Balga SHS’s best drama students get ready for YOH Fest grand final


Mahina Oneroa, Arad Khalili (in tree), Te’Kia Krakouer, James Dirrssa, Tui Weston (in tree) and Schace Riley. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Mahina Oneroa, Arad Khalili (in tree), Te’Kia Krakouer, James Dirrssa, Tui Weston (in tree) and Schace Riley. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

BALGA Senior High School’s best crop of drama students will contest in the Act-Belong-Commit Youth On Health (YOH) Fest Grand Final next week.

The Act-Belong-Commit YOH Fest is in its 19th year and is a health promotion project for high school and primary students to share stories through dance, drama and visual arts.

Balga’s piece, The Demise of the Inner Judge, focuses on resilience and tells a story of everybody’s inner judge.

Drama teacher Kathryn Maughan said it was a light-hearted performance, which used song and dance to deliver the story.

Principal Geoff Harris said drama was a powerful learning tool for multicultural students.

“Balga SHS has a great team of drama staff but the linking of drama to real issues and students are faced with in their own lives in the community,” he said.

“The drama platform is a supportive framework for kids to share some of these things through conversation.”

Mr Harris said the school’s junior team made the final after just missing last year.

“They will be very passionate to do well and we obviously think they are a good chance,” he said.

YOH Fest chief executive Rhys Williams said the school had been one of the most successful schools in the festival’s history.

The grand final will be held on Saturday, October 29 at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.