This year’s National History Challenge focused on the theme ‘Making the World a Better Place’. Shenton College has a proud history of success in this challenge.
This year we congratulate Natasha Tonga (12) for winning the State prize for her essay on Menzies and to Sabine Singh for winning the State prize for her essay on Women’s History. Jack Hamilton was awarded Highly Commended for his essay.
On Friday night Lily Purser and Alyssa Wong were awarded the Secondary Schools Sustainability Award at the UN Day Gala event at Government House.
The purpose of UNAAWA is to connect Western Australians with the United Nations in order to promote justice, peace, security and sustainable development for present and future generations. A critical element of this mission is to recognise the related achievements of members of our community and to hold them up as role models to be emulated by all Australians.
The UNAAWA Awards recognise outstanding achievements by individuals, community members and Organisations in Western Australia that have made a significant contribution to furthering the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through local action.
We are proud to announce that two of our year 10 students Lily Purser and Alyssa Wong have won the UNAAWA Sustainable Schools Challenge category for their project Conneativity. It was developed as part of the STEM course this year, where students were asked to take action on an issue that they felt passionate about. Lily and Alyssa chose to address the issue of food waste and worked together to build a dynamic and engaging website to develop a volunteer base linking businesses with excess food to charities that desperately needed it. Conneativity showcases the talent and compassion that these two young women have to share with their community. With the title of UN global ambassadors, the opportunities for these two amazing young women are truly boundless.
Earlier this month Alyssa and Lily also won the Sustainable Futures category of the Youth Affairs Council WA (YACWA) award.
Last night two of our students, Lily Purser and Alyssa Wong, were awarded the RAC Innovation for a Sustainable Future Award at the WA Youth Awards. Congratulations and thanks go to their teachers who have supported their STEM students in achieving amazing outcomes this year. Both Lily and Alyssa have also been named as finalists in the 2017 UNAAWA School’s Sustainability Challenge (winner to be announced at Government House later this month).
The work done by these teachers is yet another example of “more than just marks – learning for life.”