Book heroes brought to life
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.
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.