Community Contest Generates Great Ideas

Our Year 9 students have been busy hatching ideas for products and services that will enrich the lives of their neighbours as part of the annual Bendigo Bank How Would You Improve Your Community? competition.
Students pitched their ideas to our panel of judges last week.
Keely Taylor, Sophia Nardone-Kelly and Irene Van Der Merwe’s Stay Safe Beach Project, which employs signs to warn beachgoers of dangers including UV rays, harmful animals and weather conditions, plus bins for old fishing line to be recycled for artwork, was deemed the winning entry.
The girls will go on to represent Comet Bay College at the interschool competition at Murdoch University Rockingham Campus in October.
Humanities and Social Sciences teacher Ben Treasure said this year’s contest was extremely close and all students should be proud of their ideas.
Other projects included council bins to collect tin can ring pulls to be recycled into prosthetics, job readiness support for homeless people, a clamp to prevent rubbish from spilling from bins, a community Nerf Battle event and recycling bottles to make blankets.
“All the Year 9 students that completed presentations were well prepared and all the ideas would add value to the Secret Harbour area,” Mr Treasure said.
“Bendigo Bank’s Nino Sekyere-Boakye attended and was impressed by the level of all student presentations, stating they could all be at the finals if there weren’t restrictions on one entrant per school.”

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