Girrawheen students completed at the Youth on Health Festival in Mandurah

Aaron Lerngo, seated, with Salina Tairoski, Terhas Gebreselassie, Peter Thatmun, Reema Raswin and Chudier Lap.
Aaron Lerngo, seated, with Salina Tairoski, Terhas Gebreselassie, Peter Thatmun, Reema Raswin and Chudier Lap.

GIRRAWHEEN students competed against 17 schools from around the state at the annual Youth on Health festival in Mandurah last month.

The competition is one of Australia’s biggest health-themed youth performing arts events.

The Girrawheen Senior High School Year 10 drama students’ play Life is What You Make it won them a prize for best overall health message and best coverage of the festival’s theme of Our Community.

Drama co-ordinator Jenny Drpich said students spent six months writing the play, which is centred on themes of cultural diversity and challenging stereotypes.

‘The play is personal and reflects the day-to-day challenges that the students actually face,’ she said.

She said coming |runners-up in the competition reflected the students’ positivity and determination to succeed.

Performing schools came from as far as Broome, Karratha, Albany, Kalgan and Serpentine.