow's milk, fish and shellfish, wheat, soy, certain insect stings and
       medications. The key to prevention of anaphylaxis in schools is knowledge, awareness and
       planning.
    Poor oral health has been linked to arthritis, coronary heart disease, diabetes and
       cardiovascular disease to varying degrees.
    Good oral hygiene will reduce the likelihood of gum disease and dental caries (decay).
    For children, dental caries is the single most common chronic childhood disease.
    5000 children are injured on an average day in Australia.
    Each day in Australia 170 children are admitted to hospital and one child dies - all as a
       result of unintentional injuries. Most of these injuries occur at home and at school.
    With adequate preparation and preventive measures it’s possible for children to participate
       in activities around school and play sport safely with minimal risk of injury.
    Appropriate treatment and management of injuries will result in less time away from school
       and sporting activities.

Building self-esteem, resilience and a sense of confidence
     Children who are mentally healthy learn better and have better relationships with their
        teachers, family members and peers.
     Good mental health makes it easier for children to negotiate the transition into
        adolescence and then adulthood, improving their chances of achieving long-term
        education and career goals as well as better quality of life.
     Schools have a profound influence on children, their families and the community.
     Young people's ability and motivation to stay in school to learn and utilise what they learn
        is affected by their mental health.



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It is important for schools to provide learning opportunities for children to develop understandings,
values and skills relevant to promoting the health and wellbeing of self and others.

This promotes:
    their sense of connectedness and belonging within and beyond the classroom,
    interpersonal skills for engaging in positive relationships with peers and adults within the
       community, and
    safety and help - seeking skills for minimising risks to themselves and others across a
       range of situations, using resilient strategies to cope with change and real life problems.

2. Policy Statement

<Name of school>’s Health and Wellbeing policy has been developed to ensure our school
community is safe, nurturing and inclusive and addresses the overall health and wellbeing of
children, staff and families.

This policy complements our school’s duty of care responsibility for health and safety of children
and staff.

It is to be implemented throughout the year and is considered when planning all events e.g.
assemblies, camps, excursions and sporting events.

Where appropriate, this policy also applies to the Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) services
operating at the school such as before/after school care, vacation care and curriculum day care.

3. Implementation

As part of general Health and Wellbeing strategies, our school will:
Behaviour
    Encourage children to walk or ride safely to school
    Encourage healthy eating consistent with the Australian Dietary Guidelines for Children
       and Adolescents and promote fresh fruit and vegetable consumption.
    Encourage children to drink plain water throughout the day.
    Foster a belief that accidents are predictable and preventable.
    Encourage safe, active unstructured play.
    Provide opportunities for inclusive participation in safe, structured physical activities.
    Encourage children to wear safety equipment during sporting activities when appropriate
       e.g. a mouthguard.
    Support safe walking and riding to school where appropriate e.g. use of helmets, reflective
       vests, pedestrian crossings.
    Remind children to apply SPF 30 + broad spectrum sunscreen before going outdoors from
       September to April.

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      Encourage children to use available areas of shade for outdoor activities from September
       to April.
    Actively encourage families to develop individual asthma action plans for each student
       with asthma and store these with student asthma records in a central location.
    Develop an Anaphylaxis Management Plan for each student, developed in consultation with
       the student’s parents/carers and medical practitioner.
    Request staff and encourage parents to act as role models by:
                 making healthy food and beverage choices,
                 participating in sporting activities safely,
                 following safe behaviours and practices,
                 practising SunSmart behaviours from September to April i.e. wearing
                  appropriate clothing, hats and sunglasses, applying sunscreen and seeking
                  shade, and
                 adopting healthy fundraising initiatives.
    Have a school uniform/ dress code and sports uniform that includes:
                 clothing that allows safe, physical activity and play,
                 sun protective clothing,
                 a broad brimmed, legionnaire or bucket hat that is worn whenever outside from
                  September to April, and
                 close fitting, wrap around sunglasses that meet the Australian Standard 1067
                  (optional) that are worn from September to April.
Environment
    Ensure the school canteen and food services provide appropriate, healthy choices
       consistent with the Australian Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents.
    Allow access to clean drinking water.
    Ensure play spaces:
                 are safe,
                 allow for a variety of play activities,
                 encourage developmentally appropriate play experiences,
                 include play equipment or materials that can be adapted to create new physical
                  challenges for children, and
                 have access to shade.
    Provide appropriate storage space for bikes (if applicable).
    Organise outdoor activities to be held in areas with plenty of shade whenever possible
       and/or ensure good individual sun protection from September to April.
    Work towards increasing the number of shelters and trees, to provide adequate shade in
       the school grounds.
    Incorporate asthma friendly and allergy reducing procedures for school maintenance e.g.
       consider timing of lawn mowing of school grounds, choice of cleaning products.



