IRRAWANG High School Indigenous students were treated to some famous faces this week, with some Indigenous stars visiting the school to run a health workshop with the students.
The workshop was all about “Tackling Indigenous Smoking” and has been generously funded by the Awabakal Medical Services and facilitated by No Limit Management.
Students were treated to three special guests who spoke to the crowd.
Cody Walker, a professional footballer in the NRL with the Sydney Rabbitohs is a proud man of Bundjalung and Yuin Heritage.
George Rose, a former NRL player, played for Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, with whom he won the 2011 NRL premiership, and also Melbourne Storm and Sydney Roosters.
He played for the Walgett Aboriginal Connection in several Koori knockouts and is a proud Kamilaroi man.
International Indigenous model Samantha Harris, a respected Dunghutti woman, joined the football stars to run the workshop group for the morning.
Each of the guests spoke of their life journeys and reinforced to the students the dangers of smoking, encouraging them to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle and stand up to peer pressure.
The students took part in fun, but physical team and confidence building activities, working together to reach outcomes.
The guest stars gave the students an opportunity at the end of the workshop for photos and autographs.
Matt Chaffey, Year 10 student from Medowie said “I really appreciated the mentors coming to our school.”
“From what they told us, it makes me more determined to never smoke.”
Well done to the staff and students for another unique and creatively managed experience for the students at Irrawang High School.
By Rachael VAUGHAN