CHAT proves ben­e­fi­cial

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TWO lo­cal schools are among the first in WA to be recog­nised for im­prov­ing the health and well­be­ing of their com­mu­ni­ties.

Can­ning Vale Col­lege and Yule Brook Col­lege re­ceived gold awards for com­plet­ing Chang­ing Health Act­ing To­gether (CHAT), an ini­tia­tive de­vel­oped by School Drug Ed­u­ca­tion and Road Aware.

CHAT helps stu­dents learn about road safety and the dan­gers of al­co­hol and drugs by en­cour­ag­ing schools to run work­shops and base lessons around them.

Can­ning Vale Col­lege health program co-or­di­na­tor Mi­randa Cooke said CHAT had im­proved com­mu­ni­ca­tion and cre­ated stronger re­la­tion­ships be­tween stu­dents, staff, par­ents and the com­mu­nity.

“We are ex­tremely proud to be one of the first schools in WA to com­plete CHAT; our stu­dents, staff and par­ents feel we have a safe, pos­i­tive and in­clu­sive en­vi­ron­ment,” she said.

An­other school, Bletchley Park Pri­mary School, re­ceived a bronze award for reach­ing the first level in the ini­tia­tive.

The program of­fers stepby-step sup­port to schools to help them de­velop a co­he­sive, whole-school cur­ricu­lum to ed­u­cate stu­dents on the risks.

CHAT pro­vides re­sources such as tem­plates, ac­tion plans and sur­veys, con­sul­tancy advice and fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to par­tic­i­pat­ing schools.

Can­ning Vale Col­lege staff (from left) An­gela Somerville, Andy Gray, Mi­randa Cooke and Peter Ru­drum.

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