Eastern Fleurieu School Strathalbyn 7-12 campus students participate in DRUMBEAT program

BEAT IT: Eastern Fleurieu School 7-12 campus has the DRUMBEAT program, and participants include year eight student Sienna and year nine student Lilly. They are led by co-facilitator Shayne Tarling. Photo: Dani Brown.
BEAT IT: Eastern Fleurieu School 7-12 campus has the DRUMBEAT program, and participants include year eight student Sienna and year nine student Lilly. They are led by co-facilitator Shayne Tarling. Photo: Dani Brown.

Students going through rough times at Eastern Fleurieu School's 7-12 campus have found positive new relationships amongst their peers during a drumming program.

DRUMBEAT is a 10-week evidence-based program where drumming goes hand-in-hand with talking about issues participants are facing.

It is run by teachers and facilitators Shayne Tarling and Noah Raj, and provides a safe, supportive environment for discussion.

"Students are from all sorts of backgrounds and they're all dealing with difficult issues," Mr Tarling said.

"We're using it as a tool to help with relationship skills, interpersonal skills, resilience and working in teams."

Some of the topics covered include harmony, teamwork, and expressing emotions, and the 'rhythm of life'.

"It's pleasing to see the growth in the students. At the beginning, they were afraid to touch (the drums) in case they do something wrong, and now they do little solos and go out of their comfort zone," Mr Tarling said.

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