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Manningham Sustainability Forum 



Caption: Ella Vander Sluys and Caitlin Blair of Our Lady of the Pines Primary School

with the prize winning model of a School Green Learning Centre 2020.


"That was just awesome!" said the two year 6 boys as the left the Forum.  Almost 80 students from Manningham primary and secondary schools had assembled at the Manningham Function Centre for a full-day of exciting activities about living sustainably


The Manningham Youth Sustainability Forum is part of an exciting Council funded initiative for Manningham schools, called Lead 2 Sustain 2011.  Its purpose was to give young leaders in Manningham primary and secondary schools the opportunity to develop their leadership skills in the context of living sustainably.


The event was provided free to schools due to the generous support of Manningham City Council, the Rotary Club of Doncaster, RYLA, Rotaract District 9810 and Tomorrow's Leaders for Sustainability Inc.


It was a very practical, hands-on day that gave students many new skills, especially how to work in a team, think creatively, plan carefully and give presentations to a large group.  These are important skills for leaders of all ages.


In the morning, the students took part in a range of fun activities to get to know each other better.  Later on, they took part in a Sustainability Expo, learning all about native plants, using energy wisely, carbon dioxide and climate change, how to fix dripping taps, water efficient showerheads and they even 'went potty', making paper plant pots from newspaper.


They then worked in teams for the rest of the day, designing and building a 3D model of a 'Green School Learning Centre' for 2020.  The ten teams produced amazingly accurate models of the sorts of schools and homes that we will see in the future.  Said Rotarian Pat Armstrong from the Rotary Club of Doncaster, "The creativity, enthusiasm and cleverness of young people never ceases to amaze and inspire me.  Our future is in good hands with these young leaders."





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