STUDENTS in the Perth Hills take plastic pollution very seriously.
Schools across the Shire of Mundaring entered artwork into the 2018 Environment Art Project with winning entries to be displayed on banners in the heart of Mundaring throughout 2019.
The annual art project provides an opportunity for primary school students to engage with local and global environmental issues and promote a positive message about the importance of protecting the planet.
This year’s theme is Plastic Pollution: Reducing our footprint and caring for our planet.
Students investigated the impact of plastic pollution and how they can each make changes to help shape a more positive future for their community.
Students turned what they learnt into colourful designs on display at the Mundaring Arts Centre during August and September.
Shire of Mundaring Environmental staff chose 16 winning artworks from those on display for reproduction onto the town centre banners.
Sawyers Valley Primary deputy principal Andrew Johnston said reducing waste was a top priority for students.
“We like to look after our environment as much as we can and are always looking for ways to recycle, re-use or re-task our waste.”
“All the kids who competed in the project were really concerned about the amount of plastic pollution that we see in our local environment especially how it can end up in our waterways and oceans.”
Helena College visual arts teacher Marie Jacquier said students looked forward to the annual exhibition and competition each year.
“Preparation for their entries began with a discussion on plastic waste in the ocean,” Marie Jacquier said.
“Carlo wanted to focus on the dolphin and how plastic bags in the ocean look like the jelly fish that dolphins eat.
“Ellis took his ideas home and created the strong image of the tree with the very clear message about plastic bags being harmful to the environment and the alternative we can all use, the ‘Life Bag’.”