Waste warriors focus on reducing rubbish at Ashdale Secondary College in Darch

Bike Footprint Tribe-year 7 students with their bike rack. All photos: Martin Kennealey
Bike Footprint Tribe-year 7 students with their bike rack. All photos: Martin Kennealey

DARCH students turned their focus to waste in a two-day program towards the end of term.

Ashdale Secondary College launched an initiative to educate and motivate Year 7 students to consider waste reduction and ways they could create change in the community.

Up cycled art-Samuel Thomazella Menicheli (y7).

On December 11, students did a beach clean-up led by Tangaroa Blue, then the following day they split into ‘Waste warrior tribes’ to take on a variety of challenges.

Those included building an up-cycled art model from rubbish collected at a beach clean-up; investigating micro-plastics or creating a YouTube video documenting the projects.

Other challenges investigated recycling storm water solutions, designing and constructing a device to aid in clean-ups, writing and illustrating a short story, or designing and building a bike compound out of recycled materials.

There was also a group of roving reporters, a drama piece with a focus on fast fashion and an investigation into paper consumption.

Storey tellers-Lauren Willis, Madeleine Falconer, Tanaea Koha and Qui Doan.

Groups also investigated nude food days for waste-free lunchbox packaging, and designed solutions to issues identified in 2018 waste wise audit.

E Waste Wise Tribe-Brandon Vu, Hayden Black, Andrew Tran and Tyler Makepeace (y7).