Captains Educate at Eco Forum

By Brian, Year 6

Cannon Hill State School’s captains ran a successful stall at State MP Di Farmer’s annual Eco Forum this week, educating the public on kitchen gardens, plant identification and seed saving. 

The captains taught members of the public to seed save using basil plant stems, and to identify herbs including rosemary, oregano, chives and coriander. The aim of the stall was to educate people on sustainability while using the garden.

Di Farmer’s Eco Forum was created to make an impact on the Griffith electorate to reduce waste, promote sustainability and provide hands-on experiences for the public. 

Other stalls this year included Ecomarine education, making coffee bean body scrub from locally sourced ingredients, making sauerkraut, recycling, recycling by making pencil holders from old cans and learning how to build your own worm farm.

A highly anticipated part of the event is the panel discussion. This year’s panel included MP Di Farmer, Michael Rose (the manager of Foodbank QLD), John Dee (co-founder of Planet Ark) and other important people in the sustainability world.

The school captains received feedback from Food Bank’s Paul Klymenko, who said that Cannon Hill was doing a great job with their learning. State member Di Farmer was also pleased with the captains’ efforts, commenting: “Cannon Hill, you always do something a bit different.”

The next step for the school captains is to launch their waste projects and test their theories back at school. They will use different strategies to help tackle the problem of their choice that fits under the umbrella of impact and waste. The Eco Forum experience has inspired the captains and helped them to learn about waste and sustainability.

Classrooms crossing continents

By Cian, Year 5, and Elyssa, Year 6

Cannon Hill State School have formed a ‘sister school’ relationship with a school in Vetralla, Italy, trading videos about their school gardens and routines. 

Cannon Hill State School began the exchange by creating a video about their garden (in English), which they sent to Istituto comprensivo Scriattoli, the school in Vetralla. The Vetralla school replied with a video in Italian.  

The purpose of this relationship is to help CHSS and the sister school’s students understand about how schools work in different countries, and to work on language skills. Additionally, Cannon Hill’s Italian teacher, Signora Natalia, believes that “it is one way to bring understanding and peace in our world.”

Children painted postcards to send to their new friends, which included watercolour paintings of plants in their kitchen garden. They wrote messages on the cards saying who they were, what they liked, and their favourite subject in school. A student who painted on of the postcards believes “it was a good way to communicate to schools that aren’t in our country.”

Signora Natalia believes students get two benefits from the exchange. Firstly, they get to learn more about another country’s language. It also helps the other school understand about how schools work in different cultures.