The leash was loosened on the early secondary students as Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School held their annual Impact Week.
During the last week of Term 2, students from Year 7 to 9 had the opportunity to develop skills such as problem-solving, project management and teamwork through an array of activities.
The Impact Week activities are based on the same primary principles as the School. As a Round Square School, the students focused on the associated IDEALS: Internationalism, Democracy, Environmentalism, Adventure, Leadership and Service.
The week allowed budding young students to make an impact in their school and the wider community.
Ryan Shaw :: Year 9
Knitting for good
Students at Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School learnt the art of knitting for one very good cause: keeping the homeless of Bunbury warm.
“We learnt new skills which is very good and it makes us feel good,” said Johann Scholtz, Year 9.
These initiatives were part of the School’s annual Impact Week, which enabled the students to make an impact in their community and the environment.
With the help of the Bunbury Soup Van, the student’s hand knitted scarves and beanies will be directly delivered to the homeless people of Bunbury.
Although knitting is an age-old skill dating back to the 16th century, the activity involves the same amount of skill in the 21st century.
“Not dropping a stitch was a challenge,” one student said.
Shvetanshu Davé :: Year 9
Students get a taste of professional art
Margaret River artist, Ms Rebecca Cool, held an illustration workshop for Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School students as part of Impact Week.
“There were some amazing ideas. I hope the students are inspired to become illustrators, artists and writers and that I can see their books on the library shelves one day,” said Ms Cool.
The students of the Creative Publishers group were lucky enough to work with Ms Cool and the students of the media group had the opportunity for an exclusive interview.
Famous for her unique style of art, Ms Cool has illustrated many books such as For All Creatures and Isabella’s Garden.
“Art was the only thing I could do. It was the only thing I was good at when I was at school, so I went to an art school. My work started to sell and that was my career.
“It is all practice,” said Ms Cool.
Ms Cool was excited to inspire young minds and to offer students the opportunity to create their own stories.
Tom Simmonds :: Year 9
Students reduce, reuse and redesign
Students completed woodworking projects that benefit their community and environment using recycled material.
With a focus on recycling, redesign and reuse, the students completed a variety of projects including insect houses and chopping boards, which were sold at the end of the week.
“This project was very interesting. We have been making many things to help the community and I have learned many new skills,” said Roman Torrisi, Year 8.
The insect houses create healthy environments for native and endangered insects in the South West region.
These houses are made of wood offcuts, old bamboo and other materials that would otherwise have gone to landfill.
The three ‘R’s—Reduce, Reuse, Recycle—are already commonplace at Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School.
This project helped students use their knowledge about taking care of the environment to make a difference while also learning valuable practical and leadership skills.
Tom Simmonds :: Year 9
As part of Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School’s Impact Week, students explored food production in small spaces and improved the wellbeing of the School community by designing and building a vegetable garden.
“I enjoyed making some great friends and providing for the community,” said Murphy Byrne, Year 9.
The students were challenged to create an agreed-upon plan for the garden. This helped them develop teamwork skills and a fair working system that allowed everyone time to present their ideas and visions of the project.
The students were a key part in each stage of the process of the garden’s creation, including filling the garden beds and pots, making paths through the garden, setting up reticulation and planting plants and seedlings.
This week-long project helped the Impact Week group learn the ins and outs of small scale food production and how to grow healthy food. As the garden grows, so will its impact on the School community
Aaliyah O’Connell :: Year 8
The trail of Impact Week
Students had the opportunity to undertake the unique experience of building a mountain biking trail as part of the School’s Impact Week.
“My favourite part of trail building would have to be working outdoors and riding around,” said Jonah Lincoln, Year 8.
In the mountain biking group, students built a trail through the School campus’s bush land. In doing so, they learnt about the environmental impacts of working in natural environments, how to work as a team and develop leadership. The trail building activity allowed students to develop several of the Round Square IDEALS.
Boarding students will benefit greatly from the track, being able to access it after School and on weekends, helping them to cultivate a healthy lifestyle.
After the trail was complete, the students had the opportunity to test out the new design.
This is the third-year mountain biking has been an option to students, with many students willing to participate each year and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Aaliyah O’Connell and Soham Saini :: Year 8