Crunch time for Star of the Sea students

Chloe FraserSound Telegraph
Star of the Sea Primary School Year 4 students Eloise Skinner, Isabelle Noordzy, teacher Tracy Cosgrove, Dieu Nguyen and Sofia Rojas.
Camera IconStar of the Sea Primary School Year 4 students Eloise Skinner, Isabelle Noordzy, teacher Tracy Cosgrove, Dieu Nguyen and Sofia Rojas. Credit: Chloe Fraser

About 630 students at Star of the Sea Primary School will collectively munch fresh vegetables on Friday as part of the Great Vegie Crunch.

Like many schools, Star of the Sea takes part in the nationwide crunch and sip initiative, which encourages healthy eating with a set break for students to eat fruit or vegetables and drink water in the classroom.

However, the school is taking its healthy living and sustainability message up a notch, with all students gathering at a special assembly on Friday to crunch into raw vegetables at the same time to raise their “crunch-o-meters” off the charts.

Cancer Council WA schools nutrition co-ordinator Shannon Wright said the Great Vegie Crunch was a fun way to educate kids about healthy eating.

“We know that WA kids are eating plenty of fruit but they are missing out on vital nutrients from vegetables, so the Great Vegie Crunch is a great way to show kids fun ways to consume vegies like carrots and celery,” she said. Star of the Sea is also raising health and environmental awareness by discouraging single-use plastics at the school.

Teacher Tracy Cosgrove said students were instead encouraged to use bento-style lunch boxes with storage compartments or to use reusable beeswax wraps instead of plastic wrap.

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