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Tackling social issues with teens in Kalgoorlie

Constable Care loves to travel to regional WA to help keep children safe. Each year we visit more than 20,000 young people in far flung corners of our state. Now, for the first time, we are visiting a regional secondary schools!

Thanks to a grant from Telethon Institute our secondary school team, is visiting Kalgoorlie, using art, filmmaking and theatre to explore challenging youth issues such as mental health and cyber-bullying. 

Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School students will use art and film as a tool to tackle social issues, such as mental health, bullying and cyber-bullying, during a two-week intensive program with professional filmmakers and artists.

The program is facilitated by Theatrical Response Group (TRG), the secondary school arm of Constable Care Child Safety Foundation (CCCSF). It runs from 30 April to 10 May and is made possible with support from WA Police Force and Telethon Institute.

“Art, theatre and filmmaking give students a chance to explore challenging topics in a safe and fun environment,” said Constable Care Child Safety Foundation CEO David Gribble. “Our professional actors and artists will guide students to create, devise, write and shoot short films that will explore issues facing the young people of Kalgoorlie.”

Select students will also work with local Indigenous visual artist Jason Dimmer to create a mural for the Goldfields Arts Centre.

“The students are really keen and are giving us amazing insights into what issues are important to them,” said CCCSF Arts & Education Manager Danielle Antaki. “The art cohort is especially focusing on the idea of their legacy for the community and visually exploring ideas such as the outback, native flora & fauna and indigenous connection to the land.”

The project will culminate in a community showcase event on Friday 10 May at 5.30pm at Kalgoorlie PCYC for parents, families and the public.

“This is a valuable chance for public discussion among the community, driven by the students themselves,” said Mr Gribble.

Evaluation from previous Theatrical Response Group programs show the amount of students feeling ‘left out at school’ decreased from 25% to 12% after the program. It also reduced self-reported feelings of sadness from 71% to 59%.

Students from Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School, CAPS Coolgardie and John Paul College will also be treated to interactive performances from the Theatrical Response Group troupe from 7-9 May, thanks to funding from Aurizon Community Giving Fund.

These performances use ‘Forum Theatre,’ to encourage students to get up on stage and put themselves in the character’s shoes to devise solutions to issues such as bullying and substance abuse.

Related Links:

Theatrical Response Group
Secondary School performances
Constable Care Regional Tours.

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