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Curriculum
This policy applies to all levels of the curriculum and supports VELS Health and Physical
Education and Interpersonal Development domains.
    Ensure Health and Wellbeing education and resources are available for all school staff,
       (including Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) staff), children and families.
    Regularly reinforce and promote health and wellbeing messages and behaviour to the
       whole school community through avenues such as; education and training, newsletters,
       parent meetings, staff meetings, school assemblies, student and teacher activities and on
       student enrolment.
    Where appropriate stimulate local community involvement in structured physical activity
       and sport.
    Follow mandated (Department of Education, Circular 361/2002 Active Schools and Smart Eating packages) time
       allocations for physical and sport education for children:
                Years P–3: twenty–thirty minutes of physical education a day, and
                Years 4–6: three hours per week of physical education and sport with a
                   minimum provision of 50 per cent for physical education.

Health and Wellbeing messages include information regarding healthy practices, healthy lifestyles
and resilience for example:
    Active play and physical activity,
    Asthma awareness,
    Healthy food and drinks,
    Injury prevention, treatment and management,
    Oral hygiene,
    Safety education and training,
    Self-awareness, social-awareness, self-management, relationship skills and responsible
       decision-making, and
    Sun protection.

To support our Health and Wellbeing policy, our school is also a member of the following
programs:
    Asthma Friendly Schools,
    Kids – ‘Go for your life’ Award Program,
    KIDS Foundation’s Safety Club Program,
    Nutrition Australia’s Healthy Eating Schools Program, and
    SunSmart Schools Program.

Where appropriate, our school has explored the opportunity for our children to participate in the
Active After-school Communities (AASC) program.

We also use support materials and resources from:
   Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV),
   Go for your life Healthy Canteens Advisory Service,
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   Kidsafe,
   Playgrounds and Recreation Association of Victoria (PRAV) – Promoting the value of play,
   Ride2School Program,
   Smartplay,
   Traffic Safety Education Reference Group, and
   Walk Safely to School Day
Where appropriate, our OSHC service:
   Refers to the Heart Foundation’s ‘Eat Smart, Play Smart’ manual for nutrition and physical
      activity/ active play information and practical ideas, and
   Uses support materials from Community Child Care Association.

4. Evaluation and review

<Name of Position/Committee> will review the effectiveness of this policy every three years.

They will:
1.   Review the behaviour of children, staff, parents, and visitors and make recommendations
     for improvement.

2.     Assess the school environment and its capacity to support the health and wellbeing policy
       and make recommendations for further support.

3.     Update and promote curriculum material relevant to health and wellbeing activities.


5. This policy was ratified by school council on <(insert date>




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6. References (also refer to Appendix)

Victorian Government Schools Reference Guide
3.11 Student learning and wellbeing
3.16 Physical and sport education / 3.16.1 Physical and sport education policy
3.17 Health Education
4.4 Student safety and risk management
4.5.7 Students with Asthma
4.5.11 Skin protection
4.5.12 School health and dental services
4.6 Student care and supervision
4.8 Student dress code
4.14 School canteens

Catholic Education Commission of Victoria
Policy 1.14 Pastoral Care of Students in Catholic Schools
Policy 1.15 A Guidelines for Curriculum in the Catholic School P-12

Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority
Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS)
     Health and Physical Education Domain
     Interpersonal Development Domain

Active After-school Communities (AASC) www.ausport.gov.au/aasc
Asthma Friendly Schools www.asthmafriendlyschools.org.au
Best Start www.beststart.vic.gov.au/
Community Child Care Association www.cccvic.org.au/
Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) www.dhsv.org.au
Eat Smart, Play Smart www.heartfoundation.org.au
Go for your life Healthy Canteens Advisory Service www.goforyourlife.vic.gov.au
KidsMatter www.kidsmatter.edu.au
Kidsafe www.kidsafevic.com.au
KIDS Foundation www.kidsfoundation.org.au
Kids - Go For Your Life www.goforyourlife.vic.gov.au/kids
Nutrition Australia www.nutritionaustralia.org
Play by the rules www.playbytherules.net.au
PRAV- Promoting the value of play www.prav.asn.au
Ride2School Program www.ride2school.com.au
Smartplay www.smartplay.com.au
SunSmart www.sunsmart.com.au
Traffic Safety Education Reference Group www.vicroads.vic.gov.au
Walk Safely to School Day www.walk.com.au

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7. Appendix
Active After-school Communities (AASC)
     Aims to enhance the physical activity levels of primary school aged children, provide increased opportunities for
     inclusive participation in quality, safe and fun structured physical activity and stimulate local community
     involvement in sport and structured physical activity.
Asthma Friendly Schools
     Aims to reduce the impact of Asthma on day-to-day life and to help people manage their asthma.
Best Start
     Best Start is a Victorian government early years initiative which involves communities working together to improve
     the health, development, learning and wellbeing of our children.
Community Child Care Association
     Provides leadership to ensure all families have access to high quality community children's services.
Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV)
     Aims to minimise and/or prevent dental caries and other oral health problems.
Go for your life Healthy Canteens Advisory Service
     Aims to share healthy eating messages with families and the whole school community and change foods provided
     and promoted within the school environment.
Heart Foundation: Eat Smart, Play Smart
     Aims to support Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) services to provide healthy food choices, physical activities and
     active play opportunities (thereby achieving Quality Assurance Areas 5 & 6) to facilitate healthy lifestyles to
     maintain a healthy weight.
Kidsafe (Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Australia)
     Aims to promote child injury prevention and educate the Victorian public in the effort to preserve and protect the
     lives of children.
KIDS Foundation – Think safe, play safe
     Aims to raise awareness about safety and contribute to reducing the incidence of childhood injury.
Kids - Go For Your Life
     Aims to create healthier Victorian children who enjoy healthy eating and physical activity every day.
KidsMatter
     Aims to improve the mental health and well being of primary school students, reduce mental health problems
     among students and achieve greater support and assistance for students at risk or experiencing mental health
     problems.
Nutrition Australia
     Aims to promote healthy eating across the whole school environment to help prevent nutrition-related health
     problems, including obesity and to help children develop healthy eating habits as adults.
PRAV (Playgrounds and Recreation Association of Victoria)- Promoting the value of play
     Aims to provide resources, information and advice about play, playgrounds and play opportunities.
Ride2School Program
     Aims to increase the number of students walking and riding to school. Ride2School encourages healthy lifestyles
     by increasing students' physical activity levels.
Smartplay
     Aims to reduce the frequency and severity of sports injury associated with sport and active recreation and to
     encourage people to become, and to remain, physically active.
SunSmart
     Aims to raise awareness of skin and eye damage and skin cancer caused by over exposure to ultraviolet (UV)
     radiation and encourage the use of a combination of 5 sun protection measures: clothing, hats, sunscreen,
     sunglasses and shade from September to April.
Traffic Safety Education Reference Group
     Provides a range of road safety resources and programs that deliver developmentally appropriate education to
     prepare children and young people to become safe and independent road users.
Walk Safely to School Day
     Aims to encourage primary children and their parents to live healthy and active lifestyles while also highlighting the
     importance of road safety and reducing the impact of carbon emissions on our environment.
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