Mindarie Senior College spreads sustainability message through expo and recycling stations

Year 11 students Freya John and Courtney Alderdice from Mindarie Senior College. Picture: Matt Jelonek.
Year 11 students Freya John and Courtney Alderdice from Mindarie Senior College. Picture: Matt Jelonek.

SUSTAINABILTY is spreading across the Mindarie Senior College campus through recycling initiatives and an annual expo.

The school held its fifth annual Sustainability Expo on August 9, which focused on environmental issues such as recycling, upcycling, micro-organisms and ecosystems as well as preserving endangered native animals.

Teacher Elise Gaglio, who organised the event with colleague Tracy Smith and students, said the event increased students’ understanding of sustainability.

Mindarie Senior College students Bailey Bond-Swadling, Ben Featherston and Teina Fisher with (back) Connie Callans and Liam Esson. Picture: Matt Jelonek.

She said activities included seeing how much power students could generate on a rowing machine, making newspaper pot plants and using mobile phones to examine micro-invertebrate and local beach sand.

Mrs Gaglio said students also did water taste testing, played recycling games, did a Kahoot Quiz on sustainable development goals, met local rescued animals and learnt about the importance of reforestation for the economy.

The City of Wanneroo, Mindarie Regional Council and Earth Carers, Water Corporation, Parks and Wildlife Service, Kinross College, Kinross Primary School and several private organisations were involved in the event.

The college also recently received a $4393 Waste Wise Schools grant from the State Government to upgrade its recycling infrastructure with new bins and a hub station that could collect beauty product containers.

Mindarie Senior College students Bethan Fountaine and Jenna Bailey with Kinross Primary School students Dakota Cavanagh and Drew Davies. Picture: Matt Jelonek.

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson announced 37 grants earlier this month that schools can use for resources to educate students about sustainable waste practices and ways to reduce waste going to landfill.

Landsdale Primary School received a $4100 grant for worm farms, gardening equipment and recycling collection bins.

Mindarie Senior College students Angel Blackbourn and Chloe White with Hollie Jones from West Oz Wildlife and Judah the Koala. Picture: Matt Jelonek.

There were $2200 grants each for East Butler Primary to buy compost tumblers, gardening equipment and student green team vests, and for Ocean Reef Senior High to get blue recycling bins for paper and a paper shredder.

Greenwood College received $2197 for paper and plastic recycling collection bins, signage and a worm farm.

A $2174 grant for Spring Hill Primary School in Tapping goes towards installation of iScopeStands – which have lenses that turn smart phones and tablets into microscopes for closer examination of compost creatures – and to buy compost bins, gardening equipment and student green team vests.