Department of Education

Sustainable Schools WA

Sustainable Schools WA

Sevenoaks Senior College


Activity

One of Sevenoaks’ proudest innovations is the incorporation of the Santa’s Workshop Organisation onto the campus and into the curriculum. Community volunteers work in a special centre on site at Sevenoaks. The volunteers collect unwanted toys from the local community and from donations made to the collection bin in the school’s foyer.

With the aid of Technology and Enterprise and Educational Support students, the workshop volunteers clean, repair and revitalise the toys. These are then distributed to children’s homes and other charities as Christmas presents.

This unique organisation highlights environmental sustainability through the reuse of old toys, as well as community partnerships, through the used toy donations from local families, collaboration with local volunteers to fix them and in the valuable contribution made to the various charity organisations that the toys are donated to.

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Just look at all these toys! Imagine the amount of space they would take up as unwanted waste in a landfill disposal facility. Instead, they are transformed into gifts that will be cherished for years to come.

Curriculum Links: Values 4. Social and civic responsibility (4.1 -Participation and citizenship; 4.2 – Community; 4.4 - Contribution) Values 5. Environmental responsibility (5.3 Sustainable development)

Curriculum Links: Technology and Enterprise (Enterprise; Technology skills)

Sevenoaks Senior College is also working together with the Maddington Kenwick Sustainable Communities Partnership to build and support a sustainable local community. In 2005, Sevenoaks’ Practical Geography students designed alternative uses for an old golf course in the community and presented their youth-focused ideas to the Project Co-ordinator of the Maddington-Kenwick Sustainable Communities Partnership.

Curriculum Links: Technology and Enterprise (Enterprise; Technology skills).

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