See the Top Five here
Les Robinson is the author of Changeology. He’s an internationally acknowledge leading expert on the design of community change projects towards sustainability. His website is full of interesting resources: www.enablingchange.com.au
Overall Les says:
“I’m gobsmacked by the amazing creativity, energy and amount of work put into all the projects. These kids are brilliant creative koalas!”
Les shared with us why the Top 5 schools excelled
1) They thought strategically
They started with a big global problem, for example ‘hunger’. Then they logically drilled down to identify realistic actions students could really do to make a real difference in their school or community. And they backed the case with research, including data collection via surveys and audits.
2) They implemented substantial actions for change
Once they identified strategic actions, they followed through with real life efforts that touched many people.
Annangrove Public School: set up chickens, worm farm and composter; created a vegie garden, grew vegies and supplied them to Windsor Community Kitchen. They also established waste-free Wednesdays, and ran a school feast.
Medowie Christian School: created a kindergarten garden, ran a Foodway tin drive, and cooked up a whole school feast.
St Brigid’s Catholic Primary School: took a whole of school approach. They started with a survey of what their students were passionate about – that’s a great way to start because everyone has a chance for input. Then they chose not one, but three (!) projects. The steps for each project were logically set out so every team can see the strategy. And each project was implemented. The projects were hands-on, especially growing and cooking your own food – that’s the best kind of change-making, because you didn’t just ‘tell people why’, you ‘showed them how’.
St Marys North Public School: Created a bush food garden, and ran a nude food day that involved the whole school.
3) They were creative
They were fun, innovative and brought out students’ creativity.
Gardeners Road PS: ‘unplugged’ hour without power’ event, supported by a TV and poster campaign
4) They wrote clear reports that were easy and enjoyable to read
The winning schools wrote short, simple, eloquent reports that were a pleasure to read. They also followed the format (which means they remembered all the important pieces).
Annangrove PS stood out in this respect because they set out simple ‘theories of change’ that logically described the necessary ingredients to achieve each goal. This was impressive project planning.
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