Year 12 HeadStart students celebrated the culmination of their Social Issues project for 2022 with the dedication of a new garden seat built entirely from recycled timber pallets.

The issue for this year’s project is ‘Landfill’ and the students’ research began with a class visit by John McDonald from the Bendigo Sustainability Group who highlighted the waste management issues facing Bendigo.

The students then voted on what their project should be and decided to build a garden seat from used shipping pallets.

Target groups were formed for each aspect of the project, including planning, safety, construction, promotions, and planning today’s function to celebrate the completed seat.

The project was a collaboration between the HeadStart students, community groups and BSSC staff, with input and guidance from Chris Weir of the Emu Creek Mens’ Shed, Peter Hamilton of the BSSC Technology Team, Michael Thoren and Bill Higgs of the Facilities Team and the BSSC Comms team who filmed and photographed each stage of the project.

HeadStart teacher, Karen Green, praised the work of the students, saying the project was about so much more than the creation of a garden seat.

“There has been so much valuable learning and growth amongst the group,” she said. “As these young people head out into the workplace next year our community is in good hands.”

Principal, Dale Pearce, who was invited to cut the ceremonial streamers and dedicate the new seat, was impressed with the many and varied opportunities for learning the project offered.

“It’s clearly been such a collaborative effort,” he said. “It’s wonderful that you’re leaving such a lasting legacy of your time at the college.”

More photos on the BSSC Facebook page