Expo

Stu­dents send a healthy mes­sage

Great Southern Herald - - Front Page - Saskia Adysti

Katan­ning Se­nior High School held a suc­cess­ful Health Expo on Fri­day.

The school’s Year 10 stu­dents set up mul­ti­ple stalls at the school gym to pro­mote var­i­ous as­pects of ev­ery­day health.

Stu­dents were grouped into teams of four or five and each team de­signed and cre­ated their own stalls.

Each team fo­cused on one par­tic­u­lar health as­pect and in­tro­duced the topic of their own choos­ing — they then in­tro­duced fun ac­tiv­i­ties and games.

One group de­cided to fo­cus on men­tal health is­sues, such as anx­i­ety, and in­tro­duced the topic to other stu­dents with stress-re­lief ac­tiv­i­ties.

An­other group chose the sub­ject of drink driv­ing and in­vited the stu­dents to play a rac­ing video game while wear­ing a vir­tual re­al­ity gog­gles that cre­ated the il­lu­sion of how al­co­hol can af­fect mo­tor func­tion.

An­other pop­u­lar stall that many fe­male stu­dents at­tended fo­cused on the idea of body im­age and build­ing self-es­teem and con­fi­dence by tak­ing care of skin and learn­ing to ap­ply make-up.

Var­i­ous health ser­vices such as Palmer­ston, Western Aus­tralian Al­lied Health In­ter­ested in Bush Ex­pe­ri­ence (WAALHIIBE) and Angli­care also set up their own stalls.

About 250 stu­dents and 40 par­ents and staff at­tended the expo.

Health and phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher Jadon Giel­ingh said he was blown away by the en­thu­si­asm and com­mit­ment from his Year 10 stu­dents.

“They put a sig­nif­i­cant amount of ef­fort in to en­sure that their stalls were en­gag­ing and in­for­ma­tive,” Mr Giel­ingh said.

“It was amaz­ing to see a range of both lo­cal and Perth-based agen­cies sup­port the KSHS Health Expo.”

Pic­tures: Saskia Adysti

Kelly Eras­mus, Cin­tami Turiya and Han­nah Thant.

Dean Pin­ney, An­gel Hay­ward, Bay­ley Dowsett and Aaron Fid

WAALHIIBE stalls dur­ing the expo teach­ing kids about ru­ral health.

Corey Sel­lars and Juma Mr­isho.

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