Stu­dents mak­ing a dif­fer­ence

Avon Valley Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Lynn Gri­er­son

HE­LENA Col­lege stu­dents are cre­at­ing a profile in the com­mu­nity by rais­ing so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness through their per­sonal projects.

Each Year 10 stu­dent works on a longterm project in the fi­nal phase of the school’s In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate ( IB) mid­dle- years pro­gram.

Brodie Law­son, of Green­mount, made a re­us­able al­ter­na­tive to plas­tic food wrap from nat­u­ral raw wax sourced from Bee St­ing Honey in Gidge­gan­nup.

“I got the idea on­line when I was look­ing for al­ter­na­tives to plas­tic wrap af­ter dis­cus­sions in school about a war on waste,” he said.

“Once I had tri­alled the ini­tial recipe, I then mod­i­fied to make the prod­uct longer- last­ing and more sus­tain­able whilst us­ing lo­callysourced in­gre­di­ents.”

He be­gan sell­ing the wraps to fam­ily and friends and they proved so pop­u­lar that he set up a stall for lo­cal mar­kets and fes­ti­vals.

His prod­ucts will be avail­able at the in­au­gu­ral Blue Sky Fes­ti­val in Mun­dar­ing on Satur­day and the Perth Hills Ar­ti­san Mar­kets at He­lena Col­lege on March 24.

His project in­volved mak­ing a ‘ tent’ to keep bees away as he melts the wax to make his wash­able wraps.

He es­ti­mated in the past four months he had made about 700 wraps in dif­fer­ent colours.

He plans to plough prof­its from sales into his busi­ness to add more biodegrad­able prod­ucts to his range.

For her IB project, Park­erville’s Jor­dyn Hul­lett or­gan­ised ' The Girl Em­pow­er­ment Project’, an expo spot­light­ing the self­es­teem, im­age and con­fi­dence of ado­les­cent girls.

The expo will fea­ture a talk by 2005 Aus­tralian of the Year Fiona Wood at Guild­ford Town Hall on March 25.

Year 10 projects will be open to the public at He­lena Col­lege from April 10 to 12.

Pic­ture: David Baylis www. com­mu­ni­typix. com. au d479985

Jor­dyn Hul­lett and Brodie Law­son are de­ter­mined to make a dif­fer­ence.

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