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St Paul’s is the first Victorian secondary school to complete the Victorian Government’s Achievement Program.

Date: December 1, 2017

St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School has been recognised by the Victorian Government to be the first secondary school in the state to have completed the Achievement Program.

This program supports schools and kindergartens to create healthy environments for learning, working and living and encourages a holistic view of health for children, families, staff and the entire school community.

St Paul’s completed all of the eight health priority areas within the program by June this year.

Marnie Wilson from the Achievement Program team commended St Paul’s for its great collaborative work, particularly around partnerships and taking a “whole schools” approach.”

St Paul’s Business Manager, Leah Young, said the school began the program with a review of the canteen menu across campuses at Warragul and Traralgon and had progressively worked through the eight key areas with staff, students, and parents and developing community partnerships.

“Students were involved in all key areas of the program including the canteen menu review where they were able to sample and provide feedback on new healthy recipes. Sports Captains were engaged to assist the drafting of new policies relating to health and physical activities, health promotion activities were conducted, and a Health and Wellbeing Team established to drive a whole of school approach.”

Mrs Young said a partnership with West Gippsland Healthcare Group’s Health Promotion team had provided valuable guidance in the projects implementation and development.

“We were able to draw on the knowledge and expertise of the WGHG Health Promotion team particularly in the area of engagement and best practice.”

WGHG’s Health Promotion Officer, Angela Greenall, said St Paul’s had taken many proactive steps to achieve best practice in terms of health and wellbeing and made significant changes which have been embraced by the whole school community.

“West Gippsland Healthcare Group congratulates them on their great success.”

A profile of the School’s achievements can be found at:  http://www.achievementprogram.health.vic.gov.au/schools/learn-from-others