Stu­dents flip for dol­phin sculp­ture

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ROCK­ING­HAM Beach Pri­mary School stu­dents have dec­o­rated a sculp­ture of a dol­phin calf for the Perth Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion’s Big Splash WA Art Trail.

Stu­dents painted Robo Flip­per as part of the Big Splash WA School Pro­gram.

The sculp­ture will join a large trail of dol­phins at the Perth Con­ven­tion Cen­tre on Sun­day, March 18. The larger dol­phins will be auc­tioned off on Mon­day, March 19 at the Perth Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre. Money raised from the auc­tion will go to­wards child men­tal health pro­grams.

The aim of stu­dents dec­o­rat­ing Robo Flip­per was to raise aware­ness of sup­port­ing chil­dren’s men­tal health in the school com­mu­nity in a fun and en­gag­ing way. It pro­vided a path for open, mean­ing­ful con­ver­sa­tions around is­sues that stu­dents may not have oth­er­wise raised.

With a fo­cus on build­ing re­silience, the Big Splash WA School Pro­gram teaches chil­dren to recog­nise their emo­tions and de­velop essen­tial cop­ing strate­gies. Par­tic­i­pat­ing schools re­ceive a se­ries of age ap­pro­pri­ate stu­dent re­source kits, each ac­com­pa­nied by a teacher and par­ent kit.

Visit http://www.the­bigsplashwa.

Clock­wise from top: Chyanne Mak­si­movic, Pippa Owen and Mylee Blechyn­den.

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