In Year 12 Health students get the opportunity to select a health issue in the school or wider community to examine and try to execute change. This year the various groups focused on binge drinking in the senior school, bullying towards Year 9 students, smoking, and poverty in the Eastern suburbs after the Canterbury earthquakes.
The ‘Binge Drinking’ group conducted a survey of three Year 12 classes, and made the results into a video clip to try and change attitudes around acceptable drinking habits.
The ‘Anti Bullying’ group surveyed a variety of Year 9 classes and examined the results. These results were presented at assemblies, and to try to improve the situation the group has placed a ‘bully box’ in each Divisional office, where students can confidentially report cases of bullying that they experience or witness.
The group that focused on poverty in the Eastern suburbs after the earthquake firstly researched the issue by contacting people in the various agencies involved in the support of those in need. After the research, which confirmed that there is very much still a need for support, the group collected cans of food and ran a sausage sizzle one weekend, raising a very honourable $400 for the cause. A speaker from a support agency spoke to the class about the current situation in the Eastern suburbs and what changes have happened since the earthquakes.