Students show off some dance moves at the It’s Your Choice Have a Voice hip-hop dance event at South Grafton High School.
Students show off some dance moves at the It’s Your Choice Have a Voice hip-hop dance event at South Grafton High School. Adam Hourigan

Teens hip-hop to healthy behaviour

THE most impressive thing about yesterday's hip-hop workshop at South Grafton High School was that it went ahead even though the state's teachers were on strike.

Some 50 students and at least six teachers participated in the It's Your Choice Have a Voice workshop aimed at addressing issues of sexual and reproductive health, drugs and alcohol.

A salsa workshop for parents was held at South Grafton Ex-Servicemen's Club last night and another hip-hop workshop will be held at Grafton High School today, before the main event - a free public show - at the club tonight from 5pm.

Campaigns co-ordinator Harp Kalsi said Grafton was the 11th community in which the program had been run and students had responded well.

She said serious talks on sensitive issues such as sexual health and drug abuse were weaved into the workshop in a way young people could engage with.

Reproductive sexual health worker with Bulgarr Ngaru Jackie Milsom said she hoped to make the workshops an annual occurrence.

She said South Grafton High School principal Brian Heath had been very supportive.



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