In Phase 3 PBL, we’ve moved our project focus on to Culture and Identity. Through each of the subject lenses, Years 7 and 8 will be exploring the driving question ‘What makes us who we are?’

It got some of our students worried. What about the project from last term, focusing on sustainability? How can we move on to learn something new when there’s still so much to do to reduce the human impact on the environment? They way we looked it was like this; with project based learning, the outcome is always legacy. What is the legacy of your project? What change have you made, in yourself and others? Why can’t we look at our identity as consumers and change the culture of our school community to be in perfect harmony with the natural world?

Following this discussion, one of our inspiration young people, wrote this piece. Please take your time to read it.

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Climate Change by Olivia, Year 7

‘We’re facing the biggest environmental challenge our species has ever seen. No matter what we’re passionate about, something we care about will be affected by climate change.’(WWF)
Climate change is here and this is what it looks like:
Australia is on fire, the ice in Antarctica is melting, melting glaciers are impacting on freshwater ecosystems. Tigers, Atlantic puffins, Snow leopards, Asian rhinos, Orangutangs, African elephants, polar bears and Adelie penguins are all endangered.
The sooner we take action, the better chance we have at preventing the impacts on our rapidly warming world. The world’s best scientists tell us that to undo the most extreme scenarios of climate change, 2020 must be the year for coordinated,  comprehensive climate action. But we’ve got a lot of work to do before then.
As we near the 2020 deadline, national governments must decide how low their emissions can go.
But this is a major worldwide action on climate change, so it won’t be easy.
The fires have affected livelihoods, homes and up to one billion animals. When the fires clear we’ll need to restore what has been lost. Australia appeal will help provide urgent care for injured wildlife, restore homes for koalas and plant trees that are urgently needed for koala habitats. Follow the link to become a Koala Protector.

I took a test to see how big my environmental footprint is I have reached the 2020 target!!! How big is your environmental footprint?

This short film explains more about the Australian Bush Fire’s: