School expo uncovers teen health issues

Year 11 students Damion Holmes, Summer Pollock and Xavien Tata with their diabetes dispay.
Year 11 students Damion Holmes, Summer Pollock and Xavien Tata with their diabetes dispay.

DRUGS, alcohol, sugar and mental health were some of the topics covered at a recent Yanchep Secondary College expo.

The school held a community services health expo in mid-September, coordinated by health and physical education teacher Lauren Morrell and community health nurse Julie West.

Mrs Morrell said the event helped students connect with health organisations and services in the community, giving them an opportunity to speak with representatives, collect information and take part in a range of activities.

Year 10 student Nopera Rangiuia makes a smoothy on the Blenda-bike.

Those activities included wear goggles that mimicked the effects of alcohol and drugs on vision, as well as riding a blenda-bike to make smoothies.

Mrs West said the goggles were part of a display demonstrating how to “party safe” with examples of standard drink sizes for different types of alcohol and bags showing what various drugs looked like.

Groups of Year 11 and 12 students also put together interactive displays of their own work, covering diabetes, mental health and diseases.

Year 8 student Astra Barratt helped make smoothies.