Foundation College students get big ideas about realities of living on $1 per day


Foundation Christian School kindergarten teacher Meracel Bosma, Canning MHR Andrew Hastie, student Matt Ledger, and head of primary Sharon Mitchell (seated). Students Jasmyn Patterson and Makhyla Anderson (standing).
Foundation Christian School kindergarten teacher Meracel Bosma, Canning MHR Andrew Hastie, student Matt Ledger, and head of primary Sharon Mitchell (seated). Students Jasmyn Patterson and Makhyla Anderson (standing).

LIVING on a dollar a day has been the theme for Year 9 and 10 students from the Foundation Christian College Big Ideas Program.

The program has provided students with the opportunity to study and experience what it means to live on one dollar a day.

Students learnt about the effects of eating on a limited diet, learning where food comes from and how farms operate.

They also took their lessons outside the classroom and worked in teams to prepare a garden bed, choose two seedling types and tend to their gardens.

The learning experience culminated in a dining event where the meal for each guest costs no more than one dollar per person to make, as well as featuring core ingredients that were grown by the students.

College principal Andrew Newhouse said Big Ideas develops and encourages ten key areas including collaboration, global awareness, critical thinking, problem solving and communicating.

“This term has primarily focused on the real world issue of poverty and hunger,” he said.