BID TO HELP SCHOOL AND ENVIRONMENT
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.