Program teaches kids about cancer
CANCER can be a difficult subject to discuss, but a visit from a travelling puppet show has kickstarted the conversation at Molesworth Primary School.
Camp Quality is in the process of a two-week tour of Tasmania with its puppet show, visiting schools attended by children affected by cancer, and the roadshow reached Molesworth on Thursday.
The puppet show attempts to reduce the likelihood of anxiety and exclusion of a child affected by cancer by spreading positivity and teaching school communities how to be supportive.
Camp Quality primary school education program co-ordinator Elleni Karagiannidis said there were two shows at Molesworth — one for prep to Year 2 students, and one for Year 3-6.
“Puppets are a great way to engage children and adults as well,” Ms Karagiannidis said. “It’s a bit of a taboo subject, cancer, and so to be able to use a puppet to bring across those messages that you’re wanting children to learn and understand is a great way to do it.
“The kids absolutely love it.”
Ms Karagiannidis said the students were engaged with the show.
“We had quite a lot of children come up, which happens regularly, saying ‘we love the puppet show’,” she said.
“But one kid came up and went ‘Oh my goodness, my mum has cancer and I’ve learnt so much about it, I couldn’t understand what it was before but I’ve learnt so much about it’.
“I encouraged the child to then go home and have those conversations with mum to let them know what they learnt and what they understand.”
Camp Quality’s puppet show will return to Tasmania in November.