Bishop meets Harold the giraffe
DURWESTON Primary welcomed a special visitor recently. The Bishop of Sherborne, The Right Reverend Dr Graham Kings, joined a special giraffe called Harold and pupils in the Life Education Wessex mobile classroom to learn more about how their bodies work and what they need to do to keep themselves healthy.
Sessions help children aged 3 – 11 years old learn valuable life skills using age-specific activities on topics such as: self-esteem; drug and alcohol awareness; assertiveness and anti-bullying techniques; positive friendships; and being safe and healthy.
Recent research with school children who have taken part in the Life Education programme demonstrates its exceptional success rate: 87% of children knew more about keeping healthy; 76% recognised how their emotions and needs change in different situations; 88% understood how others influence the choices they make about smoking, alcohol and other drugs; and 69% reported they had learned to be more assertive.
Vicki Solly, educator manager for Life Education Wessex, said: "Children at Durweston CE Primary had the chance to take part in fun, exciting activities that will help them be more informed and more assertive about the health and well-being choices they make for the rest of their lives."
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The Bishop of Sherborne, The Right Reverend Dr Graham Kings, said: "I am very impressed with the personal care, professionalism and interactive style of Life Education. Vicki's friend Harold the Giraffe becomes a friend to all as the children learn about their bodies, health and fitness. The mobile classroom uses modern electronic media and glove puppets imaginatively. May this key education for life flourish in Wessex."
Mrs Elizabeth Wesley-Barker, Headteacher at Durweston CE Primary said: "Children at Durweston look forward to Harold coming every year and talk about what they have learnt for months afterwards. We are very grateful to the Durweston PTA (led by Rachel Hiscock) who have offered to pay for all the children to attend the sessions this year since they feel it is such a worthy cause!"