The­atre sends mes­sage

Broome Advertiser - - HAPPENINGS - Carly Laden

Pri­mary school chil­dren in the Kimberley had the chance to learn some valu­able safety lessons in a unique way re­cently.

Con­sta­ble Care Child Safety Foun­da­tion per­form­ers An­drew Daw­son and Court­ney Turner used pup­petry and the­atre to teach stu­dents in Broome, Bea­gle Bay and Bidyadanga about bul­ly­ing, pro­tec­tive be­hav­iours and in­ter­net safety.

“Stu­dents have re­sponded very well, es­pe­cially to Fun Scary, our pro­tec­tive be­hav­iour per­for­mance,” Daw­son said.

“It’s a fun show with a very im­por­tant child safety mes­sage.

“It was a real plea­sure vis­it­ing stu­dents from Broome and its sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties. It’s a beau­ti­ful part of the coun­try.”

Daw­son and Turner, along­side the Con­sta­ble Care pup­pets, vis­ited St Mary’s Col­lege, La Grange Re­mote Com­mu­nity School, Sa­cred Heart Bea­gle Bay, Broome North Pri­mary School, Broome Pri­mary School and Ca­ble Beach Pri­mary School in the space of a week last month.

The Con­sta­ble Care Child Safety Foun­da­tion em­barks on up to 16 tours of re­gional WA each year.

Foun­da­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive David Grib­ble said re­gional com­mu­ni­ties of­ten missed out on city-based pro­grams, but lo­cal chil­dren still ex­pe­ri­enced the same so­cial is­sues and peer pres­sures as those in met­ro­pol­i­tan ar­eas.

“As a Statewide ser­vice, we en­sure coun­try chil­dren don’t miss out by sched­ul­ing vis­its to re­gional and re­mote ar­eas con­tin­u­ally through­out the school year,” he said.

“In fact, more than 25 per cent of our in-school pro­grams are de­liv­ered out­side the Perth metro area in places such as the Kimberley, Pil­bara, Gold­fields and Great South­ern.”

Con­sta­ble Care per­form­ers An­drew Daw­son and Court­ney Turner use pup­pets to teach chil­dren about bul­ly­ing, pro­tec­tive be­hav­iours and in­ter­net safety.

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