Engaging teens to think twice

Students with the resource kit The Writing’s on the Wall.
Students with the resource kit The Writing’s on the Wall.

The Writing’s on the Wall is a pilot program for secondary schools that encourages students to think about the underlying causes of unhealthy behaviours such as tagging, drug taking and committing other crimes.

It is based on a script about a fictional teenager who is experiencing a family break up and has to move schools.

He falls in with the wrong group and ends up shoplifting and tagging, with dire consequences.

The Writing’s on the Wall, funded by the City of Melville and the WA Police State Graffiti Fund.

Leeming High year 10 English teacher Chris Mancini said the school had helped test the script. ‘The text is one that deals with content that the class found very appealing,’ he said.

City of Melville project officer Janet Armarego said the resource empowered young people.

‘We are aware that young people often make poor choices that may have serious long term consequences when they are struggling with issues in their life, and not because they are ‘bad’ people,’ she said.

The kit is free to all secondary schools in the City of Melville area. Other schools in Australia can buy it $85 from melvillecity.com.au.twotw.