Get Up ‘N’ Go Day

March 27, 2015

On Thursday 26 February 2015 Katanning Senior High School held its third Get Up ‘N’ Go Day.  The purpose of the day is to increase awareness of mental health issues as well as build and support resiliency within the school community.

Students were encouraged to have a go at the wide range of activities that were available throughout the day.  These included various community based activities such as drama, photography and art workshops, St John Ambulance display and Konga Dance.  All students had the opportunity to learn some pretty slick dance moves through Perth outfit The Dance Collective and develop their sporting skills in netball, hockey, AFL, soccer and cricket.  The school was supported in doing this by personnel from Football West (Soccer), West Coast Fever (Netball), the WA Football Commission, Hockey WA and the WA Cricket Association (WACA) Development Program.

All students attended the Health Expo comprised of displays from Healthy Schools, Southern Country Health, Roadwise, SDERA (School Drug Education and Road Aware), Aboriginal Health, the Youth Carer program, Palmerston, the Katanning Shire Youth Team and the SACorp (Southern Aboriginal Corporation).  Thank you to all these groups who supported the Get Up ‘N’ Go Day and provided lots of information to our students.  Also, thank you to Sports Medicine Australia and Jess Hayes for their presentation.

Many thanks to Adam Przytula from Armed for Life who was our guest speaker.  The focus of his presentation was building resilience and he spoke about stress management, self-esteem and healthy relationships.  His presentation was lively, entertaining and encouraged audience participation.

Many organisations and businesses helped support the day.  They include the Shire of Katanning, the Katanning Senior High School P&C, Cooperative Bulk Handling (CBH), BKW Co-Op, Landmark, Woolworths and Coles.  A big thank you to them all!

I would like to acknowledge the assistance given on the day by former students Sharuhl Rochmond, Ali Rahmati, Zia Gul Sultani and Gypsy Flemming.  Corey Hull (Year 12) also did a fantastic job organising the sound system so that students could enjoy The Dance Collective music and the lunchtime Hip Hop entertainment.

The school has had many positive responses to the day from the student body and it would seem that they enjoyed the mix of activities, the speakers and took on board the message, ‘that it is OK to have a go’.

Mr Robin Dark—Mind Matters Coordinator