Education Week

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body
Education Week 21 - 27 May 2017

This year’s Education Week will be celebrated from 21 to 27 May with the theme of Healthy Mind, Healthy Body.

What is Education Week?

Education Week is an opportunity for all primary and secondary schools and early childhood services to showcase the work they are doing for students to help ensure healthy minds and bodies.

The week aims to profile and celebrate everything from sport, dance, mentoring, yoga, meditation, reading, and art, to camps, excursions, breakfast clubs, healthy canteen menus, stress management and resilience; and more.

How can schools get involved?

Education Week poster

Download and print the Education Week poster to display:

Ideas for schools

Download the ideas for schools document to help plan your involvement in Education Week.

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation

The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation has provided a range of ideas for teachers and students to try in their classrooms and schools. Download the colourful and fun resources below.

Achievement Program

Education Week is an opportunity to implement activities to improve the health and wellbeing of your students and staff, and work towards the Achievement Program health priority areas at the same time. 

The Achievement Program allows schools to broadly look at health and wellbeing within their school and determine what policy, cultural and environmental changes are needed to improve the health of their school community. You can join over 500 schools already improving the health of their children, students and staff with the Achievement Program.

The Achievement Program focuses on eight health priorities:

  • Healthy Eating and Oral Health
  • Physical Activity
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Sexual Health and Wellbeing
  • Sun Protection
  • Safe Environments
  • Alcohol and other Drug Use
  • Tobacco Control

Schools taking part in the Achievement Program are recognised by the Victorian State Government.

Visit the Achievement Program website for tools and resources or contact Cancer Council Victoria on 1300 721 682 who deliver the program.

Read how members of the Achievement Program are making their school environments healthier on the Achievement Program blog.

Share your ideas and stories

We ask schools to start thinking about how they might be able to mark education week for their students and school community, and to also let the Department know about any stories relating to the theme that schools think should be promoted during that week.

Please send story ideas or any questions about the week to:

Further information

The overall goal of Education Week is to positively profile the strengths and achievements of Victoria’s government education sector. The Healthy Mind, Healthy Body theme aligns to the Education State target of Happy, Healthy and Resilient Kids, which recognises that the healthy development of our students helps to drive the future prosperity of Victoria.

For more information on Education State targets, see: