Leongatha Chairo Christian School
Chairo principal Anthony Collier said the workshop was confronting for students. “It was a pretty full on topic,” he said.
“The presenters, two former ice addicts, talked about what ice is, what it looks like, what having an ice addiction is like, its toxic ingredients and the serious consequences that come with taking the drug.
“At the end, they had the students say all together ‘not even once’.”
Mr Collier said he took a risk by hosting the workshop, which was the first presentation by AAIC given in a Victorian school.
“I had to weigh up whether it would be too confronting for students or too controversial, against the possibility of our students not being equipped to make informed decisions,” he said.
“The reality is, children are going to make these choices at a younger and younger age, and I wanted them to be informed.”
Mr Collier said the workshop was attended by all 55 of the school’s secondary students.
“I don’t think any of them will touch the stuff after today,” he said.
“I will be emailing the other Leongatha principals to encourage them to hold a workshop with AAIC.”