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Looking After our Beautiful Earth

2020 has certainly been a year like no other. We started the year thinking about climate change and the impact on our beautiful country. For many of us, the effect on our world resonated strongly. The call to action was so deep for a group of girls determined to make a difference.

Three members of our student community, Eva (Year 4), Mehak (Year 4) and Karina (Year 1) applied to be members of the Morris Hall Green Team. When COVID-19 made its mark, and they saw images of dolphins swimming in the canals of Venice and wild animals walking in deserted streets due to the lockdown and the limited number of people in the community, they were determined to take action. Human behaviour has a huge impact on our world and these girls believe in their hearts that they can make a difference.  

Each week, the students chose an area to discuss at our virtual Morris Hall assembly. These ranged from home sustainability tips to sharing facts about indigenous plants. They researched, brainstormed ideas and developed a two minute long speech to present live to the entire Junior School via Zoom. Their professionalism astounds the community each week.

What's your 2040?

One challenge involved all of the Morris Hall Grammarians writing their own sustainability pledge. The Green Team were inspired by the movie 2040 and challenged the students by asking them – what's your 2040?  

The Green Team wanted to ask their peers what their hopes and dreams were for the future. As the inheritors of this world, they wanted to spread the message that solutions really do exist, and each and every Morris Hall student and staff member can make a difference. Thanks to the Green Team, each of our Junior Years students has a goal, a little pledge that they know can make a big difference.

What's your 2040?

One challenge involved all of the Morris Hall Grammarians writing their own sustainability pledge. The Green Team were inspired by the movie 2040 and challenged the students by asking them – what's your 2040?  

The Green Team wanted to ask their peers what their hopes and dreams were for the future. As the inheritors of this world, they wanted to spread the message that solutions really do exist, and each and every Morris Hall student and staff member can make a difference. Thanks to the Green Team, each of our Junior Years students has a goal, a little pledge that they know can make a big difference.

What's your 2040?

One challenge involved all of the Morris Hall Grammarians writing their own sustainability pledge. The Green Team were inspired by the movie 2040 and challenged the students by asking them – what's your 2040?  

The Green Team wanted to ask their peers what their hopes and dreams were for the future. As the inheritors of this world, they wanted to spread the message that solutions really do exist, and each and every Morris Hall student and staff member can make a difference. Thanks to the Green Team, each of our Junior Years students has a goal, a little pledge that they know can make a big difference.

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Connecting While Apart

The next challenge involved all of the students making their very own character for 'Spoonville'. Originating in the English village of Winnersh, the Spoonville fad has spread across the world and even here in Victoria, where spoon villages are sprouting in parks and nature strips.

A lady in Melbourne and her three sons provided a home for a family of spoon people on their nature strip in March after hearing of the trend from a friend in Scotland. Locals began to add other residents to the community before a few more Spoonvilles appeared nearby but it wasn't until Melbourne's second lockdown that the spoons really started to 'cause a stir'.

Our Grammarians were all asked to make their own Spoonville character to place in their local community, their backyard or even in the Morris Hall garden. The Green Team encouraged Morris Hall to consider the importance of reusing and recycling and asked the girls to use recycled or natural materials to create their own spoons.  

The Green Team knew that this would be a fun and enjoyable ‘crafternoon’ activity but also had the potential to bring joy to people’s lives by bringing a smile to the faces of those who pass by during this difficult time in our lives.  

Connecting While Apart

The next challenge involved all of the students making their very own character for 'Spoonville'. Originating in the English village of Winnersh, the Spoonville fad has spread across the world and even here in Victoria, where spoon villages are sprouting in parks and nature strips.

A lady in Melbourne and her three sons provided a home for a family of spoon people on their nature strip in March after hearing of the trend from a friend in Scotland. Locals began to add other residents to the community before a few more Spoonvilles appeared nearby but it wasn't until Melbourne's second lockdown that the spoons really started to 'cause a stir'.

Our Grammarians were all asked to make their own Spoonville character to place in their local community, their backyard or even in the Morris Hall garden. The Green Team encouraged Morris Hall to consider the importance of reusing and recycling and asked the girls to use recycled or natural materials to create their own spoons.  

The Green Team knew that this would be a fun and enjoyable ‘crafternoon’ activity but also had the potential to bring joy to people’s lives by bringing a smile to the faces of those who pass by during this difficult time in our lives.  

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Wondering Wednesday

Although we had been learning from home, this did not hold our Grammarians back. The girls demonstrated leadership by proposing possible initiatives that could be introduced at Morris Hall. One such idea was for the Green Team to host a ‘Wondering Wednesday’. Wondering Wednesday ran every fortnight during our Remote Learning Program and provided an opportunity for the Morris Hall Grammarians to inquire into various topics, with an aim to reduce the amount of screen time for a day. It was split into three challenges, with the final one being a large craft project. We were delighted with the suggestion, and the Green Team, full to the brim with excitement, started planning three engaging tasks which they presented via Zoom on the day.  

The day began with the first challenge, taking a walk outside. Once the sounds, sights and smells had been taken in, the students collected natural materials to create a piece of art. The Green Team explained to the students that research tells us that spending time outdoors fights boredom and raises self-esteem. Plus, being outside makes us feel more energetic and alive. These were such important tips during Stage 4 lockdown! The task was extremely successful with many beautiful pieces of art created from Prep to Year 4.

Wondering Wednesday

Although we had been learning from home, this did not hold our Grammarians back. The girls demonstrated leadership by proposing possible initiatives that could be introduced at Morris Hall. One such idea was for the Green Team to host a ‘Wondering Wednesday’. Wondering Wednesday ran every fortnight during our Remote Learning Program and provided an opportunity for the Morris Hall Grammarians to inquire into various topics, with an aim to reduce the amount of screen time for a day. It was split into three challenges, with the final one being a large craft project. We were delighted with the suggestion, and the Green Team, full to the brim with excitement, started planning three engaging tasks which they presented via Zoom on the day.  

The day began with the first challenge, taking a walk outside. Once the sounds, sights and smells had been taken in, the students collected natural materials to create a piece of art. The Green Team explained to the students that research tells us that spending time outdoors fights boredom and raises self-esteem. Plus, being outside makes us feel more energetic and alive. These were such important tips during Stage 4 lockdown! The task was extremely successful with many beautiful pieces of art created from Prep to Year 4.

Wondering Wednesday

Although we had been learning from home, this did not hold our Grammarians back. The girls demonstrated leadership by proposing possible initiatives that could be introduced at Morris Hall. One such idea was for the Green Team to host a ‘Wondering Wednesday’. Wondering Wednesday ran every fortnight during our Remote Learning Program and provided an opportunity for the Morris Hall Grammarians to inquire into various topics, with an aim to reduce the amount of screen time for a day. It was split into three challenges, with the final one being a large craft project. We were delighted with the suggestion, and the Green Team, full to the brim with excitement, started planning three engaging tasks which they presented via Zoom on the day.  

The day began with the first challenge, taking a walk outside. Once the sounds, sights and smells had been taken in, the students collected natural materials to create a piece of art. The Green Team explained to the students that research tells us that spending time outdoors fights boredom and raises self-esteem. Plus, being outside makes us feel more energetic and alive. These were such important tips during Stage 4 lockdown! The task was extremely successful with many beautiful pieces of art created from Prep to Year 4.

The Green Team have also spent time at home making plans for their return to campus, including plans to purchase some wall planters to have on display on the balconies and around the grounds at Morris Hall. Their vision included indigenous plants, honouring the traditional owners of the land we learn and play on, and adding a beautiful touch of green to our walls. Their next project is to write to Dr Meath in an attempt to convince her of the need for solar panels on the Morris Hall roof.  

These young activists have taken responsibility for their learning; they have taken an active role in the local community. They have initiated action, with a strong belief that our planet can be a clean, sustainable place for many years to come. These Grammarians are truly capable of effecting positive change in their own lives and in the world around them. Their sense of hope and optimism is nothing short of inspirational.

The Green Team have also spent time at home making plans for their return to campus, including plans to purchase some wall planters to have on display on the balconies and around the grounds at Morris Hall. Their vision included indigenous plants, honouring the traditional owners of the land we learn and play on, and adding a beautiful touch of green to our walls. Their next project is to write to Dr Meath in an attempt to convince her of the need for solar panels on the Morris Hall roof.  

These young activists have taken responsibility for their learning; they have taken an active role in the local community. They have initiated action, with a strong belief that our planet can be a clean, sustainable place for many years to come. These Grammarians are truly capable of effecting positive change in their own lives and in the world around them. Their sense of hope and optimism is nothing short of inspirational.

The Green Team have also spent time at home making plans for their return to campus, including plans to purchase some wall planters to have on display on the balconies and around the grounds at Morris Hall. Their vision included indigenous plants, honouring the traditional owners of the land we learn and play on, and adding a beautiful touch of green to our walls. Their next project is to write to Dr Meath in an attempt to convince her of the need for solar panels on the Morris Hall roof.  

These young activists have taken responsibility for their learning; they have taken an active role in the local community. They have initiated action, with a strong belief that our planet can be a clean, sustainable place for many years to come. These Grammarians are truly capable of effecting positive change in their own lives and in the world around them. Their sense of hope and optimism is nothing short of inspirational.

Article written by

Kellie Morgan

Executive Director, Early Learning and Junior Years

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Becky Glenton

Deputy Director, Junior Years

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Morris Hall Green Team

Karina (Year 1), Eva (Year 4) and Mehak (Year 4)