CQUni students give more 'choices' to school leavers
Published on 08 November, 2012
A group of 11 performing arts students from CQUniversity's Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music in Mackay have delivered a powerful message to regional high school students who are getting ready to celebrate at ‘schoolies' events.
‘Choices' has been showcased to around 4000 year 12 students at high schools in north Queensland (Townsville, Ayr, Charters Towers, Ingham), Central Queensland (Mackay, Bowen, Proserpine, Sarina, Clermont, Moranbah) and Bundaberg during a two-week tour, addressing key safety messages through music, drama and dance.
CQUniversity theatre students (L-R) Hayley Larsen, Yasmin Lancini, Hayley Long, Brent Dillon, Kenneth Brown, Glen Marshall, Phoebe Thompson-Star, Laura Garrick, Hannah Connell, Victoria Mantynen and Brianna Gibbins perform 'Choices'Theatre students at CQUniversity were involved in the writing, directing and choreography of the performance, which gives examples of how decisions made under the influence of alcohol and drugs can have detrimental effects on themselves, their family and friends.
CQUniversity Senior Lecturer Dr Judith Brown said the project has been an important tool in connecting with high school students.
"Choices has grown out of a need to deliver important safety messages to Year 12 students before they embark on Schoolies celebrations," Dr Brown said.
"It is also an important adjunct to school drug education programs as it specifically targets key safety and legal messages around alcohol, drugs and sexual activity with respect to young people aged between 17 and 18."
Now in its 15h year, Choices was originally developed in conjunction with several government agencies including Queensland Health, Queensland Police Service, Department of Communities and Queensland Transport.
Choices is now seen as a significant community engagement project for CQUniversity and won a 2010 Opal Award for Engaged Learning & Teaching...
Students Myles Hornstra, Stephanie McKenna, Laura Garrick and Tegan Arazny in action