Giving young people the skills to collaborate, communicate and connect, the Kreative Koalas program helps students design and create a brighter future for themselves and their planet.
At present, Australia is facing one of the highest species extinction rates in the world, as well as experiencing increased pressures on biodiversity and natural resources due to land clearing, development, climate change and land-use pressures.
The koala is a highly recognisable and charismatic species known across the world and it is an entry point to encourage a broader understanding of the issues that are affecting environmental sustainability in Australia.
Supported by Hunter Local Land Services, Kreative Koalas invites schools to research one of the Sustainable Development Global Goals committed to by world leaders in September 2015.
With the assistance of community experts and Young Farming Champions, the students establish and deliver a local project, as well as interpret their findings artistically by creating an artwork on a giant fibreglass koala.
Kreative Koalas is an opportunity for students to engage with their local environment and to work collaboratively using all of their combined strengths to examine a local issue.
We have a diverse range of ecosystems in our area that support the local tourist economy, with koalas and whales being a major drawcard.
This program will help students understand their roles in sustainability and as global citizens.
Students from St Michael’s who are identified as gifted will take part in the Kreative Koalas project.
Along with St Michael’s, students from Raymond Terrace Public School, St Patrick’s Primary School, Cessnock, Lochinvar Public School, Gresford Public School, Vacy Public School, Thornton Public School, Medowie Christian School, Bobs Farm Public School and Bellbird Public School will also be a part of the 2019 program.