Doc-u-drama a les­son in safety

School’s drama show­ing the im­pact of car ac­ci­dents

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - Jodie Dixon Jodie.Dixon@isistc­news.com.au

STU­DENTS in Year 11 and 12 from Gin Gin High School have taken part in a docu­d­rama to high­light the very real con­se­quences of mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dents.

The re-en­act­ment of a car crash was chill­ingly real and gives a very ac­cu­rate ac­count of the life­long con­se­quences of be­ing in­volved in one.

It is a timely les­son for se­nior stu­dents as they pre­pare for adult­hood by get­ting their learner’s per­mits or P-plates.

As­sist­ing with the dra­matic scene were the emer­gency ser­vices or­gan­i­sa­tions who vol­un­teered their time and re­sources to make the ex­er­cise such a valu­able life ex­pe­ri­ence for stu­dents.

Prin­ci­pal Paul Ste­hbens said that, sta­tis­ti­cally, the most dan­ger­ous place for our stu­dents over the next seven years was on the road.

Docu­d­rama was first en­vis­aged in 1995 as a prac­ti­cal way of alert­ing stu­dents to the im­por­tance of driv­ing safely, and the aw­ful con­se­quences that could stem from that one mo­ment of inat­ten­tion, care­less­ness or bad choice.

“Stu­dents wit­nessed the drama and hor­ror of the crash, and then watched as the am­bu­lance, fire and res­cue and po­lice went about their grisly busi­ness,” Mr Ste­hbens said.

“We would love to see them all in 30 years’ time happy, suc­cess­ful, healthy and ful­filled adults whose choices in life have been good ones. How­ever one mo­ment of mad­ness be­hind the wheel can change all that in an in­stant.”

The fi­nal sce­nario in­volved the un­der­taker zip­ping a life­less body into a body bag, tak­ing her to the morgue to be iden­ti­fied.

Many stu­dents found the docu­d­rama con­fronting.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

LIFE LES­SON: Gin Gin High School’s docu­d­rama on driv­ing safety.

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