RAYMOND Terrace Public School is very proud and with good reason.
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The schools’ Aboriginal Girl’s Group won two prize sections (Best Artwork and Grand Champion) in the Kreative Koala – Design A Bright Future Competition, late last year and immediately decided to pledge their prize money to the Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary.
Kreative Koalas is an action learning program which engages primary and secondary school students in sustainability awareness, understanding and action through art, design, creativity, teamwork and project development.
The schools are provided with a recourse kit, blank fibreglass koala and paints for students to create an artwork on or to use as the subject of an artwork which focuses on a sustainability theme.
Part of the project pairs the school with a community champion and connects them with experts in the community who hold the knowledge, wisdom and experience to assist the students to learn about local projects which are already addressing Australia’s Sustainable Development Goals commitment.
The project supports and empowers young people to co-create a project that they design, own and deliver either in-school or out in the community with their intergenerational mentors.
This meets their project intention of the continuance of action on Climate Change as well as addressing their role as future custodians of Worimi lands.
The students recently presented the cheque from Kreative Koalas to Port Stephens Koalas while showcasing the artwork which will sit within the Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary at One Mile Beach.
The students donated the artwork which is a large fibre glass koala, ‘Mitjigan Guula’ to Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary.
It is their hope that the sculpture will attract donations for the future care of koalas in the region.
Lynne Strong of Kreative Koalas told News Of The Area, “The students chose to align their artwork with the United Nations development goal of life on the land.
“The students with their mentor created a magnificent artwork that can be used in a public space,” she said.
The artwork celebrates the koala as a species.
Kreative Koalas is a learning program for students which aims to educate, inspire and lead change in the community to address local sustainability issues.
By Marian SAMPSON