A pod of wildly colourful dolphins have swum into town as part of a vibrant public art trial.  They are here to raise awareness of child and adolescent mental health and come with three clear messages.

1.  You are not alone.

2.  It's OK to talk about your feelings and concerns.

3.  Real help is available.

Mindarie Primary School has been participating in The Big Splash Program, which has been developed in response to the alarming increase in the number of children and young people presenting to Emergency Departments with self harm and attempted suicide - a 400% increase in the last five years.

The program helps teachers and parents navigate the topic of mental health and wellbeing with their students and children. With a focus on building resilience, the program teaches children to recognise their emotions and develop essential coping strategies.

For more information, visit the bigsplashwa.com.au website.


There was great excitement on the oval as we held our first ever Colour Fun Run.  The smiles on the children's faces said it all as they completed the obstacle course, were sprayed with water pistols and sprinkled with colour.  They certainy ended up very colourful!!  Huge thanks go to Narelle Callahan and her band of helpers for making an 'out there' suggestion become a reality.  Many of the more than 680 plus children who participated said that it was better than the annual Colour Run held in the city.  That is a fantastic endorsement of the day.

Staff were thrilled with the event because, unlike the lap-a-thon where they stand at the table stamping cards, they got to join in with their classes.  Another bonus!


Our wonderful sense of community was again highly evident at our annual Open Evening.  Our staff and students really enjoy the opportunity to showcase the programs in place and the learning occuring in the classrooms.  The hour and a half the school is open flies by!


Mindarie Primary School students enjoyed a taste of country life when we were visited by the Royal Agricultural Society of WA. Our children loved being able to walk amongst the animals, getting to pet the sheep, rabbits, chickens, ducks and dogs. As there are chickens and dogs already at our school, the farmer commented how confidently our students handled the animals.   

The stage production “The Country Life” gave students an appreciation of where food comes from and contrasted living in the country and city, through music and dance.

“Many of our students are from South Africa and England and don’t have any knowledge of Australian farming and farm animals. This experience provided them with knowledge about farming, technology, sustainability and careers,” said Ms White, Associate Principal. “While Mindarie Primary School has therapy dogs, the children loved seeing working dogs which were trained to respond to a shepherds whistle. The farmer explained because the dogs round up in excess a thousand sheep at a time it is necessary for them to receive good training.”

DSCN9548 compressedDSCN9644 compressedDSCN9574 compressedDSCN9567 compressed

Mindarie Primary School Choir will be performing in the ‘Act, Belong, Commit’ Children Sing Festival at the Octagon Theatre, University of Western Australia. This exciting choral festival offers students the opportunity to perform in a magnificent venue before an audience of 500 students and parents.

The Act-Belong-Commit Children Sing Festival is an annual, non-competitive event that fosters choral music in primary schools by providing students with an opportunity to perform before others and to hear and see other choirs’ performances.  The Festival was established in 1996 by a group of Primary School music teachers who were passionate about Choral music in schools and committed to furthering performance opportunities for their students.  

Held in the Octagon Theatre at UWA from Tuesday 13th June to Friday 16th June, the Children Sing Festival is open to all Public and Private schools.  Positive, constructive feedback is provided by an experienced choral conductor.  

If you would like more information, the Children Sing website can be accessed through the Massed Choir Festival site - www.massedchoirfestival.org.au.

Research has shown for some time that singing in a choir has tremendous benefits for physical and mental well-being.  It can strengthen feelings of togetherness, reduce stress levels and improve feelings of social well being. This year we are proud to be sponsored by Healthway’s Act-Belong-Commit Campaign.

Keeping active, having a sense of belonging and having a purpose in life are all good for our mental health and wellbeing. We not only feel happier, but we can cope better with problems and stress.

Just try it. Act-Belong-Commit - www.actbelongcommit.org.au

children sing



Page 1 of 3