Kadina High seen to move on
KADINA High School’s annual Creative and Performing Arts Showcase had been a great success, principal Ian Davies said yesterday.
He said the event had helped the Goonellabah school move on after Deputy State Coroner Malcolm MacPherson handed down his findings at the end of the inquest last week into the 2008 death of Alex Wildman.
The NSW Education Department will accept a number of recommendations put forward by Mr MacPherson last Thursday to help prevent suicide where bullying had played a role.
“Given the tragedy that has happened at Kadina High School there continues to be support for staff and students in every possible way,” Mr Davies said.
“Time moves on and, while the support needed can diminish, it continues to be made available.
“The best way to move on is tofocus on our core business of teaching and learning and encourage student involvement in extracurricular activities, as can be seen from the students’ involvement in the CAPA showcase.”
About 130 students from years 7 to 10 celebrated the theme of Identity by showcasing their talent in music, singing, drama and visual art on Tuesday night and last night.
The students also performed a matinee for Wyrallah Road and Lismore Heights primary schools yesterday.
Twenty students from the school’s vocational education and training program produced the showcase gaining invaluable technical skills in bringing a large production to life.
Music teacher Virginia Johnstone said the CAPA program was proving to be invaluable for students on many levels.
“As teachers we see a huge amount of personal growth in students,” Ms Johnstone said.
“Some of the students are only 11 and it’s their first public performance and that confidence helps them across all the curricula areas.
“They also learn how to work as team members and members of a group because it develops interpersonal skills as well.”
Ms Johnstone said the theme of Identity had encouraged students to express themselves through music, drama and art, both independently and with support from teachers.
“It’s a blend of teacher and student-directed learning,” she said.