Young artist wins prize to transform playground

Live Life Well; WSLHD
Live Life Well poster competition winner Jiho Yoo with Live Life Well Co-ordinator Jennifer Plaskett (left) and Urban Landscape Project Milva Petrini.

Students at Baulkham Hills North Public School will soon have their playground turned into a work-of-art, thanks to a talented Year 2 student who won the inaugural Live Life Well @ School poster competition.

Western Sydney primary school students were invited to enter the poster competition with the theme of fruit and vegetables or active outdoor play. The Live Life Well @ School program is a statewide program aimed at maximising student wellbeing through physical activity and eating well.

Live Life Well @ School co-ordinator Jenny Plaskett said the Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) Population Health team has registered 166 schools in this program.

“We wanted to hear from the students to get a real understanding of how they view active outdoor play; and fruit and vegetables,” Jenny said.

“We received more than 1,700 entries from 38 schools and it was fantastic to receive a diverse variety of the student’s interpretation of their ideas about fruits, vegetables and active play.

“We’ll be using some of these wonderful posters to promote the Live Life Well @ School program in Western Sydney” she said.

Baulkham Hills North Public School relieving principal Sandra McKay said they actively encourage students to enjoy active outside play and was delighted that her school took out the top prize in the competition.

“The students were excited to enter this competition and have the opportunity to provide input into the design of the playground markings. The more physically activity they are the more they focus in the classroom,” Sandra said.

For more information about the program or the competition, contact WSLHD Health Promotion Team Jenny Plaskett on 9840 3603.