The passions project was a recent initiative in year 7 at Trinity Bay State High School. The aim of the program was for each year 7 class (13 in total) to decide on a way to give back to the community. Without any direct influence from me, my year 7 class considered a number of options and finally settled on a rubbish clean up to be undertaken in the local area. Several students noted that our perimeter fence at the back of the school had become quite polluted, so we set about cleaning this stretch of area which also borders a natural swamp and easement.
We had one lesson to complete our project and during that time, our class of 20 students collected 5 large bags of rubbish and diverted 70 cans and bottles from landfill to our recycling bins that we keep in the year 7 area.
Students noticed that the cans and bottles we collected were 'like new' and weren't very old. It was a great way for them to see for themselves how valuable these containers are given that they originate from the Earth's raw materials which uses lots of energy and other resources, only to be then used to quench someone's thirst in a matter of minutes.
This project got recognition on the school's facebook page and during the passion project's presentation night held at the school theatre in the hope that it would inspire other students and the wider community to take personal responsibility for their litter and plastic consumption at all times".
Link to facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/trinitybayshs/posts/1118530538322184
With thanks to Adrian Kass and the students of year 7 for sharing this story with CFWR.