Tran­si­tion day teaches about re­silience

Pilbara News - - News - Shan­non Beat­tie

Year 6 stu­dents from pri­mary schools across Kar­ratha and Wick­ham came to­gether last week to pre­pare to take the next step at a tran­si­tion day hosted by Kar­ratha Se­nior High School and funded by the Kar­ratha Ed­u­ca­tion Ini­tia­tive.

More than 370 stu­dents took part in group ac­tiv­i­ties and work­shops run by Pop­u­la­tion Health, headspace, the City of Kar­ratha, Clean­away, Em­pow­er­ing Peo­ple in Com­mu­ni­ties, Clon­tarf and stu­dent lead­ers. Next Step guest speaker Amy Coombe spoke about hav­ing re­silience in the com­ing years.

“There would be peo­ple who are re­ally ex­cited and peo­ple who are ab­so­lutely pet­ri­fied, there’s some who will be dread­ing it and oth­ers who have been wait­ing for this for the past two years,” she said.

“My chal­lenge to all of you is to leave to­day hav­ing learnt one real thing that you can take to school next year that will help you be a lit­tle stronger and walk a lit­tle taller, one thing that makes you feel like it’s OK to be who you are.”

Wood­side rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ben Cranston called on the top song of 1995, the year he was in Year 6, for words of wis­dom to give to the stu­dents.

“In Gangsta’s Par­adise, Coo­lio says ‘they say I’ve got to learn but no­body’s here to teach me’, but you’re not Coo­lio, you have a whole bunch of re­ally good teach­ers and they have your ed­u­ca­tion and your fu­ture in mind,” he said.

Pic­ture: Shan­non Beat­tie

Stu­dents from pri­mary schools across Kar­ratha and Wick­ham­par­tic­i­pate in Drum­beat atKar­ratha Se­nior High School for the Next Step Con­fer­ence.

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