Kinder kids clean up

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

MOAMA Angli­can Gram­mar kinder stu­dents have been named the most per­sua­sive waste war­riors.

Cam­paspe Shire Coun­cil in part­ner­ship with Ve­o­lia challenged eight schools in a six week Waste Pi­o­neers Pro­gram to en­gage, ed­u­cate and pro­mote good re­cy­cling habits.

The schools that took part in the pro­gram were St Mary’s Pri­mary School Rush­worth, Col­binab­bin Pri­mary School, St Pa­trick’s Pri­mary School Ton­gala, Rochester Secondary Col­lege, Stan­hope Pri­mary School, Moama Angli­can Gram­mar, St Mary's Pri­mary School Echuca and Echuca Cen­tral School.

Ve­o­lia’s sus­tain­abil­ity co-oor­di­na­tor Francesca Stafford vis­ited each school in July and spoke about waste and sus­tain­abil­ity with the in­tro­duc­tion of the Waste Pi­o­neers Pro­gram (in­clud­ing the ma­jor project pitch).

‘‘The project pitch re­quired stu­dents to come up with a model, prod­uct or busi­ness pro­posal for a 1.25 litre plas­tic bot­tle,’’ Ms Stafford said.

Plas­tic bot­tles are the most com­mon item seen at Ve­o­lia’s Ma­te­ri­als Re­cov­ery Fa­cil­ity (MRF) in Echuca.

As part of the pitch pre­sen­ta­tions, stu­dents were given the op­por­tu­nity to tour the MRF to dis­cover where re­cy­cling goes af­ter it is placed in the yel­low lid re­cy­cling bin and how it gets sorted.

Judged on cre­ativ­ity, in­no­va­tion and pre­sen­ta­tion, the Gram­mar’s kinder class spent the term col­lect­ing plas­tic soda water bot­tles from home and build­ing a large ot­toman us­ing hula hoops, re­cy­cled bub­ble wrap and card­board.

They en­gaged the school com­mu­nity to help with the project and even had a par­ent sew to­gether patch­work scraps to make a cover for the ot­toman.

The class uses its ot­toman ev­ery day for read­ing, demon­strat­ing a cre­ative use of re­sources to con­struct some­thing use­ful for their school.

Sec­ond prize was awarded to the grade four stu­dents at St Mary’s Pri­mary School, Echuca for their im­pres­sive project cre­ation, The Big Drip­per, a pump-ac­ti­vated and drip-fed wall of live pot plants.

Third prize went to Rochester Secondary Col­lege’s year 10 stu­dents who de­vel­oped a busi­ness, Blue Water Cases, propos­ing to cre­ate a pro­tec­tive phone cover out of plas­tic bot­tles col­lected from the ocean.

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