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