Students tap into wa­ter pro­ject

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch -

SHEN­TON Col­lege students have taken part in a pro­ject to help those less for­tu­nate, pro­vid­ing wa­ter fil­tra­tion sys­tems to peo­ple in Uganda.

More than 80 Year 9 students took part in the pro­ject last month, build­ing sim­ple wa­ter fil­tra­tion kits, pur­chased by the P&C.

The pro­ject is part of the school’s ef­fort to take part in com­mu­nity ser­vice pro­jects on an in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal level.

Head of learn­ing and com­mu­nity, Year 9, Gary Green said the pro­jects were also about students work­ing to­gether to build the sys­tems.

“The pro­ject has al­lowed our students to work in a col­lab­o­ra­tive way to prob­lem-solve, com­mu­ni­cate and to un­der­stand they can play a vi­tal role in the sup­port of others,” he said.

“Many students felt great pas­sion for this pro­ject, with over 80 at­tend­ing. They felt the chance to give a family ac­cess to a ba­sic hu­man right such as wa­ter was so very pow­er­ful.”

Mr Green said the students could also track where the sys­tems went and how they helped peo­ple in less for­tu­nate coun­tries.

“The fo­cus on our ser­vice-based cul­ture at Shen­ton is such an im­por­tant life-long skill in de­vel­op­ing aware­ness, com­pas­sion and a ca­pac­ity to en­gage with other in our in­ter­con­nected world,” he said.

Shen­ton Col­lege Year 9 students Isaac Davies, Jessie Horn, Kate Mountain and Viim Lester­houis.

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