While schools nationwide now have access to free menstrual products to fight menstrual poverty, one school in Timaru is already ahead of the game.
For the past three years, Craighead Diocesan School has provided free products to students in two main bathrooms, organized by the school’s student health committee.
Craighead principal Lindy Graham said the school had signed up for the government program, despite the committee implementing it earlier because students believed there was a need.
“They [the committee] products collected and provided in the toilets [plus using free samples wherever possible] from that point on and kept them replenished as needed, ”Graham said.
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Assistant principal Rosie Paul, who helps restock the products, said they come in handy when a student is “caught off guard” or forgotten.
“They may not be asking their parents for products, or they may not have told their parents they needed them,” Rosie said.
She said the free articles relieved students of pressure and stress.
“I think the government program is a good idea because it is quite expensive [to provide the products]. “
Timaru Girls’ High School principal Deb Hales said the school will also enroll in the period products program.
“They’ve been ordered but haven’t arrived yet,” Hales said.
“We look forward to being able to provide these products to the girls who need them. It is a great initiative.
Mixed schools Roncalli College and Mountainview High School will also join the program.
Roncalli College principal Chris Comeau doesn’t think it will affect attendance, while Mountainview principal Kenny Diamond said it was too early to say if it would affect attendance. attendance.
“This is a great initiative, and we are excited to be able to provide these products to our community, for free,” said Diamond.
The government announced the implementation of the free period product program in February for all public and integrated schools and kura to ensure that there are no barriers to student education.
By the end of March, 1,400 out of around 2,400 schools had opted for the program, according to the Education Department.
“This initiative is also part of a range of approaches aimed at mitigating the impacts of socioeconomic disadvantage and reducing child poverty,” the Ministry of Education said on its website.