Port Elliot Primary School, Eastern Fleurieu School students discuss sustainability, waste at summit

THINKING AHEAD: Scarlett (EFS Ashbourne), Bradley and Ruby (Port Elliot Primary School), and Coyote (EFS Ashbourne) share their ideas for the future. Photo: Dani Brown.
THINKING AHEAD: Scarlett (EFS Ashbourne), Bradley and Ruby (Port Elliot Primary School), and Coyote (EFS Ashbourne) share their ideas for the future. Photo: Dani Brown.

Port Elliot Primary School and Eastern Fleurieu School students met up at Port Elliot Surf Life Saving Club to discuss ways they can be more sustainable at school and home.

At the Students Speak Summit on August 2, a group of about 40 students from reception to year seven heard from guest speakers, took part in workshops, and brainstormed ideas regarding sustainability, waste reduction, and dealing with environmental impacts.

It was organised by PEPS teacher Sandy Warner, with the help of innovation and design teacher Hugh Benger and student wellbeing leader Karen Robinson.

It came after a summit she ran last year regarding STEM and allowed children to brainstorm, create and build on their own ideas.

"Even though there were speakers and workshops, it was a children-run summit," Karen said.

Guest speakers were Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie, Commissioner for Children and Young People Helen Connolly, Fleurieu Regional Waste Authority's Jo McPhee, NRM's Rob Wallace, and Hugh and Karen.

Karen said a focus point was around how the students could educate not only their peers but other members of the community as well.

"One of the groups talked about environmentally-friendly toys modelled out of clay on endangered species, so they can learn about them and have them as an educational tool," Karen said.

"They were really enthusiastic and they've come up with lots of ideas."

She said the summit will lead to a shark tank, where students will present their innovative ideas to a panel.

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