R U OK Day: Oxley High fires up the barbecues to spark a conversation

NOTHING can bring a community together quite like a sausage sizzle.

And when you can snag a feed for free, there’s no doubt you’ll draw a crowd.

COOK ALIVE: Students gave away 1000 sausages to help spark conversation about mental health. Photo: Gareth Gardner 050918GGC04

COOK ALIVE: Students gave away 1000 sausages to help spark conversation about mental health. Photo: Gareth Gardner 050918GGC04

Oxley High School put the theory to the test recently giving away 1000 lunchtime sausages, while it kept the hungry hordes happy, the giveaway was about frying a bigger fish in the community.

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The cook-up was a conduit for R U OK Day, which will be marked across the country on Thursday.

Teacher Heath Pett said the day was aimed at getting students and staff talking in an opening and welcoming forum, in contrast to the classroom.

With tough drought conditions being felt across the community, Mr Pett said it was chance to encourage conversation.

“It was just to raise awareness about how people around them are going,” he said.

“When a number of variables aren’t going great, it is always good to be able to talk to a peer, a colleague or a friend.” 

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