Ellon Academy Health Fair

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PUPILS from Ellon Academy’s S2 were exposed to a variety of positive health messages on Tuesday, as the school hosted its S2 Health Fair.

As part of the new Curriculum for Excellence, schools are obliged to provide guidance to pupils regarding healthy living, encouraging them to make the right choices regarding sex, drugs and alcohol.

Pupils at the event heard presentations from specialists on drugs, tobacco, alcohol, sexual health, sleep and young people’s activities in the community.

The youngsters worked in groups of five or six, spread between the STA and the drama department. Sessions lasted between five and ten minutes with each speaker, with groups then moving on to the next topic for discussion.

Talks were hosted by representatives of a number of groups concerned with young peoples’ health, including the police, national Health Service, Community Learning and Development, and Barnados.

School nurse Jackie Stephen told the Times that the event provided a chance for youngsters to access information with multi-agency input.

“The S2s will learn about subjects which are priorities for health promoting schools. The aim is to encourage kids to make the choices that will lead to healthier lives. We’re also looking to build relationships with the youngsters at the workshops.”