STUDENTS REDUCE WASTE WITH SCULPTURE

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STUDENTS REDUCE WASTE WITH SCULPTURE
5th July, 2017

St Canice’s Primary School in Katoomba has started its own war on waste this year. Stage 3 students Marley Harrison, Bodhi Miller, Sam Kennedy and Leo Curry tell the story of their Save Our Seas project.

At St Canice’s this year we have been learning about environmental sustainability. This has all been due to our yearly school Sculptures At School project (SAS). It all began with students replacing their plastic sandwich wrappers with beeswax wraps. Students from Kinder to Year Six are now using less plastic, their rubbish is going home with them where it can be recycled, and we are now seeing less rubbish in the playground.

This year’s SAS theme has been SOS (Save Our Seas) to raise awareness of the amount of rubbish being produced and the amount of stuff that gets wasted. As part of the SOS project we have learnt to upcycle plastics and rubbish. We have made plarn (plastic yarn) and constructed a giant humpback whale made from upcycled materials.

Upcycled plastic whale sculpture by St Canice's Primary School students

Giant Humpback Whale sculpture made from upcycled materials.

As part of our SAS exhibition, Kindergarten made barnacles out of upcycled knitted squares and plastics. Stage One investigated the Gully, which they found out used to be the Catalina racetrack, which destroyed an ecologically and culturally sensitive place once inhabited by the Gundungurra and Darug peoples. Stage Two focused on turtles and other marine life; they examined ghost fishing and the impact of rubbish on marine life. Stage Three explored their footprint on the earth. They upcycled shoes and created art works depicting the negative impact people are having on the sea. They wrote narratives from the perspective of the shoes, urging people to change their ways.

Waterfall local waterways installation made with plastic waste by St Canices Primary School students

Waterfall installation made from recycled plastic bags and plastic litter collected by students in their school playground to draw attention to the impact of plastic waste on our Blue Mountains waterways.

As part of building awareness of the negative impact of the amount of litter we produce, our school has adopted a humpback whale named Canice. All these initiatives have supported St Canice’s becoming an environmentally friendly school.

Meet students and staff from St Canice’s to find out more about the project and learn how to make plarn at Plastic Free July Community Celebration – Saturday 8th July 11.00 am – 1.00 pm at the Co-op, Ha’penny Lane Katoomba.

 

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