Mitcham Girls High School

Tackling Sustainability through Leadership

11-May-21A student update on young people engaging in meaningful and enjoyable activities to make a positive contribution to the wider community.

Pickling Workshop

At Mitcham Girls High School, we are provided with a plethora of leadership opportunities. One of such is the Sustainability Group, which embodies the growing interest in environmental sustainability in our cohort of students at every year level. Our focus is to devote attention towards providing the motivation and opportunities to take action for sustainability around the school and in our community, and to help create sustainable patterns of living. In this group, students carry out various activities including raising awareness of composting, fundraising by recycling, conserving native plants in the Brownhill Creek Recreation Park through excursions, and maintaining the school garden beds. There is much agency for us to regularly learn and carry out sustainable practices that provide wide-ranging benefits. Hence, we are committed to reducing environmental impact as individuals, a school community and as informed citizens of the world.

Gardening Workshop

Given the global nature of environmental issues, we are also quite passionate about contributing to our wider community. This introduces yet another volunteering opportunity: The City of Unley’s Living Young Reference Group. The Reference Group has delivered the first pilot project – the Living Green Youth Challenge. The Sustainability Group supported this community event through promotion at school as well as participation in the workshops.

The Youth Challenge took place during the Term 1 school holidays and included a series of five 2-hour free workshops for young people aged 12-25 years. It focussed on gardening, recycled art, sustainable fashion, beeswax wraps, pickling and other skill builders, to teach good habits for sustainability. Delightfully, the workshops were booked out and the young people in attendance learnt valuable skills. However, the learning was not only for the workshop attendees because as an additional responsibility, Year 8 MGHS student Ruby Nicholson and myself (Year 12 student) elected to be on the sub-committee. Within this, we helped plan the workshops, participated in event styling training, selected event styling pieces, set-up each workshop space, assisted at the registration desk and even handmade specialty name tags for each participant to wear and take home. Overall, this experience not only furthered our skills and knowledge on event management, but was also an energising means to learn away from the classroom.

Beeswax Wrap Workshop

We hope to continue to see more MGHS students actively seeking leadership opportunities that make a positive impact on the world. For further information, please visit the ‘Student Leadership’ section on our school website.

On behalf of the Sustainability Group,

Sahithya Paramasivam

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