In the very last week of last term we had a Youth Week Extravaganza which involved all students from Year 7-11. Thanks very much to our surrounding community who supported this day and in particular Ms Christine Campbell who oversaw it.
Our students did us extremely proud in their wonderfully responsible and mature manner during the event.
For their support of the Youth Week Expo Albion Park High School would like to thank the following services
- Albion Park Village Meats
- Albion Park Youth and Community Care Child & Youth Adolescent Mental Health Service
- Community Drug and Action Team Defence Force Recruiting
- Department of Sport and Recreation
- Family Services Illawarra
- Headspace Illawarra Koori Mens Support Group
- Illawarra Legal Centre
- Lake Illawarra Police
- Lighthouse Youth housing PCYC
- Relationships Australia
- St George Illawarra Dragons
- Shellharbour City Council Shellharbour City Council Library Services Shellharbour City Council Youth Services Southern Youth
Congratulations to seven students who were outstanding in their roles as roving reporters at our Youth Expo, held last term. Adam Still and Jackson Stolk, of Year 11; Erin Martin, Alana Nicovska, and Courtney Atton of Year 10 and Keira-Lee Meyers and Madison Mikanovic of Year 8, wrote and filed a number of stories on the April 5 expo day. Their stories were published on the Albion Park High School official Facebook page, and gained a wide audience. The seven reporters interviewed students, and members of the community, who visited the school during the one-day event to provide information on the services available to young people in the region. The Expo Day, which coincided with National Youth Week, was aimed at promoting and celebrating the wonderful things young people accomplish and to listen to their ideas on a range of issues.
The roving reporters tackled stories from the light-hearted to the serious. They spoke with community members about the relationship between young people's mental health and social media. They interviewed the school principal Suzi Clapham and deputy principals Paul Ridgway and Christine Campbell about their views on the expo. One of the students also conducted a 'live' video interview with a community spokesman from the St George Illawarra Dragons – it was done in one take with no editing. Supervising teacher Louise Turk said the students extended themselves in their reporting roles to achieve beyond what they first thought was possible. ''The students showed a great deal of maturity when faced with the task of introducing themselves to members of the community they had not met before,'' Ms Turk said. ''They were able to conduct themselves in a very professional manner during the interviews, asking appropriate questions, recording the information, and then composing a story". ''They listened to the instructions and followed them. Their behaviour and commitment to their reporting duties on the day was very impressive.'' Their stories also enabled the wider community to better understand the expo's positive outcomes.