Student's project tackles plastic waste at Rosary Park Catholic School, Branxton

INNOVATOR: Rosary Park Catholic School Branxton student Madison O'Donnell has developed a variety of solutions to tackle the issue of plastic waste in the school community.

INNOVATOR: Rosary Park Catholic School Branxton student Madison O'Donnell has developed a variety of solutions to tackle the issue of plastic waste in the school community.

A Year 6 student at Rosary Park Catholic School, Branxton has devised with a variety of solutions to combat plastic waste in her school community.

Madison O'Donnell developed the solutions for a project for the Virtual Academy, a program for gifted students.

Thanks to Madison's project, the school now has redesigned bin and recycling system, a compost system, and the canteen is using alternative products to produce less plastic waste.

"Hopefully, if our recyclable system is innovative and appealing more would use it, and using a compost system will waste less fruit and vegetable and the compost can go towards our garden," Madison said.

"Speaking of our garden, in our canteen we can use more fruit and vegetables in our canteen menu which will use less waste."

While at times she found working the project challenging, Madison has learnt how to push past those roadblocks to find a solution.

"It's been a challenge to push myself to go further and putting the plan (solution) into action," she said.

"I've learned how to push myself more academically and learned a great deal more about patterns.

"I saw patterns as only things you saw in maths, but I've learned they're in so many other aspects of life."

The Virtual Academy is part of the Catholic Schools Office Gifted Education K-12 strategy, which commits to providing gifted students with learning opportunities to realise their full potential.

Rosary Park teacher Janelle Dixon said Madison's time in the Virtual Academy is also helping her in the classroom.

"Her learning is being shared with the entire class," Ms Dixon said.

"The Virtual Academy helps not only the individual but everyone around them in the traditional classroom setting.

"She is learning she can listen and learn from others and they can listen and learn from her."

Virtual Academy educator Rebecca Heath said she has been impressed with the way Madison has worked with others during her time in the Academy to aid her learning.

"Her ability to take on board feedback is great and she always comes prepared and willing to share he knowledge with others," Ms Heath said.

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