Day for learning
LAKELAND Senior High SChool students enjoyed a range of activities, including yoga, mindfulness and sport, as part of the school’s Mentally Healthy Day on Tuesday.
Lakeland SHS health and physical education head Alastair Reid said this year’s event was the biggest since it began three years ago, with students able to learn tips and tricks that promoted good mental health such as physical exercise, good diet and being social.
“This year the students rotated through different activities such as yoga, art, mindfulness activities, wheelchair basketball, bubble soccer and a range of organisations presenting to the students,” he said.
“There was an expo where community organisations promoted their services and products and this year we added a festival, where we had a range of activities, food trucks, and music.
“Feedback from previous years suggests that the students really enjoy the day and take good ideas away to improve their mental health.
“Mental illness is a growing issue within the community throughout WA and Mentally Healthy Day was introduced to provide students with ways to be proactive and maintain positive mental health.” NOVEMBER 1 was a day of fun while learning for South Coogee Primary School students, who took part in two national initiatives on the same day.
More than 400 South Coogee students joined half a million children from across the country to sing the same song at the same time as part of the Music: Count Us In program.
South Coogee PS music teacher Tracy King said it was the first year the school had taken part and the students had been really excited.
“It is important for students to be involved in Count Us In, as it exists as an advocate for music in Australian schools,” she said.
“It is a music program, not just about learning a song, and this has given students the opportunity to learn how to write lyrics, see footage of how the song was written and then see how it was made in the recording studios.”
After the performance the students ditched their desks for Outdoor Classroom Day, where they took part in fun educational activities such as scavenger hunts, mud play and drumming circles.
“The students enjoyed their Outdoor Learning day because it got them out of the classroom and doing different activities outside, including climbing, outdoor challenges and working with their buddy classes,” Ms King said.