Healthy Lifestyle and Sustainability Initiatives
Macgregor is very proud to be part of the Fresh Tastes Program. An ACT Government initiative, this program works with local businesses and community organisations to provide resources and discounts to schools and parents to help make healthy food and drinks easier choices.
The Fresh Tastes curriculum is implemented from preschool to year 6 and teaches the importance of nutrition as well as teaching children how to grow vegies in our school gardens. Fresh Tastes supports our school to extend this approach to make healthy food and drinks a stronger feature of everyday school life. In addition, Fresh Tastes supports families in making healthy choices for lunch boxes and educating the community about nutrition.
We have over twenty raised garden beds and a large kitchen in 'The Pod' building adjacent to Kindergarten. Through our kitchen garden program, children learn:positive food habits for lifeabout their natural environment, the seasons, and how to care for gardenspractical skills, from recycling, composting and preserving to budgeting and fundraisinglife skills, such as cooperating, sharing, critical thinking and leadershipby doing and having fun (they don’t even realise they’re learning)to be engaged, especially those who face barriers learning in the traditional classroom environment.
Water refill Station
Macgregor Primary School has installed fresh water refill stations. This initiative encourages students to drink tap water frequently and reduces the use of disposable water containers in our school.
Mindfulness is the practice of ‘just being’ . Being aware of the present moment and approaching it in an accepting, curious and open manner. Research on mindfulness practices in schools, has shown the benefits to students are wide-ranging, including decreased anxiety, enhanced social skills, increased optimism and improved engagement. Teachers are showing children how to complete mindful breathing and use body scan exercises during the school day.
Every Friday, executive teachers support the students in completing a bike ride through the adjacent Ginninderra Creek parklands.