Inspiration to think big
Call to ‘make difference’
By Kylie Knight
If members of the Redcliffe SchoolAid Kids Advisory Team were looking for inspiration for projects to tackle this year – there was no shortage at their first meeting for 2017.
The team, which includes pupils from Clontarf Beach State School, Southern Cross Catholic College and Humpybong, heard from three guest speakers about projects that had made a difference.
Australian Primary Principals Association president Dennis Yarrington is a member of the SchoolAid board and a passionate supporter.
Mr Yarrington spoke at the meeting about how small groups could move a whole school and wider community with one idea.
He cited the example of a Perth school’s fundraiser for Nepalese earthquake victims where students decided to turn their power off at their school for a day.
Parents heard about the idea and some did the same in their workplaces.
“Don’t think little, think big, be inspired,” he said.
He encouraged pupils to be creative and not to go for the first idea.
Pupils also heard from author Sue Lester, who spoke about working in third world conditions.
Cool Schools TV filmmaker and producer Astrid Wells Cooper gave the group tips on promoting their ideas using video online.
This article was originally published by the Redcliffe and Bayside Herald in March 2017.