Pup­pet shows en­force child safety mes­sages

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The chil­dren love the en­ergy of the per­for­mances Clare Thom­son

Con­sta­ble Care was out on the road last week tak­ing his safety mes­sages to re­gional school stu­dents across the cen­tral Great South­ern.

The iconic Con­sta­ble char­ac­ter came with the Child Safety Foun­da­tion’s trav­el­ling ed­u­ca­tional road­show to teach re­gional chil­dren about bul­ly­ing, pro­tec­tive be­hav­iours, road safety and cy­ber safety.

Stu­dents at Brae­side and Katan­ning pri­mary schools took part in the an­tibul­ly­ing Fren­e­mies per­for­mance, which en­cour­ages au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion to role­play so­lu­tions to real-life is­sues. Per­form­ers Clare Thom­son said Con­sta­ble Care shows gave stu­dents the skills they needed to make good de­ci­sions about their safety.

“The chil­dren love the en­ergy of the per­for­mances,” she said.

Ms Thom­son said the Fren­e­mies per­for­mance was par­tic­u­larly en­gag­ing.

“This show uses an ap­proach called Fo­rum Theatre, which en­cour­ages stu­dents to col­lab­o­rate with the ac­tors to role-play so­lu­tions to real-life is­sues,” she said.

As well as Katan­ning pri­mary schools Con­sta­ble Care also vis­ited Wil­liams Pri­mary School, Wa­gin Dis­trict High School, Dum­b­leyung Pri­mary School, Pin­gelly Pri­mary School, Nar­ro­gin Pri­mary School, and Ko­jonup Dis­trict High School.

Pic­ture: WA Po­lice

Con­sta­ble Care per­form­ers Clare Thom­son and David Kins­man with Katan­ning po­lice Con­sta­ble Cameron John­son.

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