A Stirling day at community expo

This article has photo gallery Published on LS Bindi Challis (author), CPO Toni Ralph (photographer)

Location(s): Rockingham, WA

Topic(s): HMAS Stirling, Health, Fitness and Wellbeing, Community Engagement

HMAS Stirling's submariner trainees give a lifejacket demonstration to students from Rockingham Beach Primary School during the KidsMatter Community Expo. (photo: CPO Toni Ralph)
HMAS Stirling's submariner trainees give a lifejacket demonstration to students from Rockingham Beach Primary School during the KidsMatter Community Expo.

HMAS Stirling’s Navy Community Engagement Program team and a number of submariner trainees recently took part in the KidsMatter Community Expo at Rockingham Beach Primary School.

The event was an initiative put together to highlight services that are available in and around the local school community.

Essentially, KidsMatter is a mental health and well-being framework for primary schools and early childhood education and care services, and is proven to make a positive difference to the lives of Australian children.

Students enjoyed the interactive static activities and displays put together by Navy’s Community Engagement team.

It was generally agreed that the highlight of the Navy display was the life raft filled with coloured balls.

Showbags full of Navy goodies were handed out, while the submariner trainees donned lifejackets and inflated them, which went down a treat with the inquisitive younger primary school students.

Navy’s involvement was very well received on the day, especially by the 30 students whose parents are based at HMAS Stirling.

As an extra treat, a submarine display showcased the history and information of Navy’s submarines as a way of celebrating 100 years of the ‘silent service’.

Many Rockingham services, support groups and community departments were on display throughout the event providing interactive activities for the children while supplying valuable information to parents, teachers and care givers.