SCHOOLS in Ocean Reef and Tapping have been awarded for their efforts in alcohol, drug and road safety education.
State Government-funded organisation School Drug Education and Road Aware (SDERA) presented awards to Ocean Reef Senior High School for completing its Changing Health Acting Together (CHAT) initiative while Spring Hill Primary School was recognised for reaching the program’s first level.
They were among 38 WA schools acknowledged for their efforts.
Ocean Reef teacher Kim Morrison said the initiative helped the school develop a new drug education plan and build resilience in students.
“There’s a stronger emphasis on support for our students,” she said.
“Our school staff have greater confidence to respond and talk to students about drug related issues.”
Program co-ordinator Mick Jackson-Pierce said the benefits extended beyond the classroom.
“CHAT helps children and young people make safer choices through effective road and drug education and school support, and this has a positive impact on the wider community,” he said.
Schools received funding for the program, as well as free classroom resources and professional development for staff.