Star of the Sea Primary School students are on a health kick


Jack Billows, Jesse Lovegrove, Maddison Billows, mum Rebecca Billows, Myles Waller, Bodhi Lovegrove and Riley Spadaccini. Picture: Jon Hewson   d455394
Jack Billows, Jesse Lovegrove, Maddison Billows, mum Rebecca Billows, Myles Waller, Bodhi Lovegrove and Riley Spadaccini. Picture: Jon Hewson d455394

STAR of the Sea Primary School pupils are revelling in a bumper crop of school-grown produce.

Students and staff have been working hard to establish healthy eating habits within the school.

Assistant principal Gillian Young said healthy eating was a current topic they were exploring.

“The program includes elements of environment and sustainability,” Mrs Young said.

“We are committed to major changes in terms of providing healthy choices for children at our school canteen, educating them through sustainability programs and learning how good foods are grown.”

Their Healthy Eating policy and Waste Wise initiative was introduced this year in line with the Education Department’s Healthy Food and Drink guidelines.

Canteen supervisor Tracey Skipworth said it had been challenging but their program had gained momentum.

“There were some loud opinions at first but several months in we have had nothing but positive feedback, particularly from teachers who say students no longer are falling asleep after lunch,” she said.

The school also has chickens, an aquaponics system and a worm farm.

The school sells herbs and worm fertiliser on Mondays to help pay for the feed for the chickens, new seeds and soil.

“During the lunch period children love tending to the fish, chickens and vege gardens – their enthusiasm is wonderful,” Ms Skipworth said.