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Beating the drum for healthy minds

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November 29, 2017

Students from Rochester Primary School celebrated the Mindfulness and Health Day recently.

LEARNING to be healthy and happy was of top importance for Rochester Primary School grade five and six students on their Mindfulness and Health Day.

The school designed the day for their senior students to help navigate dealing with mental health issues, such as anxiety and stress.

A range of speakers and workshops were organised for a fun and jam-packed day.

The school’s social worker, Shayna Davis, worked with the students in a DRUMBEAT therapy session.

Teacher Steven Rasmussen said this session was aimed to ‘‘promote self reflection’’.

‘‘Students also had the chance to engage in a yoga session with Marilyn Grosman, a registered yoga instructor,’’ he said.

‘‘Grosman taught the students some yoga postures as well as a few essential relaxation techniques.’’

Students also had the chance to get up and about with Suzie from the Dance Fitness Factory in Echuca.

“They loved dancing along to songs, discovering another way that they can improve their fitness while having great fun,” Mr Rasmussen said.

Triathlon Victoria made an appearance and spoke to students to discuss the health benefits of being a triathlete as well as how to get involved in their local area.

The students were also introduced to Martin Heppell from the Resilience Project.

Mr Rasmussen said the Resilience Project is a worldwide program that aims to help children improve their mental health.

“Students were encouraged to look for positives in all situations,” he said.

Rasmussen said the day would not have been achievable without the grant from the Rochester Fun Run that paid for all of the guest speakers.

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