Sarah always has very busy days

  • Sarah's days are always busy, packed with lots of exciting things to do, so she doesn't want to get sick.

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    She knows that it is easy to pick up germs and they can make you sick.  Another name for germs is bacteria.  Sarah always makes sure she washes her hands properly so the bacteria on her hands don't give her an infection.

    Sarah gets up early each day because she has lots to do before she goes to school.  She starts with a shower to waken and freshen herself up.  Using warm water and soap helps to look after her skin and to wash off any bacteria on her body so that she stays healthy.

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    When Sarah was really little she was given a puppy as a very special present.  This puppy has grown into a cheeky and lovable dog called Fergus.  Every morning Sarah and her father walk Fergus to the park.  At the park, Sarah is allowed to let Fergus off the lead for a run.  His favourite game is to chase and fetch the stick she throws for him.  After playing in the park, it is time to go home for breakfast.  Fergus also has a big drink of water from his bowl because chasing sticks is hard work and makes him very thirsty.

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    Sarah knows that when playing in the park with Fergus some bacteria may have got on her hands so before Sarah has breakfast it is important for her to have clean hands. Again she uses warm water and soap to wash her hands.  She gently rubs all over her hands, her wrists, between her fingers and under her fingernails.  Sarah rinses her hands and dries them thoroughly with a towel.  Oh and I nearly forgot, she saves water by making sure the tap is turned off tight.  No drips to upset the adults like Mum and Dad.

    Sarah has a good breakfast to give her the energy for schoolwork and play.  Her favourite is cereal with yoghurt with fruit, but today she has vegemite on toast with a glass of milk.  After breakfast she washes her hands and brushes her teeth.

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    School is a great place to be.  Sarah learns new and interesting things and has fun with her friends.  Today Sarah's friend Angelina has brought along photographs of her family holiday.  She hands them around for all to see.  We all notice that poor Liam has a terrible cold today.  Maybe it is a virus?  He had to protect others by putting his hand over his mouth when coughing.  Unfortunately when Liam coughed into his hand he then passed the photographs to his classmates. Sarah's teacher Mr. Pettolino reminds Liam that he should wash his hands after he coughs or sneezes even if he uses a tissue.

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    Liam hadn't realized that he might cause other children to become unwell.  So while Liam was washing his hands he remembers to gently rubs all over his hands, his wrists, between his fingers and under his nails …………….. it doesn't take long about 20 seconds.    Sarah also told Liam bacteria are so tiny you need a microscope to see them.

    When looking after children at playtime Mr. Pettolino sees that some children are coming out of the toilet without washing their hands.  Lots of bacteria are found in bathrooms and toilets.  Not washing your hands after using the toilet may also cause you to  get sick, sometimes with diarrhoea. 

     

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    Mr. Pettolino reminds the children that washing your hands after using the toilet was very important. He decided to ask all children to make hand washing reminder posters and to hang them in different places throughout their school. The children were busy all afternoon creating the posters.  Everyone enjoyed making them. Posters were placed in the toilets and near places where children play and eat.

    Soon the teachers and children started to notice that a lot more children were washing their hands and that fewer children had been away sick from school.   Everyone was really happy because school was now a healthier place because the hand washing message was working.