Day for learn­ing

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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