Halls Head PS students shine at YOH Fest

Halls Head PS students shine at YOH Fest

HALLS Head Primary School showed the high schools how it is done at the 2019 YohFest Peel heats this month.

The troupe was awarded runner-up for Best Health Message for its play Count Me In.

The play educates audiences on how to help students with autism belong at school.

The primary troupe, aged between seven and 11, beat six high schools to win the title.

Yohfest is a statewide arts festival that promotes mental health through drama, dance, art, film and music.

This year’s theme was belonging.

Performing arts teacher Sian Dhu said the win was a testament to the hard work and compassion of her students.

“Usually with primary school performers you play up to the cute-factor, but this year we really wanted to go beyond that and communicate a message that is highly relevant to us,” Ms Dhu said. “Our performers worked hard to develop their understanding of autism for this performance; it opened a lot of fantastic dialogue between the students about classmates they felt could be helped by some of the strategies we explored in our play.”

The school also won for Vibrant and Vivacious Performance and Engaging and Energetic Delivery of the Health Topic.