Ringwood Heights Primary has become an advocate for Orang-utans and inspired their local community to join them in the Don't Palm Us Off campaign.
Students became engaged in the Don't Palm Us Off campaign after an excursion to Melbourne Zoo. On their return to school the students were inspired to design a project to help Orang-utans in the wild. This involved:
Through their involvement in our Don't Palm Us Off campaign the students became ambassadors for Zoos Victoria. They promoted the campaign within their school and to the wider community through displays at local shopping centres.
The students developed a genuine love and respect for our animals and this strengthened their desire to produce interesting and innovative schoolwork. This led to achievements in literacy, communication, civics and citizenship, personal and interpersonal learning.
Comments from Karen, Grade 5/6 teacher: "The kids have made changes. They take notice of the ingredients in their food a lot more and they have had discussions with their parents about palm oil. They have also noticed the advertisements on TV! A group of girls in my class spoke at assembly about palm oil as well. They were definitely engaged with the issue, and it fitted so well with our environmental unit!"