13 September 2019
Halls Head Primary School showed the “big kids” how it is done at the 2019 YohFest Peel heats last weekend.
The HHPS troupe were awarded Runner Up Overall for The Best Health Message for their play ‘Count Me In’ which educated viewers on how to better help Autistic students belong at school. The primary troupe, aged 7 to 11 years, beat six High Schools to win the title.
Yohfest is a State-wide Arts festival that promotes mental health through Drama, Dance, Art, Film and Music. This year’s theme was “Belonging”.
HHPS Performing Arts Teacher, Sian Dhu, said the win is 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” Miss Dhu said.
“Our performers worked hard to develop their understanding of Autism for this performance, and 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.”
HHPS also won two more awards for A Vibrant and Vivacious Performance and An Engaging and Energetic Delivery of the Health Topic.