Southern Telegraph - - News - Ce­cilia Allen

Stu­dents at Gil­more Col­lege are work­ing to im­prove their school and take care of the environment one step at a time.

The school’s stu­dent coun­cil has been work­ing on a num­ber of ini­tia­tives, which have in­cluded the es­tab­lish­ment of a sus­tain­able veg­etable gar­den, mini worm farms and re­cy­cling projects.

Two toi­let blocks in the hu­man­i­ties and so­cial sci­ence de­part­ment have been painted to brighten up the area and in­clude the de­signs of Ar­madale artist Mor­ris Ja­cobs.

“That was the coun­cil’s wish of 2017, to im­prove the toi­let block area,” hu­man­i­ties and so­cial sci­ence teacher Les­ley Brown said. “The stu­dent coun­cil raised the money to pay for the sup­plies and Mor­ris vol­un­teered his time and de­signs.”

In ad­di­tion to the mu­rals, stu­dents will sell eco-bricks made from re­cy­cled pa­per which can be used for burn­ing and to make mod- ular fur­ni­ture and gar­den spa­ces.

Gil­more Col­lege head girl Olivia Mor­ton said it was “very ful­fill­ing” to see projects come to life.

Head boy Bray­den Kelly said the coun­cil had also started #mak­ing­gilmore­greater to keep peo­ple upto-date with the school’s progress.

“To be given the chance to do some­thing and make a change — with the sup­port of the teach­ers — makes a big im­pact,” he said.

Ms Brown said the school was “sus­tain­abil­ity-driven” and was also tri­alling bot­tle fillers, which would be rolled out to the whole school in a bid to re­duce sin­gle-use plas­tic by en­cour­ag­ing stu­dents to re­fill their wa­ter bot­tles.

“We’re also look­ing to re­fur­bish the Year 12 com­mon room with sus­tain­able fur­ni­ture,” she said.

On March 24, from 7am to 5pm, at Bun­nings Rock­ing­ham, the stu­dent coun­cil will hold a sausage siz­zle to raise money to change the names of the school’s blocks to hon­our in­spi­ra­tional Aus­tralians.

Stu­dent coun­cil­lor Desmond Franks, 15, head boy Bray­den Kelly, 16, coun­cil­lors Michael Mur­cott, 12, and Aliyah Mahusay, 13, and head girl Olivia Mor­ton, 17, have re­cy­cled pa­per to make eco-bricks.

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