Consulting the next Generation

Donna Buckley

Our 330 year eight students and their mathematics teachers were treated to a trip to our Curtin Theatre today to watch the 2040 Film by award winning director, Damon Gameau. Students considered what their future could like if we were to shift to electric and driverless cars and the impact this would have on reducing our carbon emissions.

Information in the film focused on the impact transport has on our environment and emotional well being. A positive future was displayed where car parks had been transformed into community gardens of fresh produce. More information can be found

This lesson set the scene for the introduction of student's Statistical Investigation on air pollution. With this classroom activity students not only learn about the types of air pollution and their health impacts, but have an opportunity to look at real data and analyse it. A copy of the Excel spread sheet data is attached to this article.

Students also have access to their Hands Up Survey results to include as a part of their report. And a live poll taken during the event gave the assembly a more interactive feel to it, allowing students to have their say fro their devices.

It was wonderful to see our student leaders manage the event and our Roots and Shoots team were supurb as they shared the successes they have had with their recycling program. Reminding students how individual changes have an impact on the college community's contributions to landfill and carbon emissions.

Building on these successes they encouraged their peers to use these same principles to create a collective change in the college to switch to active and sustainable transport methods.

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James (Your Move)

Hi Donna - great to hear that you are launching into YM with the next cohort! It is interesting to see that the issues priorities haven't changed since the previous year 8s did their ranking - it shows that environmental issues are consistently important to young people. The excel sheet doesn't appear to have uploaded - if you email it to me at I can attach it for you. You have earned 25 points for your launch event plus 10 for sharing all the details.

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