St Anthony’s School in Wanneroo wins Young Re-inventor prize

Librarian Darlene Moynihan with students. Photo: Martin Kennealey
Librarian Darlene Moynihan with students. Photo: Martin Kennealey

A PROJECT to divert bottle caps from rubbish earned a Wanneroo school a prize in the Young Re-inventor of the Year 2018.

The cities of Gosnells and Armadale and Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale ran the ‘Switch your thinking’ initiative encouraging schools to re-invent rubbish into things to help keep waterways clean or conserve water.

More than 400 young people from across WA submitted 138 re-inventions and St Anthony’s School in Wanneroo was one of three primary school winners, along with Ashburton Drive Primary in Gosnells and Coolbinia Primary.

St Anthony’s School Librarian Darlene Moynihan said their project involved collecting bottle caps and creating a mural that appeals to people to ‘Protect what we love, save our oceans’.

“As it is International Year of the Reef 2018, our school decided to collect plastic lids to put towards this recyclable project to highlight the problems we have in our oceans and waterways,” she said.

“The students and school community collected many varied, and colourful types of lids which were then glued onto a recycled whiteboard, purchased from the Tamala Park waste facility.

“We also used recyclable plastic materials we found at REmida, recycle centre to create this.

“The scene is an ocean theme including octopus, starfish, crab, seahorse, fish and coral.

“As the scene was an ocean theme, we discussed how we could re-invent this rubbish to reduce pollution which in turn helps to keep our waterways and ocean clean.”