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Fighting Extinction School Stories
There are hundreds of Fighting Extinction Schools around Victoria. Here are some of their inspiring stories. Share your story
St Brigid’s Parish School
Grade 6 student leaders are helping save endangered gorillas by being a powerful voice within their community. The students told the story of They’re Calling On You at their school assembly, wrote articles in the newsletter and created posters to communicate the project, which they posted in a fabulous and intricately decorated gorilla rainforest room. They hosted their peers through an interactive experience that focused on story-telling and discussion. They even created a mobile phone model to highlight the coltan within. With the whole school primed to support the Community Project, the student leaders ran a phone drive and collected over 100 old mobile phones to give to Zoos Victoria with the money raised going to supporting the conservation work of the Gorilla Doctors.
In an eight-week unit dedicated to learning about animal conservation, Year 9 students were challenged to come up with creative ways to engage others in the plight of 21 threatened species. Students worked in teams to develop practical ideas for their chosen species. They wrote letters to politicians, produced books, designed Fighting Extinction jackets and modified board games like Monopoly. These projects helped students learn with purpose and educated others about how they can also "Love Your Locals."
Every year, Woodleigh students hold a one-hour Colour Run on their oval and each student collects sponsorship per lap run. Students get a spray of coloured Holi powder after running each lap too – very motivating. Ten students recently visited Melbourne Zoo to gift a cheque of $3,532.30! They also got to spend some time with the Sumatran Orang-utans and their keepers. As a long-term Fighting Extinction School, Woodleigh students have raised over $10,000 for Orang-utans.
After visiting Melbourne Zoo as part of the Catholic Education Melbourne Activating Conservation Science partnership, Year 6 students decided to take action to support gorilla conservation. Each student was assigned another class within the school to do a presentation about the They're Calling On You project and start the school’s mobile phone recycling collection drive. The money generated from recycling mobile phones with Zoos Victoria supported the Gorilla Doctors work in Africa.
Macclesfield Primary School
One community that is right behind the conservation efforts of a local species is that of Macclesfield Primary School. For over 20 years, this school has been involved in numerous conservation projects to help save the Helmeted Honeyeater. Recently, students undertook projects that involved writing and performing a fabulous song titled Save the Helmeted Honeyeater, which they also performed at the Emerald for Sustainability Festival.
St. Peter’s Primary School, South West Sunshine
After visiting Melbourne Zoo, Year 5 and 6 students decided to help endangered species. They collected old mobile phones for recycling as part of the They're Calling On You project, did a presentation at school assembly about the threats faced by Sumatran Orang-utans and held a mini-fete raising over $800 to support locally endangered species. They also participated in a Seal the Loop action Day, cleaning up the Kororoit River behind their school.