Cyril Jackson hosts annual health festival in Bassendean

Gaian Heart Wisdom owner Charles Snelleksz-Mathelot, Picture: Kristie Lim.
Gaian Heart Wisdom owner Charles Snelleksz-Mathelot, Picture: Kristie Lim.

HUNDREDS of secondary and university students tapped into healthy lifestyles at Cyril Jackson Senior Campus’ annual health festival in Bassendean.

Students from the campus, Ellenbrook Secondary College, John Forrest Secondary College, Morley Senior High School, Thornlie Senior High School, Curtin University and Edith Cowan University attended the festival on Mat 15.

There were a record of 92 stalls including Life Ready Physiotherapy and Pilates, Swan Districts Football Club, 360 Health, Midland Women’s Health Care, Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, Edmund Rice Centre in Mirrabooka, CJ Arts House, Act Belong Commit, Mission Australia and Gaian Heart Wisdom’s sound healing.

Student Eric Bialas with an echidna from the Kanaya Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. Picture: Kristie Lim.

Festival coordinator Deb Fitzsimons said the festival was on-going.

“The Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre brought in snakes and reptiles which is good exposure for the kids to see what is happening in the world,” she said.

“Neville Collard is an Aboriginal Elder whose brought all his goods and wares to talk to all the kids one-to-one which is really fabulous.

“We also have the physio therapy group to come in and they have a program for students who can’t afford to go and get some pro bono work done for the kids and we will be able to work out who might need that.

“Also, the kids can find out what physiotherapy is because it may be a word that they haven’t learnt before.”

She said the campus tried to give students examples of a healthy lifestyle and well-being.

“You have to know what your blood pressure is at times and you might need to know about sexual health, asthma and lots of different things,” she said.“Many of these students are newly-arrived in Australia, so it (health) is a very new area of knowledge, language and skills that they are picking up.”

More pictures below:

Little Rod Number coffee van owner and former Cyril Jackson student Justin Doust (centre) with current students Loc Nguyen and An Dang. Picture: Kristie Lim.
ECU nursing student Meg Gillard and Cyril Jackson student Odette Lutwamilizere. Picture: Kristie Lim.

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