Alta-1 Wellness Day 2022
Alta-1 offers learning pathways to disengaged students across Australia. Children come into the Alta 1 program because they have been damaged by trauma. Alta-1 aims to change lives 'one at a time', offering and supporting a means of self-improvement by a program personal recovery and community building. Education is provided against a backdrop of anger and anxiety issues. The program focuses on the children’s sense of belonging to enable them to move onto a path of healing, restoration of lives, identity formation and development of a purpose.
ConnectEd Middle School Campus 12 to 15 age group is the focus student group. There are sixty students with two teachers Melanie Thompson Joanne Urquhart, who felt that there was a need of a day that provided practical skills and learning in a fun environment. Many of theses students are in need of not only support with education but with basic day to day living.
This year the Wellness Day was held on 15 August and Karrinyup Rotary once again provided support. This is the second year Karrinyup has been involved. Fifty-three students came and some parents also attended. Some children may have not attended if the parents hadn’t been with them. Students are all at several levels of healing. The teachers had organised a motivational speaker. The presentation was followed by hands on sessions of hair dressing, styling, hygiene, makeup demonstrations and great fun was had by all. Lunch was presented in a colourful and wholesome style to please even the fussiest of eaters.
After lunch, each of the fifty-three students received a Karrinyup Rotary bag containing: Deodorant, Shampoo and Conditioner, Body Wash, Face Wash, Moisturizing Lotion /Face stuff, Toothbrushes and Toothpaste and a Chocolate bar.
The students were extremely happy with their gifts and expressed their appreciation to Karrinyup Rotary.
Vocational Director Tess Gardner thoroughly enjoyed the great opportunity to spend the day with the students and teachers at Alta-1.
This was a combined Youth and Vocational service programs project. Youth Service donated money to support students to learn a defensive sport and Vocational Service created the avenue to supply the market bag of treasures.