Laurie Lawrence supports Gin Gin High
THE students from Gin Gin High School staged their first pantomime for primary students about being water wise.
Students and teachers worked tirelessly putting together the play and the educational activities.
Primary school aged students from across the region were bussed in to attend the activities.
Swimming coach Laurie Lawrence attended the day’s event and was thrilled with the Kids Alive play.
“This was a fantastic idea and with the full support of the community,” Mr Lawrence said.
Funding has been cut and the Kids Alive program relies on communities to support its projects.
Mr Lawrence said: “We will use this event as a model to take it national. The students should be proud.”
Mr Lawrence filmed each performance and was thrilled to see the students proudly wearing surf lifesaving caps.
Gin Gin may not have surf beaches or even a lake, but students are aware of the dangers around dams, creeks and rivers.
Event organiser Jane Stehbens said it wasn’t easy to organise and she thanked everyone who assisted in making the day happen.
Mrs Stehbens was run off her feet as 300 students made their way through all the activities and the play.
The young students all danced and sang along to the Kids Alive, Do The Five song.
The pantomime was a first of its kind and Mr Lawrence gives his full support. “I have only seen this performed by the Kids Alive team and to see students doing it is fantastic,” he said.
Parents, teachers and students all joined in with the famous tune.
Gin Gin ambulance and fire brigade were at the school, and students were treated to a CPR class.
KIDS ALIVE: Back row (L-R): Jane Stehbens, Jacqui Hurley (Wise Owl), Ashleigh Diggs, Shaun Norden, Madison Van-Baar, Nicola Hay (Frog), Alicia Langley (Boo), Laurie Lawrence, Johanna Cleary (Lifesaver Lil). Middle row (L-R): Enya Williams, Alayhah Rolf, Indy Bengston and Olivia Moenoa. Front row (L-R): Emma Langley, Sienna Clark and Emma Bechly.