The programme launched in New Zealand last May (2019) with an extraordinary uptake from schools. Smashed will reach 18,000 year 9 students this year across 120 schools with funding currently being secured to roll out to all 60,000 year 9 students in 2020. Each performance is followed by an interactive workshop where pupils will be invited to probe the cast on issues brought up during the play and discuss the consequences of underage drinking. A global survey of Smashed participants shows the programme, developed in collaboration with young people, has had a real impact on teenagers and their attitude and behaviour related to alcohol. These teaching resources have been designed to support teachers and other adults working with children and young people to follow up on the Smashed theatre performance and workshop and to explore the issues presented in more depth. The Smashed Project is dedicated to promoting responsible attitudes toward alcohol amongst youth. “We know from our own research that the younger people are when they begin drinking alcohol, the more likely they are to develop poor drinking behaviours later in life and this is a pattern that we are looking to change.”, “The unique theatre-based approach to education is proving incredibly successful globally as students are engaged in an interactive way. Following the performance a 30 minute interactive workshop engages students in discussion as they explore the facts further. About the Smashed Project. Teachers can follow up by utilising our teaching resources that provide a host of additional activities and lesson plans based around the story and characters of Smashed. The first performance, featuring a play about a group of young friends who find themselves in trouble as a result of drinking alcohol, was delivered to 400 students across three shows held at Mt Roskill Grammar School in Auckland yesterday. SMASHED, which was established in the UK in 2005 and will this year be delivered in 21 countries worldwide, has been brought to New Zealand as part of responsible drinking initiative the Tomorrow Project and will be delivered by the Life Education Trust. Tomorrow Project spokesperson Matt Claridge says establishing the Smashed programme in New Zealand is an exciting opportunity to address the issue of under-age drinking as well as encourage a responsible approach to alcohol as adults. Smashed Project . To find out more, go to www.smashed.org.nz, Coronavirus, alcohol and your mental health, Parents: Mind your drinking during lockdown, Isolation: how to cut down your drinking at home. Designed for Year 9 students, audiences follow the lives of three young people and witness how they become involved with alcohol and how it affects their lives. The Life Education Trust logos, Dancing for Life Education logo, Empower logo, name ‘Harold’ and illustrations of Harold the Giraffe in various forms are all registered Trade Marks and cannot be used or reproduced without permission. Smashed Project is back on its nationwide tour of New Zealand’s secondary schools aimed at equipping year 9 students with the skills they need to counter peer pressure to drink alcohol. -       95% of students said they understood more about the dangers of underage drinking than they did before the workshop, -       Students who knew the legal age for buying alcohol in their country increased from 78% to 94%, -       86% of pupils demonstrated confidence in where to get help with alcohol related issues after the programme (an increase of 33%). To find out more about Smashed Project, go to: www.smashed.org.nz, Coronavirus, alcohol and your mental health, Parents: Mind your drinking during lockdown, Isolation: how to cut down your drinking at home, 84% of students surveyed said they felt better equipped to make the right choices about drinking alcohol, 91% saying they’d wait until 18 to try alcohol for the first time, 93% of teachers surveyed said their students have learnt more about the dangers of underage drinking than they knew before. A thirty minute performance communicates important information and facts about alcohol and shows the potential impact of underage drinking on; relationships with peers and adults; academic results and aspirations; anti-social behaviour and violence as well as accident and injury. “We’re delighted we have the opportunity to work with youth and support them with a programme that has a proven track record internationally.”. The Smashed Project is a global educational theatre programme dedicated to reducing underage alcohol consumption. Region: National. Last year it was delivered to more than 200,000 students from 23 countries around the world by Collingwood Learning and its delivery partners. If you're working on a project that aims to make a positive impact on New Zealand writing and publishing, apply for a Contestable Fund Grant - $75,000 is ready and waiting. Smashed Project is back on its nationwide tour of New Zealand’s secondary schools aimed at equipping year 9 students with the skills they need to counter peer pressure to drink alcohol. A new, internationally acclaimed theatre-based education programme was officially launched yesterday, aimed at equipping year 9 students with the skills they need to counter peer pressure to drink alcohol. The Smashed Project is a ‘theatre-in-education’ programme which involves a live theatre performance and an interactive workshop for young people.

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