Book he­roes brought to life

Pilbara News - - Education - Court­ney Fowler

Kar­ratha Pri­mary School joined schools across the Pil­bara last week to celebrate Book Week, a na­tional cel­e­bra­tion en­cour­ag­ing young peo­ple and fam­i­lies to read regularly.

The Chil­dren’s Book Coun­cil of Aus­tralia runs Book Week at the end of ev­ery Au­gust, with this year’s theme of Books Light Up Our World.

Kar­ratha Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Kate Lyon said read­ing and keep­ing an ac­tive mind was im­por­tant for keep­ing men­tally healthy.

She said the school had re­cently part­nered with the WA Act-Be­longCom­mit cam­paign in a bid cre­ate a more men­tally healthy whole school com­mu­nity.

“At Kar­ratha Pri­mary School we are hav­ing a Book Week dress up, which ties into the Act-Be­long-Com­mit ethos that stu­dents, par­ents, school staff and even the wider com­mu­nity can get in­volved in,” she said.

“By pro­mot­ing the men­tal health ben­e­fits of read­ing, it helps to build in­di­vid­ual re­silience against de­vel­op­ing men­tal health prob­lems.

“Men­tally healthy stu­dents also have bet­ter aca­demic per­for­mance, higher at­ten­dance rates and par­tic­i­pate in less risk-tak­ing be­hav­iours.”

Act-Be­long-Com­mit Kar­ratha Pri­mary School pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor Phoebe Joyce said read­ing im­proved mem­ory, fo­cus, con­cen­tra­tion and helped to re­duces stress.

“It’s a great way to stim­u­late our minds and keep them men­tally healthy,” she said.

The Act-Be­long-Com­mit cam­paign pre­scribes be­ing ac­tive, build­ing a sense of be­long­ing and hav­ing a sense of mean­ing and pur­pose in life for good men­tal health.

To find out more about the Men­tally Healthy Schools Pro­ject visit act­be­long­com­mit.org.au or phone 9266 1873.

Pic­tures: Kar­ratha Pri­mary School

Se­nior win­ners Macken­zie Crane, Kyan Medling, Jai­dyn Dow and Erin Keogh.

Kindy/Pre-Pri­mary cos­tume win­ners Jase Ben­son, Jack­son Homb­sch, Mee­sha Robin­son and Sway Kenny.

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