Stu­dents share their mes­sage on the big stage

Pilbara News - - News - Court­ney Fowler

■ More than 40 stu­dents from two schools in Kar­ratha trav­elled to the Pil­bara heats of YOH Fest at the Matt Dann Theatre in South Hed­land last month.

YOH Fest, the State’s big­gest youth per­form­ing arts event, gives stu­dents State-wide the op­por­tu­nity to take part in an in­no­va­tive ap­proach to health ed­u­ca­tion.

Stu­dents from schools in­clud­ing Hed­land Se­nior High School, Kar­ratha Se­nior High School and Bayn­ton West Pri­mary School at­tended the event, which is in its fifth year lo­cally.

Year 9 and 10 drama stu­dents from Kar­ratha Se­nior High School per­formed two 20-minute per­for­mances ex­plor­ing the theme of equal­ity, writ­ten and di­rected by the stu­dents.

The Year 9’s play Three, which ex­plored bal­ance in so­ci­ety through the pro­jec­tion of three doors, was awarded a merit award for orig­i­nal­ity.

The Year 10’s piece, Jour­ney to the Cen­tre of Ralph, was also awarded a merit award for an en­gag­ing sto­ry­line, which fol­lowed cen­tral char­ac­ter Ralph and his ex­pe­ri­ences with equal­ity in a hos­pi­tal set­ting.

Year 10 stu­dent Har­riet Ad­shead re­ceived a merit award for her vis­ual art en­try de­pict­ing the power of equal­ity on a se­ries of black and white paint­ings.

KSHS drama teacher Tara Armstrong said it was an in­valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence for her stu­dents to write and per­form a play in a pro­fes­sional theatre set­ting.

“The level of pro­fes­sion­al­ism dis­played by the stu­dents was amaz­ing,” she said.

Bayn­ton West Pri­mary School was the only team in the ju­nior dance cat­e­gory for the Pil­bara re­gion.

Their dance per­for­mance won the En­ter­tain­ment Value award.

Health and phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion Teacher Ellen Grochowski said she was proud of the be­hav­iour dis­played by her stu­dents.

Three stu­dents from South Hed­land Se­nior High School were se­lected as fi­nal­ists for YOH Fest and will at­tend the fi­nal event in Perth on Oc­to­ber 24.

Pic­ture: Kar­ratha SHS

Year 9 and 10 drama stu­dents from Kar­ratha Se­nior High School per­formed pieces ex­plor­ing the theme of equal­ity.

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