Theatre sends message
Primary school children in the Kimberley had the chance to learn some valuable safety lessons in a unique way recently.
Constable Care Child Safety Foundation performers Andrew Dawson and Courtney Turner used puppetry and theatre to teach students in Broome, Beagle Bay and Bidyadanga about bullying, protective behaviours and internet safety.
“Students have responded very well, especially to Fun Scary, our protective behaviour performance,” Dawson said.
“It’s a fun show with a very important child safety message.
“It was a real pleasure visiting students from Broome and its surrounding communities. It’s a beautiful part of the country.”
Dawson and Turner, alongside the Constable Care puppets, visited St Mary’s College, La Grange Remote Community School, Sacred Heart Beagle Bay, Broome North Primary School, Broome Primary School and Cable Beach Primary School in the space of a week last month.
The Constable Care Child Safety Foundation embarks on up to 16 tours of regional WA each year.
Foundation chief executive David Gribble said regional communities often missed out on city-based programs, but local children still experienced the same social issues and peer pressures as those in metropolitan areas.
“As a Statewide service, we ensure country children don’t miss out by scheduling visits to regional and remote areas continually throughout the school year,” he said.
“In fact, more than 25 per cent of our in-school programs are delivered outside the Perth metro area in places such as the Kimberley, Pilbara, Goldfields and Great Southern.”
Constable Care performers Andrew Dawson and Courtney Turner use puppets to teach children about bullying, protective behaviours and internet safety.