School chat improving student health at Canning Vale and Yule Brook colleges


Canning Vale College staff (from left) Angela Somerville, Andy Gray, Miranda Cooke and Peter Rudrum.
Canning Vale College staff (from left) Angela Somerville, Andy Gray, Miranda Cooke and Peter Rudrum.

TWO local schools are among the first in WA to be recognised for improving the health and wellbeing of their communities.

Canning Vale College and Yule Brook College received gold awards for completing Changing Health Acting Together (CHAT), an initiative developed by School Drug Education and Road Aware.

CHAT helps students learn about road safety and the dangers of alcohol and drugs by encouraging schools to run workshops and base lessons around them.

Canning Vale College health program co-ordinator Miranda Cooke said CHAT had improved communication and created stronger relationships between students, staff, parents and the community.

“We are extremely proud to be one of the first schools in WA to complete CHAT; our students, staff and parents feel we have a safe, positive and inclusive environment,” she said.

Another school, Bletchley Park Primary School, received a bronze award for reaching the first level in the initiative.

The program offers step-by-step support to schools to help them develop a cohesive, whole-school curriculum to educate students on the risks.

CHAT provides resources such as templates, action plans and surveys, consultancy advice and financial assistance to participating schools.