Published on: 8 February 2018
Boys from our Junior and Senior Peter Moyes Centre (PMC) are currently underway with artistic works as part of The Big Splash WA, a vibrant art initiative that will see a huge pod of wildly colourful dolphin sculptures take to the streets, parks, and public spaces of Perth and surrounds over coming months to raise mental health awareness and valuable funds for Perth Children’s Hospital.
The Big Splash WA Schools program currently has 45 schools onboard including Christ Church, with participating schools receiving a dolphin sculpture each to decorate and keep as symbols of their ongoing commitment to mental health awareness and wellbeing. Participating schools also receive a Big Splash WA resource kit, designed to engage school communities in conversations around child and adolescent mental health awareness.
“Major research undertaken by Mission Australia in 2017 found that for the first time mental health was the number one issue of national concern for young people in Australia,” says Liam Casson, Director of The Wynne Centre for Boys’ Health and Wellbeing.
“Our involvement in The Big Splash WA presents a fantastic opportunity to further engage our students across the School and community in conversations around an important health issue. As a school, we are extremely pleased to be involved and supporting this worthy initiative.”
“The boys in the PMC are fascinated by this project, which not only is a great activity for them but also the instigator of many powerful conversations around this important topic. We can already witness how their understanding on the importance of mental health is growing. All at the PMC are grateful that the boys are able to actively participate in this wonderful project,” says Daniela Chacon, Acting Co-ordinator of the Peter Moyes Centre.
Funds raised through The Big Splash WA will initiate innovative programs at Perth Children’s Hospital for children and adolescents with severe mental health disorders.