The 9 Alive program is a week-long program giving Year 9 students the opportunity to learn more about the environment around us. It includes studying the properties of fire/combustion and its impact on the local ecology at St. Johnstone Farm, collecting and analysing marine debris along the Tasmanian North Coast and spending time at Fosterville farm learning about sustainable agriculture and exploring the science and technologies that are interwoven into successful modern farming practices.

As a part of the program, groups are given two tasks, to create a magazine article for our college focus magazine that reflects on your learning and encourages the reader to respond to a call to action and to create a short video outlining their learning (also with a call to action).

This year’s winning magazine article was written by Abirami Raj, Ruby Tiller, Kate McShane and Tiana Philp.  Their article, Our Plastic World, focused on their beach clean-up experience and plastic marine pollution.

An excerpt from their article states, “As our teacher, Mr Hassell has reiterated, ‘every piece counts.’ We are the generation who will be affected by climate change, and the increasingly large amounts of plastic in our ocean are slowly suffocating the Earths’ waterways and eventually, us. We must decide if we want oceans of plastic along with the rising temperatures from climate change to be our bedfellows in the future. Life as we know it can potentially change: fewer marine life, poisoned seafood, contaminated water and grey plastic for miles below our deep blue seas.”.  You can read their full article via this link.

The winning video was produced by Mietta Gray, Lily Cleeland, Ollie Lindsay and Wylie Howell and is shown above.

Steve Jacobs
Education Outdoors Teacher