THERE was fairy bread, fairy floss and smiles galore when Rochester Secondary College students unleashed their inner child at a recent Victorian Youth Week event.
With zorb ball soccer, pass the parcel, movie screenings, primary school games and a joint school artwork, it wasn’t long before everyone was enjoying a trip down memory lane.
Students also enjoyed a compilation of music from their past, with Rochester Lions Club providing childhood snacks.
Funded by the state government, the event aimed to celebrate young people aged 12 to 25 and promote an inclusive environment among all students.
‘‘We wanted to create a supportive, fun and social atmosphere,’’ project manager Kahla Else said.
‘‘Activities were chosen to showcase students’ talents and abilities, empowering students and attempting to increase their sense of belonging.
‘‘Students were also given responsibility in the planning and execution of the event — to foster leadership and teamwork and to develop their own personal skills and confidence levels.’’
Kahla, a past student at RSC who recently completed a Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion at Deakin University, has been volunteering in both the grant application and planning of the event.
Kahla teamed up with Ruth Borger, the student representative council executive and student helpers to put together the two-hour event, which encouraged students to relive their childhood through activities and dress-ups.
Rochester and Elmore District Health Service, Rochester Lions Club and Leo Club and the Lockington Business Centre also pitched in to make the event a success, providing assistance and equipment hire.