STUDENTS from Kalamunda Secondary Education Support Centre (KSESC) faced off against a team of Forrestfield Police members in a game of basketball last Friday, concluding a week of celebrations for Mental Health Week.
Before the game, the students received a special visit from the Perth Wildcats who conducted a basketball skill session, teaching the students new ball skills including lay ups, shooting, dribbling and passing the ball.
The 37 students from Year 7 to 10 were rotated on the court in teams of five, giving the police a run for their money.
The police team, led by top basketball player, Sergeant Kelly Ellis, was hard to beat, but the students used their new skills learnt from the Wildcats visit, which helped them play well.
At the final bell, the police ran out winners 29 to 18.
Year 8 student Kaleeya said the experience was great fun.
“It was great to meet the police and the Wildcats,” she said
“We should see them and play basketball with them more often.”
KSESC staff member Chris Saligari said the students had many questions for the police after the game.
“The students spent a lot of time asking the police many questions about their work and were also excited to be able to check out a police vehicle,” she said.
“It was a valuable experience for our students and a great way to end a fantastic week full of activities which certainly contributed positively to their mental health and wellbeing.”