Students at St Andrew’s Anglican College, Peregian Springs, have taken their sustainability endeavours internationally recently, with the project from their Future Problem Solving team ‘Recycling Our Planet’.
The project evolved during the Year 7 Community Problem Solving classes in Semester 1 2017.
Team leader, Maya, said a problem was identified after the team carried out a recycling audit on the school bins.
“We wanted to identify an area of concern and work on solutions that really drew in students and made them aware of the consequences of not managing litter correctly,” Maya said.
The project was so successful that the team was invited to the International Finals when the team finished second in the Years 7–9 section of the National Finals, at Knox Grammar School in Sydney in October 2017.
Following on from that success, Maya, Lyla and Isabella recently represented St Andrew’s, Queensland and Australia at the Future Problem Solving International Finals at Wisconsin University, La Cross, USA.
In Wisconsin, the ‘Recycling our Planet’ team competed against school teams from 36 states of the USA, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, New Zealand, Russia and Australia.
“The ‘Recycle our Planet’ team have been an inspiration with regards to their commitment to correct litter management at St Andrew’s and the wider community,” said Mr Peter Dick, coordinator of the highly successful Sustainability program. “They represented Queensland and Australia with great enthusiasm and passion.” Though the girls didn’t place in the Championships, the girls have gained so much from the experience and will come away from the trip with new-found skills and friendships!
The Sustainability program in Years 9 and 10 gives students an opportunity to become more aware of their own connections to nature and allows them to develop an appreciation for the world they live in. It is a program that combines both philosophical and practical components to educate the students in a holistic and hands-on manner.