Healthy Lunches and Nude Food

As we venture into the rhythmic, yet all-consuming routine of the school week, one key routine which may require significant planning is making lunches, and we all try to make our children’s lunches healthy, balanced and environmentally-friendly lunches. It is important to Newhaven College that we work with parents to foster in students a value for nutrition and their world through their lunch and snack choices. Across all sub-schools we encourage students to pack nude food, eat a wide range of fruit and vegetables, and eat from all the food groups in balance. In accord with Jamie Oliver’s assertion that “Real food doesn’t have ingredients, real food is ingredients”, students are shown the value of eating whole foods, unpackaged and free of preservatives.

Whilst we are all perfectly aware that, ‘nutritious lunches and snacks help to provide the energy your child needs to concentrate, learn and play throughout the day’, the lure of the simple, salty and sugary can be powerful. To make the routine of creating healthy, environmentally conscious lunches almost automatic, here are some useful lunchbox ideas and the Sanitarium ’12 Before 12’ guide to encourage kids to develop independent healthy shopping, growing and eating habits, no matter what their age.

The Sanitarium ’12 Before 12’ Guide

8 tips for how to pack a healthy lunchbox for back-to-school

Alycia James

Middle School Teacher

Support Michael's Run for Beyond Blue

Former Newhaven College student Michael Finn is set off on an ultra-marathon on 1 February, raising money for Beyond Blue.

Michael, who graduated from Newhaven College in 2016 is running from Melbourne to Sydney.

He expects the 900km run to take between 18 and 23 days, starting from Flinders Street Station and arriving at the Sydney Opera House, travelling through Seymour, Eurora, Wangaratta, Albury, Yass and Goulburn.

He hopes to raise $2500 for Beyond Blue, a service he’s used himself when he found it “difficult to cope with life”.

Please support his efforts:

Photo: San Remo and Phillip Island Advertiser.

The Wellbeing Barometer 2024

The Wellbeing Barometer survey has proven to be an invaluable tool for schools, providing insights into the state of youth mental health and wellbeing. Whilst last year’s results focussed the spotlight on areas of concern, there were also many highlights that demonstrated the resilience and adaptability of students and emphasised the necessity of prevention strategies.

Participating in this year's survey, will assist in identifying areas of strength and concern, as well as pinpointing opportunities for early intervention. Previously gathered information has helped support families as they navigate difficult conversations that enable understanding and foster connections to build relationships.

This survey is part of an ongoing, longitudinal study, with the results being instrumental in tailoring support for students and their families. Participation is strongly encouraged, as it provides a comprehensive view of students' experiences, challenges, and achievements over the past year. Its aim is to capture a comprehensive picture of young people's lives, allowing for a tailored approach to enhance mental and emotional wellbeing.

We encourage you to take a few moments to complete a survey for each of your children. This will help us determine the nature and extent of your concerns and how best to support families in the months ahead. Responses remain anonymous and will only be reported on an aggregated basis. You are asked to base your responses on observations made in the last 12 months.

Acquiring the skills for future independence, taking healthy risks, and giving young people the opportunity to emancipate from parents, are key developmental tasks that are essential if we are to stave off the impact of mental illness in the future. Please reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback. If this raises any concerns for you or your child, please reach out to the school or seek professional medical advice.

Here is the link to your special report.

For girls who love to kick a footy!

This Sunday!

Newhaven College is proud to host this event on our spectacular oval for the Phillip Island Football Netball Club.

Come along.