Eco-Walk 2015

 Hey kids pull on your takkies – it’s Eco-Walk time!


The RPPPS mini walk has become a firm favourite on the social calendar and it is one of the school’s biggest fund raising events. Join your child/ren in an exhilarating amble around the Greenside Scout Hall while raising their environmental awareness.

Each child will be encouraged to walk 10 laps and their efforts will be rewarded with a super goodie bag and 2015 Eco-Walk Award. Children will also receive recycled materials that they will use on a communal piece of artwork for the school.

Instead of sponsoring your children per lap, we invite as many family members and friends to sponsor the child’s efforts. Please ensure the minimum amount sponsored on each form is R50. Siblings and friends are most welcome to participate at a cost of R50.

There will be delicious boerie rolls, muffins, hot chocolate, tea, barista coffee, beers & ciders and cold drinks on sale. Children can enjoy a tuk-tuk ride too for a bit of extra fun. Bring a picnic blanket or camp chair and enjoy a good day out.

Join the fun, wear a little green and support your school!

Please complete the “sponsorship” form on the next page and place it with your donation in an envelope into the money box that will be available at school.

All sponsorship forms need to be returned by the 12 June for planning purposes.

RPPP Eco-Walk

Link Between Good Nutrition & Learning for Children

Good nutrition promotes not only physical growth and health, but also cognitive development, helping children learn from infancy through adolescence and beyond.

Cognitive development includes remembering, problem solving and decision-making. Children perform their intellectual best when they have the winning combination of healthy, balanced meals and daily physical activity.

First Years

Proper nutrition begins in the mother’s womb. The foods the mother eats helps the baby develop physically and mentally. An undernourished baby may suffer from irreversible brain damage, including learning disabilities and mental retardation. Iron deficiency in infancy may also cause permanent brain damage and learning and behavior problems. Drinking too much cow’s milk puts toddlers at risk for iron deficiency. Toddlers should have no more than 24 oz. of cow’s milk a day, cites KidsHealth. Malnutrition in the child’s first years of life may also affect the child’s physical health for the rest of his life, leading to chronic absences in school.

School Years

A balanced diet helps children perform better academically. A hungry child may have problems paying attention and thinking. This is why breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. A healthy breakfast of whole grains, low-fat protein, low-fat dairy and fruits and vegetables improves children’s concentration, creative thinking, alertness, problem-solving skills and hand-eye coordination. Meals provide brain fuel. A 1996 study by the Hebrew University found that children who ate breakfast at school performed better on standardized tests than children who ate earlier at home, or did not eat breakfast at all.

No one food acts as a “super” food, magically boosting the brain to optimal performance, but different foods aid learning in different ways. Foods containing iron, such as spinach, beans or cereal, help transport oxygen to the brain. A child with an iron deficiency may have trouble concentrating. Protein–found in meats, dairy, eggs and beans–aids in alertness and motivation. Foods high in B vitamins, such as enriched grains, bananas, fish and dairy products, help the brain’s memory. B vitamin deficiency may result in memory problems and confusion.

Promoting Good Nutrition

Children learn food habits at home, beginning in their first years. Promote good nutrition by offering a variety of healthy foods, and leading by example, eating healthy foods in proportion and staying physically active. Serve a healthy breakfast and pack a healthy lunch, but don’t force a child to clean her plate, which may teach her to eat past feeling full. Make meal time a family gathering. Children who eat family meals are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables and less likely to drink or smoke, cites KidsHealth. Additionally, a 1994 “Reader’s Digest” poll found that high school seniors who frequently shared meals with their families had higher scholastic scores than their peers who did not.
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Love language #2: Words of affirmation

The second love language is words of affirmation

Some children feel their greatest sense of love in expressions that affirm them.In communicating love, words are powerful. Words of affection and endearment, words of praise and encouragement, words that give positive guidance all say  “I care about you.” Such words nurture the child’s inner sense of worth and security. Even though such words are quickly said, they are not soon forgotten. A child reaps the benefits of affirming words for life.

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