International research project competition victory for Perse students
11 Jan 2021
Upper Sixth students Bella Crowne and Milou Ottolini have triumphed in an international research project competition.
They won the SAGE (Strategic Alliance of Global Educators) Project Passport competition with their proposal to compare approaches towards sustainability between The Perse and Camberwell Girls Grammar School in Melbourne, Australia.
Bella said: “We were surprised but happy to discover we had won. We entered the competition because we liked the idea of collaborating with a different school from somewhere else in the world and wanted to see how another school functions. We thought it was such a unique opportunity to see a different country in a different way.”
Both students are members of the Perse Green Team and keenly aware of the importance of looking after the environment, so felt sustainability in schools would be an important topic to tackle.
Bella said: “It’s a common goal of ours to help improve the sustainability of the school and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to do something green on a wider scale and incorporate other schools into it.
“It also felt quite fitting as the environment is a very relevant subject right now. It’s something that everyone is becoming more aware of and a lot needs to change in the next few years to stop climate change, so we wanted to be a part of that change.”
They chose Camberwell for their comparison due to the effects of climate change already being felt in Australia, as well as wanting to provide a broad geographical perspective on how schools are dealing with becoming more sustainable.
Their proposal aimed to compare how both schools viewed climate change by finding how involved pupils were in making greener choices and what methods the schools used to be more sustainable.
This included setting out different categories to be surveyed such as how pupils travelled to school, methods to reduce lunch waste, recycling at school and the sourcing and sustainability of food.
Bella added: “We enjoyed putting together a clear and concise plan and we were particularly proud of our development of the project which would have, in the future, brought other SAGE schools into a sustainability-minded team.”
Winners usually have the chance to put their project into practice by travelling to the other school. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, it is uncertain whether Bella and Milou will get the opportunity to bring their plan to fruition. However, they were thrilled that their proposal was chosen by the judging panel.