Manea wins major award for sustainability project

Neveiah ParraviciniBunbury Herald
Year 12 students Sonia Burke, Laragh O’Reilly, Koby McCosker-Nodern, Taylor Kovac and Monique Reeve won the global goals challenge.
Camera IconYear 12 students Sonia Burke, Laragh O’Reilly, Koby McCosker-Nodern, Taylor Kovac and Monique Reeve won the global goals challenge. Credit: Neveiah Parravicini

South West schools won three of the four awards on offer in the Statewide United Nations Association of Australia education competition.

The UNAA annual awards recognise students and teachers who promote global citizenship and sustainability within their communities to aid development and understanding of young people, through project-based learning.

The program offers students from Year 6 to 12 a platform to use their skills and knowledge to construct new ways to improve the world.

Manea Senior College principal Rod Rykers said winning the global goals challenge secondary age group was a great achievement for the school.

“It is a great way for Year 11 and 12 students to not only acknowledge the importance of ATAR but also reward critical thinking for the future,” he said.

Most importantly it encourages thinking outside the square.

Manea took the challenge on board with a team of five students in the secondary division, which had great success with its project which transformed seaweed into a plastic.

School staff members Lynette Hillier and Michele Watson also had success being finalists in the World Teachers’ Day awards.

Mr Rykers said the students were passionate about the use of biodegradable plastic and therefore worked tirelessly out of trial and error to come up with a sufficient alternative.

Margaret River Primary School won the global goals challenge primary age group and had five teachers recognised as awards finalists, with a humanities teacher from Busselton Senior High School taking out a secondary World Teachers’ Day award.

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