Although we have passed the half way point, there is still time for students and families to get involved in our Rainbow Challenge. If by chance you are yet to be convinced, improved circulation, memory and brain function, healthier hair, skin, nails and enhancements to eyesight and the immune system are just a selection of benefits brought about by eating a range of fruit and vegetable colours. Here you can see just a selection of some of our students participating in the challenge, both at school and at home.
There are lots of ways you can support your children in achieving this including: healthy snacks at break and lunch time, encouraging them to eat from the salad bar in the Dining hall and even family visits to food halls, markets and grocery stores to pick up, see, smell and taste fruit and vegetables which are rarely, if ever, are included in your weekly shopping.
Don’t forget to complete the Rainbow Challenge Card Template. Students need to record at least 1 fruit or vegetable from each colour group over the course of 1, 2 or 3 weeks. A colour may be repeated on the 7th day each week given there are only 6 colour groups. However, the fruit or vegetable recorded should not be a repeated!
There are three levels of challenge available to all Primary students.
Bronze Award: 5 Merit Points
Students must consume one fruit or vegetable from each colour group (without repeating any) over the course of 7 consecutive days.
Silver Award: 10 Merit Points
Students must consume one fruit or vegetable from each colour group (without repeating any) over the course of 2 consecutive weeks (14 days).
Gold Award: 15 Merit Points & 'Rainbow Champion Pin'
Students must consume one fruit or vegetable from each colour group (without repeating any) over the course of 3 consecutive weeks (21 days).
Additional Merit points are available for including any of the bonus bundles on your Rainbow Challenge Card Template. To be awarded the associated merit points, students must include all fruits and vegetables within the bundle!
- Students in Year 1-3 can evidence their achievements in the rainbow challenge in multiple ways.
- Print off the Rainbow Challenge Card Template and draw/colour the fruit or vegetable you have eaten each day.
- Print off the Rainbow Challenge Card Template and fruit/vegetable cards, cut out and colour in those which you have eaten and stick onto your Rainbow Challenge Card.
- At the end of the challenge, all printed copies of the challenge can be handed directly to your classroom teacher who will pass these on to receive your Bronze, Silver or Gold award.
- Alternatively, you can try the Year 4-6 challenge of a 'selfie' of you eating your chosen fruit/vegetable, or a plain image of the fruit or vegetable itself is required for each day to be considered complete.
- To participate, students should log their progress using the Rainbow Challenge Template on Firefly, or on any photo collage app.
- A 'selfie' of you eating your chosen fruit/vegetable, or a plain image of the fruit or vegetable itself is required for each day to be considered complete.
- This task has been set for you and can be found under the ’tasks’ area of your Firefly Dashboard. Upon completing the challenge, your personalised Rainbow Challenge should be uploaded. This is the only way to receive your Bronze, Silver or Gold award.
The challenge ends on Friday 22nd March, paper entries (Year 1-3) and online entries (Year 4-6) should be submitted no later than Monday 25th March (Year 2-6) or Monday 1st April (Year 1).
Teacher of Physical Education, Health & Wellbeing Leader