Student Environmental Leadership Network

Queensland Academies Creative Industries would like to congratulate Year 10 students, Aniella Baquiran and Josephine Hawley as two students who were selected earlier this year to be a part of the Brisbane City Council’s Student Environmental Leadership Network (SELN). Student representatives were chosen from many participating schools to present their recently completed projects at City Hall this week in front of Cr David McLachlan (Environment, Parks and Sustainability), Erin Lloyd (SELN Coordinator), and a large audience of council reps, teachers and students and community members.

Aniella and Josephine devised a project plan-action-reflect earlier this year which culminated in the Green Geese conducting a litter survey and clean up of Kundu Park, the park adjacent QACI in the Kelvin Grove Urban Village.

Both Aniella and Josphine overcame obstacles, developed leadership and organisational skills and have planted the seed for their pathway into CAS projects for Year 11, a mandatory part of the IB Diploma program involving students in a range of activities alongside their academic studies to grow and to understand that they are members of local and global communities with responsibilities towards each other and the environment.

With a keen interest to share their experiences with QACI’s 2018 Year 10 cohort in the hope that the project can develop and continue to grow as a permanent fixture into the QACI culture, they have been invited to speak at next years SELN event as Alumni.

Josie and Aniella have also won the prize for the ‘About waste’ video and have earned an all access tour with the CEO of Queensland Urban Utilities taking place later this term. Erin Lloyd, SELN Coordinator commented, “Both Aniella and Josie took up every challenge and ran with it”. A true commendation of their efforts.