Students share their message on the big stage
■ 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.
Year 9 and 10 drama students from Karratha Senior High School performed pieces exploring the theme of equality.